Fragrance News: Chandler Burr Appointed Perfume Critic for the New York Times Style Magazine

"The New York Times Style Magazine broadens its beauty coverage, the 14-times-a-year supplement has signed its first regular critic. Chandler Burr, author of the book, "The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession," will pen a regular column, "Scent Strip," beginning with the Aug. 27 women's fashion issue. Burr has been a contributor to the magazine for the past year and also has written about fragrance for Food + Wine and The New Yorker. T editor Stefano Tonchi said Burr brings a unique intelligence to the topic: "He deals with the world of fragrances in a way that no one else has done before by contextualizing the historical roots and social implications."

Isn't that a little overstated Mr. Tonchi? All the perfume historians I read do that...perhaps a little brushing up on the literature is required for the editor?

Source: Women's Wear Daily 

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  1. Yep, it's just a little overstated, lol! However, I look forward to reading his articles.


  2. I am too. It's great news.

  3. My first thought was, and I thought I was tired of all the news about the war. My second thought was, okay, is this a cushy job, or what? Going around smelling people? Finally, I think whoever decided to appoint a full-time skin sniffer to the New York Times been riding in too many elevators with too many people wearing way too much perfume.

    p.s. Many raw fragrance materials have little available health and safety data. 2) There is little regulation of monitoring of fragrance by regulatory agencies.

    christopher zurcher
  4. Hi Christopher,

    Thanks for your thoughts. Yes, we live in blissful ignorance regarding perfumes' compositions as well as impact on health and the environment.
    I see that you don't really believe in the sincerity of the epiphany experienced by whoever it was that appointed a perfume critic to the NYT:)


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