Fragrances of the World - Parfums du Monde 2008 by Michael Edwards, Fresh Off The Press {Fragrance News}


It is that time of the year again. Each year for 24 years, fragrance expert Michael Edwards has been publishing a reference book on new perfume launches that took place the preceding year. It is hard to believe, but the first Fragrances of the World listed only 323 new releases. In 2008, looking back at 2007, the fragrance scene is simply not the same anymore; the new edition sees the addition of 815 perfumes all begotten in one year time and comprises references to over 5,700 perfumes total. The industry "Bible" is now 196 pages thick,

"Available from early January, Fragrances of the World 2008 is the only guide to classify selective, niche, direct retail, 'masstige', mass market, limited edition and seasonal fragrances. It is dedicated to Michael Edwards' close friend and mentor Guy Robert, the master perfumer and 'nose' behind such legendary classics as Hermès Calèche, Madame Rochas and Dioressence.".......

The heightened rate of launches adds further value to this research,


The statistics below illustrate how the rate of fragrance launches has increased over the years

                   2000 – 2007                      1992 – 1999

TOTAL        4177                        1484

FEMININE        2611                          858

MASCULINE        1121                          462

UNISEX         445                          164

FRENCH        1433                          532

AMERICAN        1095                          391

ITALIAN          637                          240

FLANKER          689                          259

SEASONAL          630                            27

NICHE          854                          250



FLORALS        1474                          465

ORIENTALS        1239                          416

WOODY          630                          165

FRESH          484                          201

FOUGERES          350                          237
The guidebook can be ordered online at
Prices: Unites States $190,    Europe 145€,       United Kingdom £102,
Australia $ 195,    New Zealand $ 240, and     Rest of World  US$ $ 210.
All these prices include delivery.       
(Information and image via Michael Edwards press release)


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