The Way We Wore It
A look back at the biggest perfume milestones
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Before the 70s, France was the world leader in fragrance, and their scents were very complex, says perfumer Kilian Hennessy. To this day, its very difficult to identify the notes in the ever-popular Chanel No. 5 [created in 1921].
Revlons Charlie changed the game in 1973, says Hennessy. With strong notes like jasmine and orange blossom, new American scents matched the image of the liberated woman.
Composed of a few straightforward notes, Diors Poison, created in 1985, was bold and recognizable. In the time of big shoulder pads and big hair, fragrances had to make big, loud statements, too, says Cotys Catherine Walsh.
A backlash against 80s excess, suddenly everyone wanted to smell like a glass of water, says Walsh. The popular marine scent Leau dIssey (1992), literally means Isseys Water. Two years later, unisex fragrance CK Ones packaging mimicked a bottle of water.
Thierry Muglers Angel launched in 1992 but only became a success three years later and kicked off a gourmand trend in the process.
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