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Whether you prefer subtle floral notes or rich, sumptuous exotic scents, there is a new perfume out there for you. Kate Hilpern rounds up the most fabulous fragrances

Leading Article: A funny smell from the scent counter

FIVE YEARS ago, the Bic pens people hit on a brilliant idea. They asked perfume experts to make up scents almost identical to those of the famous brands in the department stores. The new liquids were then marketed in plain glass phials at a fraction of the price of their competitors. Unfortunately, it didn't work. The ancient Egyptians, Persians and Greeks may have paid kings' ransoms for rare and beautiful scents; modern Europeans were more interested in the bottles than their contents.

The answer is . . . a melon: The question is . . . what makes a new perfume fashionable? Geraldine Bedell on the scent of '93

WHEN were you last assaulted by melons? The chances are it was yesterday or the day before. Melons are everywhere, getting up your nose on buses, in shops and the office. For some reason, perfumiers have decided that the female population wants to smell like a fruit salad, with melons the key ingredient: all the latest, most fashionable and persistent perfumes now smell of them. 'Ah, oceanic florals,' said Daniela Rinaldi, perfume buyer at Harvey Nichols sagely, when I mentioned the invasion of the melons to her. 'Oh yes, you mean the ozonic notes,' said Angela Creasy at Harrods. But do not be fooled by all these seaside images, by names like Dune (by Dior), or by the rolling-around-in-the-surf advertising for Calvin Klein's Escape. You are actually spending your pounds 40 to smell like an over-ripe honeydew.

Letter: Stress by any other name

Sir: Are we to take seriously the extraordinary statement that '. . . there is no evidence that stress exists at all' ('Stress? That went out with the Eighties', 2 February)? Your dismissal of stress as a concept seems to be based on pure semantics. Stress is, after all, just another word that can be abused like any other.

Column Eight: Buyers turn nosey

The heady fragrance of luxury parfums wafts through the air at Breams Buildings where Sir Bryan Carsberg, the newly installed head of the OFT, is coming to a ruling on the perfumes industry.

Protest not without 'fragrance'

A WOMAN MP responded in the Commons last night to comments made by Sir Nicholas Fairburn, Tory MP for Perth and Kinross, by saying that he was 'not my idea of a desert island dream boy'.
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