Fragrances

Victorinox, innovative fragrances for men.

Victorinox, innovative fragrances for men.

Victorinox, the makers of the original Swiss Army Knife, has now 15 years in the making of fragrances. Already in 1997, with the launch of Swiss Army classic Eau de Toilette for men, they got the Perfumery international award for Best Design. Now, 15 years later, the Swiss company continues in its path of innovation in the masculine area by launching 2 amazing products: – Swiss Army Classic Icon EDT – Swiss Army Forest EDT SWISS ARMY CLASSIC ICON EAU…

New Balenciaga Flora Botanica – disappointing

New Balenciaga Flora Botanica – disappointing

It is true that we cannot succeed everything, and with the launch of the new fragrance by Balenciaga – Flora Botanica – it is precisely the case. Basically we cannot understand why such a launch. Is Coty Inc, the owners of the Balenciaga fragrance license putting pressure on Balenciaga ? Or is it just “Ok, we got it wrong”. As we can see the new “egerie” is Kristen Stewart. And here already troubles start. Why her? She is the typical…

Zadig & Voltaire Tome 1 La Pureté for him

Zadig & Voltaire Tome 1 La Pureté for him

Zadig & Voltaire, the french fashion Brand is launching in this beginning of the year a new fragrance duo called Zadig & Voltaire Tome 1 La Pureté for Her and for Him. I got the opportunity to review the masculine version. The Brand was created in 1995 by Mr. Thierry Gillier, grand-son of André Gillier (co-founder of Lacoste). The Brand name, Zadig & Voltaire, is inspired by the Novel “Zadig, or The Book of Fate” written in 1747 by the…

Angel by Thierry Mugler, happy 20th anniversary!

Angel by Thierry Mugler, happy 20th anniversary!

The fragrance Angel by Thierry Mugler is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. From 1992 (its launch) and 2012, it was a real adventure, going from an extravagant dream towards the establishment of a market leader. Let’s celebrate! Everybody is waiting to know what surprises the brand with the star is preparing. In the meantime, follow this timeline. The Fragrance industry is by far one of the most dynamic segments of the luxury business. Each year, we identify more than…

Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême, disappointing.

Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême, disappointing.

La Maison Chanel is revealing this week a new fragrance, Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême, a flanker of Allure Homme Sport, already a flanker of Allure Homme. Purely disappointing. On the feminine side, Chanel always makes us dream. N.5 Eau Première was a beautiful creation and the Exclusive collection is for most of them real wonders. But in the masculine side, creation stopped with Egoiste in 1990. With Allure Homme Sport Eau Extrême, we have a less peaceful sport as…

Louis Vuitton Parfums, a new journey.

Louis Vuitton Parfums, a new journey.

In the Fragrance industry we can have historical Fragrance houses, the Cosmetic brands, we have the fashion houses, the jewelers or even very “marketed” brands. And now we have Parfums Louis Vuitton. This french luxury house is at the same time a summary of the entire luxury industry. A great heritage, a timeless elegance and a sexy creativity either thanks to their Artistic Directors but also with great artistic collaborations. And now they are going to have Fragrances. Since Marc Jacobs…

Chanel Chance, 3 new videos

Chanel Chance, 3 new videos

Chanel launched 3 new videos about Chance, Chance Eau fraîche and Chance Eau Tendre. 3 fresh and interesting spots with a smile on top. We can see the top model Sigrid Agren. She is half french-swedish and she has worked for many top fashion houses as a model: Chloé, Lanvin, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Stella McCartey…  She totally represents the innocence of Youth in which everything is possible, you just need to cease your … chance! She is 17 years old,…

Miss Dior Chérie, Marketing wins…

Miss Dior Chérie, Marketing wins…

It is official, The Fragrance Brand Christian Dior has decided to call Miss Dior Chérie as simply as Miss Dior. But what happens to the 1947 Miss Dior? Well, it becomes now Miss Dior “Original”. What should we think about it? 1947 Miss Dior represented the uniqueness of Dior with its new look. The war was over and everybody was looking for something new, something exciting… a renewal. And since then, Miss Dior parfum was a big hit. This beautiful…

YSL Opium new TV ad… just pure class.

YSL Opium new TV ad… just pure class.

This month, Yves Saint Laurent Parfums launched the new TV advertising for its incredible fragrance for women, OPIUM. It is by far the most elegant, luxury, divine, amazing and incredible high-class Tv Ad that came across my eyes and my ears on the past 2 years…. minimum! The Ad features british actress Emily Blunt, best known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, and The Adjustment Bureau. She has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, two London Film Critics’ Circle Awards,…

Finally the Fragrance industry has its bible…

Finally the Fragrance industry has its bible…

In november a new book about Perfumery will be launched. But this time, it will be a master reference. I remember when I was studying at the Fragrance Institute in France, that there was no books. In deed, there were no reference books like we have in many other disciplines. I always wondered why so? Several people, perfumers and consultants mostly, wrote several books about or around the Fragrance industry. But none are considered as references, in the way I…

Sisley Eau d’Ikar – the new video

Sisley Eau d’Ikar – the new video

Sisley is launching in October its new masculine fragrance called EAU D’IKAR. Eau d’Ikar gets its inspiration on the myth of Icarus. In greek mythology, the main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and the melting wax caused him to fall from the sky. For Sisley, Ikar is a name that represents a poetic intention. The…

Chanel, Mugler… which train would you catch?

Chanel, Mugler… which train would you catch?

At Luxury Activist we realized that Trains and Fragrances are very linked. Not that trains smell or that Fragrances look like trains, but we realized that 2 of the market leaders in the fragrance business decided to use a similar story to illustrate their iconic fragrance: a train travel. The First one was Chanel with it’s famous N.5. We can see a very elegant film in which a woman takes a train and lives an intense adventure, mostly thanks to…

Balenciaga Paris – L’Essence

Balenciaga Paris – L’Essence

Balenciaga is launching a new fragrance under Balenciaga Paris line. It is called Balenciaga Paris l’Essence. It is a more intense version of the original fragrance, a more intimist approach. Charlotte Gainsbourg is still the timeless beauty of one of the most elegant fashion houses in France. When Balenciaga launched Le Dix in 1947, the Fashion house started writing its legend in the Fragrance history books. A great fragrance defying time and trends. In 2010, under the impulsion of Nicolas…

The new face(s) of Womanity by Thierry Mugler

The new face(s) of Womanity by Thierry Mugler

One year after the launch of Womanity, the latest women fragrance, Thierry Mugler launches a new visual campaign that is supposed to re-vamp the initial concept. According to the fragrance Brand, Womanity is about the invisible link that connects all women together, all ages, all generations. The first visual was in line with a certain idea of mythology as you can see here: On this first visual we can see 4 pictures took from the concept film made by Thierry…

Sisley Eau d’Ikar, new fragrance for men

Sisley Eau d’Ikar, new fragrance for men

Hi, I got an invitation from Ms Sonja Glavas, Marketing and PR manager for Sisley Cosmetics for the presentation of their new fragrance for Men: Eau d’Ikar. You can see my first article about it here. Thanks to this appointment, I could get deeper into the understanding of the concept, the flacon and the fragrance itself. Eau d’Ikar gets its inspiration on the myth of Icarus. In greek mythology, the main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by…