Howard E. Kennedy-The Most Wanted Nose in America.

While watching a 1967 episode of ‘My Show’, the name it is affectionately it’s been given, I had a hunch. One of the guests the panel had to guess was a young man named Howard Kennedy. No, I never heard of him before this show. Once I found out what his occupation was, where he worked, and his goals, I had to check.

Begin at 12:20.

Howard E. Kennedy was an apprentice perfume sniffer/tester with Revlon. What was his goal? He wanted to go beyond sniffer and create his own fragrances. Did he succeed?

Let’s find out.

Mr. Kennedy didn’t stay with Revlon, he moved on to Pfizer’s Consumer Products Division (Coty). I have no idea what that is, okay, I didn’t know before now. Maybe the ladies do. Did he advance there?

Let’s find out.

Mr. Kennedy became chief perfumer for World Wide Fragrance and Development and ended up with five FiFi awards for Fragrance of the Year. Have you heard of his fragrances?

Let’s find out.

Iron, Lady Stetson, Stetson for Men, Sophia, and Nuance.

I know I’ve used Stetson for Men. Stetson and Sophia are two Mr. Kennedy most identifies with in what he wished to achieve. The others you may have heard of.

Let’s find out.

Wild Musk (Coty), Undeniable (Avon), and Ginger with a Twist (Origins). After such success what does a man do?

Let’s find out.

How about two companies formed?

Howard E. Kennedy
Credit: Google Books-Black Enterprises

With Royal Essence, Ltd. and H.K. Enterprises, Inc., 1987 and 1990 respectfully, Mr. Kennedy became his own boss and fulfilled an ultimate dream.

A few pieces of non-Perfume trivia:

  • He created the flavoring for Seagram’s Extra and Sunfrost Tea Wine Cooler.
  • He created the flavoring for Country Kitchen Syrup (Log Cabin).

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Cologne and Glass: The Things Memories are Made of (Writing Tip)

Cologne and Glass: The Things Memories are Made of (Writing Tip)

by: Ronovan

What takes you back to childhood days? So you smell the autumn leaves and think of the schoolyard playground, or jumping in leaves? Does a crisp morning with clear sunshine peeking through bare tree limbs throw you back to high school weekends? Can you use this to help your writing? Sure you can. Write what you feel.

For me there is a love affair with glass bottles. Really it can be any type of bottle that has character to it. But today I want to share an art that isn’t really given enough credit.

Avon Cologne Bottles

One of the great tragedies of the world is that men are afraid of the word Avon. That word bringImages the idea of makeup and pink cars with oh just so perfect looking women with samples for the woman of the house. But there is something a generation or two of men have missed out on. Let me show you why men should be a little more open to Avon, and it has nothing to do with makeup.

Cars are great, especially in glass. Imagine being a kid and walking into what you think must be the oldest house in the world and seeing a whole desk lined with cologne bottles like this. At that moment I was hooked. But maybe cars aren’t really what you are into.



A how about a motorcycle?







A steamboat?                                                                                          Sailboat?



 Or maybe even animals.



You just never know where and when you will find works of art. I see these and get flashes of old feelings and they bring words to describe old moments of an old time. Anything can inspire a moment of writing and help capture a feeling you need. When you want to have that nostalgic feeling or a need to feel like a kid, look at something from your childhood. Then close your eyes and write what you see and feel.

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