1432 was the number of new perfumes released in 2013. Michael Edwards’ annual reference book Fragrances of the World, from where that statistic comes, is now available for $US210. This the 30th anniversary edition.
I liked how the Fragrance Historian, Octavian Coifan expressed his opinion last year about the number of 2012 releases which was 1330. I cannot quote Octavian as he has taken his site offline. His site, 1000 Fragrances, was dedicated to the elevation of perfumery as The 8th Art. The site was too deep in the perfume pool for me to understand a couple of years ago. Now that I know more, I miss this resource, and his erudite writing on perfume. Octavian took a positive approach to the number of releases.
Images via Jurnalul.ro
In a world largely at peace, there is the opportunity for technology and artistry to work together to create truly wonderful expressions of perfume. Entire industries are able to focus on scent rather than on other things. Of course some of this focus is merely commercial. To find these truly wonderful expressions of perfume there is a lot of dreck to sort through to find the wonder of it all. But when you find it, it is indeed a wonder.
The cover of last year’s Fragrances of the World featured a floral arrangement by Saskia Havekes whose Floral Atelier, Grandiflora, has since branched out into perfume with the release of Grandiflora Magnolia – Sandrine and Grandiflora Magnolia – Michel. Grandiflora Magnolia – Sandrine is pictured second-from-the left on the second-to-top row of the current edition of Fragrances of the World.
In 1993 there were 132 new perfume releases, by 2003 the number had grown to 581. As noted above, 2012 saw 1330 releases and in 2013 retail shelves made room for a further 1492 new perfumes. This information as well as the classification of all of these fragrances are detailed in Michael’s latest book.
Michael Edwards – Fragrances of the World – website
Kristine W – The Wonder of It All