Upscale London lifestyles & furnishings boutique with two fragrances, Kisu (2001) and Aki (2005).
Where to buy: aedes, luckyscent.
Zurich-based independent niche house established in 2005 by Andy Tauer, a self-taught perfumer with a chemistry background. Two fragrances were introduced in 2005, Le Maroc pour elle and L'air du Desert Marocain.
Recent releases include Lonestar Memories, Orris (both 2006), Reverie au jardin (2007), Incense extreme (2008), Incense rose (2008), Vetiver Dance (2008).
Where to buy: in the US at aedes or luckyscent, in Germany at first-in-fragrance, or directly from Tauer (see link below).
French design house established in 1951 by Ted Lapidus, who is sometimes credited with having established the "unisex look" and popularizing safari jackets. As of early 2008, the artistic director at Lapidus was Olivier Bespiannetto.
Fragrances include Creation (1984), Fantasme (1992), Ted (1999), Lapidus Woman (2001), TL Pour Elle, TL Pour Lui (2003), ExciTED (2005), Silk Way (2005), Altamir (2008).
Small perfumery established in Algiers in the late 1890s, and later moved to Paris; later still, the company folded. In 2005, it was reestablished with the launch of two perfumes: Oha & Julia.
Recent releases include Alahine (2007), Concretes de Parfum (2008).
Where to buy: miomia or theposhpeasant, Henri Bendel in New York City, or try first-in-fragrance (Germany) or Fortnum & Mason (UK).
Fragrances and bath & body products, including the popular Pikake and Rain scents.
The Art of Shaving
Men's grooming line established by Eric Malka and Myriam Zaoui Malka in 1997. Their first fragrance, Sandalwood, was introduced in 2004.
Recent introductions include Lemon Eau de Toilette (2006).
Where to buy: at The Art of Shaving boutiques or selected department stores (Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Barneys, Saks).
The Body Shop
UK-based skincare, cosmetics & fragrance line founded by Anita Roddick (now deceased) in 1976; there are now over 2000 stores worldwide. The company made a name for itself with its naturally based products and socially and environmentally progressive policies, including its stance against animal testing and commitment to reduce its environmental impact and foster community trade. After L'Oreal purchased the company in early 2006, many commentators were skeptical about how these ethical standards would be maintained under the new corporate leadership.
Recent fragrance releases include Rougeberry (2007), Zestini (2007), White Musk for Men (2007), Apple Blossom (2007), Aqua Lily (2008), Japanese Cherry Blossom (2008), White Musk Blush (2008), White Musk Intrigue (2008).
The Different Company
Niche perfume house founded in 2000 by perfumer Jean-Claude Ellena, designer Thierry Baschmakov and luxury consultant Luc Gabriel. The first four fragrances, Bois d'Iris, Divine Bergamote, Osmanthus and Rose Poivree, were all created by Ellena; the bottles by Baschmakov.
After Ellena became house nose at Hermès, his daughter Celine Ellena took over as perfumer. Subsequent releases include Jasmin de Nuit (2005), Sel de Vetiver (2006), Un parfum d'ailleurs et fleurs, Un parfum des sens et bois and Un parfum de charme et feuilles (2006), Sublime Balkiss (2008).
Where to buy: beautyhabit, luckyscent, or Takashimaya in New York.
The People of the Labyrinths
Dutch fashion house established in 1984 by Hans Demoed and Geert de Rooij. The cult favorite Luctor et Emergo launched in 1998, (see also review for the Luctor et Emergo Enriched Body Cream) and was followed by A.MAZE in 2007.
Where to buy: aedes, apothia, beautyhabit, lacremebeauty, luckyscent.
The Pink Room
Perfume line established by Sarah Barton-King, owner of the by-appointment-only design studio of the same name. Fragrances were introduced in 1999 with The Pink Room Parfum no. 1.
Recent fragrances include Pour Toi (2008).
Where to buy: in the US at luckyscent.
French fashion designer who established his own brand in 1974, and was later remembered as "the daddy of Eighties power dressing" (The Independent, 2/13/2003). The couture line was discontinued in 2003, and Mugler is now best known for his fragrance house, which is owned by Clarins.
Mugler's first fragrance release, the now iconic Angel, was launched in 1992. Subsequent releases include A*Men (1997), Angel Innocent (1998), Thierry Mugler Cologne (2001), B*Men (2004).
The Angel Garden of Stars is a quartet of floral variations on the original Angel fragrance. A trio, Peony Angel, Lily Angel and Violet Angel, debuted in 2005; Rose Angel followed in 2006.
Other recent releases include Alien (2005), the Le Parfum Coffret (2006), Innocent Secret (2006), Eau de Star & Ice*Men (2007), Angel La Part des Anges (2007), Miroir Miroir (2007), Innocent Illusion (2007), A*Men Pure Coffee (2008), Innocent Rock (2008), Alien Eau Luminescente (2008).
Where to buy: department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Bath, body & home fragrance line founded by Leslie Ross in the 1980s. See review for Apricot Quince Dishwashing Liquid & All Purpose Cleaning Spray and Azur Home Fragrance Mist.
Recent fragrance releases include Kimono Rose (2006), Azur (2007), Wild Ginger (2007), Red Cherie (2008).
New York-based apothecary line founded in 1994 and specializing in bath & body products, candles & fragrances.
Where to buy: hamptonct or directly from the Tipton Charles website.
Sportswear and ready-to-wear line established in 1994 and best known for their feminine dresses.
Tocca Beauty debuted in 1997. The first fragrance, Touch, was introduced as a solid perfume in 1997 and as an Eau de Toilette in 1998. The brand subsequently turned their focus to bath & body and home fragrance products. In 2006, Touch was relaunched as an Eau de Parfum along with two new scents, Florence and Stella.
Recent fragrance releases include Cleopatra (2007), Brigitte (2008).
Where to buy: beautyhabit, eluxury, luckyscent, sephora.
American fashion designer. Gucci brought Ford on as a designer in the early 1990s and he eventually became Creative Director; after Gucci bought Yves Saint Laurent, Ford took over the direction of that line as well. He is widely credited with revitalizing both lines (Gucci was said to be nearly bankrupt before Ford joined the house), and in the process, he became one of the most influential designers of the time. He stepped down in 2004.
In 2005, Estee Lauder announced that Tom Ford had signed on to create new products under the Estee Lauder brand, and to launch his own Tom Ford beauty brand in late 2006. Tom Ford Black Orchid (2006) was the first fragrance under the Tom Ford label.
Tom Ford Private Blend, a collection of 12 fragrances, launched in 2007 in limited distribution. See review for Purple Patchouli. The collection can be found at Bergdorf Goodman, Tom Ford boutiques. It can be purchased online (or at selected locations) from Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Other recent releases: Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur (2007), Tom Ford For Men (2007), Tom Ford For Men Extreme (2007), White Patchouli (2008).
Where to buy: selected department stores, including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom and Saks.
Australian niche line established by Steven Broadhurst.
Fragrances were introduced in 2008 with Tarantella.
Line of upscale resort-casual wear established in 1992. Fragrances were introduced in 2005 with Tommy Bahama scents for men & women, followed by Tommy Bahama Very Cool for men & women in 2006.
Recent releases include Tommy Bahama Set Sail St. Barts (2007), Tommy Bahama Set Sail South Seas (2008).
Where to buy: at department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Website: Tommy Bahama (no fragrance information)
American fashion designer who debuted his first collection for men in 1985. Hilfiger is known for his "urban casual" styles and the ubiquitous red, white and blue logo.
Fragrances were introduced in 1995 with Tommy for men. Tommy Girl followed in 1996. Both of the original scents are now released in yearly summer versions. Other fragrances include Freedom for men & women (1999).
True Star was introduced in 2004 and fronted by singer Beyonce Knowles; it was followed by True Star Men, fronted by Enrique Iglesias, in 2005.
Recent releases include True Star Gold (2005), Tommy 10 and Tommy Girl 10 (2006), Tommy Summer & Tommy Girl Summer (2007), Dreaming (2008), Tommy Summer & Tommy Girl Summer 2008 (2008), Hilfiger by Tommy Hilfiger (2008).
Fragrances are created under arrangements with Estee Lauder.
Where to buy: department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Spanish jewelry and accessories house established in the 1920s. They are very well known in Spain, less so in the United States. Their trademark is a little bear charm.
Recent releases include Tous Touch (2006), Tous Baby (2007).
Beauty line of Tova Borgnine, wife of actor Ernest Borgnine. The line is currently owned by the television shopping channel QVC.
Fragrances were introduced with Tova (now Tova Signature) in 1982. Subsequent releases include Tova Nights (1997), Tova Body, Mind & Spirit (1992), Tova Nirvana (2002), Tova Free Spirit (2003), Tova Love Everlasting.
Recent releases include Tova Signature Summer (2008).
Where to buy: through QVC.
Former makeup artist who started her own color cosmetics and skincare line in the late 1970s. The company is still privately held. There are 10 numbered fragrances, including the popular no. 9, Blackberry & Vanilla Musk (2000), and a signature scent, Trish, which launched in 2002.
Where to buy: selected department stores, including Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.
Italian company founded in 1911 by glove-maker Dante Trussardi; the company still produces leather goods, but also luxury goods & ready-to-wear fashions. Fragrances include Action for women (1990), Python for men (2001), Trussardi Skin (2002), Trussardi Jeans (2003), Trussardi Jeans Men (2004).
Recent introductions include Trussardi Bianco & Trussardi Inside for men and women (2006), Trussari Inside Delight (2008), Essenza del Tempo (2008).
Company founded by Annie Morton and Natalie Szapowalo (creators of Millefiore Natural Perfumery), and specializing in natural skincare and perfumes.
Fragrances were introduced in 2007 with Fiori d'Arancio, Ilang Ilang, Saqui, Kesu, Fleur Sauvage & Kizes.