What does your perfume say about you?

Perfumes, like starlets, come and go. Others win us over to become classics. Test your perfume prowess in the ELLE Canada Fragrance Challenge.

Sep 10, 2006
Lara ceroni
What does your perfume say about you?

If you've been playing with perfume since you were a little girl, put your senses to the test with ELLE Canada's Fragrance Challenge! Find out how much you know about the origins of the world's most popular scents and the celebrity spokesmodels who made them famous. Remember, choosing the right answer is no different than finding the perfect scent: it's all about trusting your first impressions!

1. The origin of the word "perfume" comes from
a) The Latin words per, meaning "through," and fume, meaning "smoke."
b) The incense used by 14th century French aristocrats during religious services.
c) The fragrant extracts from plants.

2. What trend in perfume swept France in the 17th century?
a) Portable perfume flasks used for travel.
b) The atomizer.
c) Perfumed gloves
d) Fragrances for men.

3. In 1954, when asked by a reporter what she wore to bed, Marilyn Monroe cooed:
a) "A smile."
b) "Frederick's of Hollywood."
c) "Chanel No. 5, of course."

4. What is the current top-selling fragrance in the world?
a) CK One by Calvin Klein
b) Chanel No. 5 by Chanel
c) White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor for Elizabeth Arden
d) Poison by Christian Dior

5. What is the world's largest production centre for the raw materials that go into the making of fragrances?
a) Tuscany, Italy
b) Grasse, Provence
c) Munich, Germany
d) South Beach, Florida

6. What country has the highest fragrance sales in the world?
a) France
b) Italy
c) The United States
d) Brazil

7. What is the best way to apply fragrance?
a) On the wrists.
b) Spritzed lightly on all the pulse points, starting at the feet and working your way up to the backs of your knees, wrists, and neck.
c) Behind the ears.

Find out your perfume personality here!

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