Shondaland (Sept. 2018)

"What Does ‘Mx.’ Smell Like?"


"Unisex fragrances tend to be very citrusy and clean — neutral…[W]e think of florals as feminine. We think of woodsy scents as masculine. So I wanted to create something that mixed all of those references. It has a name that references gender fluidity and also ingredients that reference the mix of conventionally feminine and masculine accords.”

Full article with interview available here.

LA BOX AUPARFUM #8 (March 2018)

"If Shalimar had plunged into a vat of tonka bean absolute before joining Poison on the scent witches' Sabbath, their love child would no doubt resemble Night Flower by Antoine Lie and Barbara Herman... Tuberose with leather petals, spiky pistils loaded with cinnamon, planted in the soil of patchouli, Night Flower spreads the poisonous charm of Eva Green, the devil's fiancée in Penny Dreadful."


ERIS PARFUMS Night Flower was chosen by the editorial board of to be one of four perfumes in its subscription-only perfume box, edition #8.

Descriptions and reviews of Night Flower by creative director Barbara Herman, by writer Denyse Beaulieu, and by subscribers can be viewed here.


D2 MAGAZINE (March 2018)

"In our deodorized age, we have ceased to appreciate imperfect, bodily, deeply human smells. Perfume entrepreneur Barbara Herman challenges convention and turns away from clean."

Illustration: Bjorn Brochmann

Illustration: Bjorn Brochmann

Full article and interview with ERIS PARFUMS founder Barbara Herman in Norwegian here.


ELLE ITALIA (Feb. 2018)

"Rivoluzione Genderfluid"


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" 'Let's remember that a beautiful fragrance has no gender,' says Barbara Herman, blogger and founder of Eris Parfums. Mx. has a name that unleashes the most fluid freedom and is a voluptuous fragrance with an animalic note."


"How to Spend It: The Perfumer's Guide to Benzoin"


"Benzoin has a natural affinity with other sweet and rich notes like vanilla, balsams, leather and tonka beans, but it has a radiant quality that sets it apart. For instance, in Mx. by Eris Parfums...benzoin is folded into a chypre vignette of sandalwood, patchouli. vetiver and saffron to create a luminous effect." -- Victoria Frolova

Full article available here.

PERSEFUME (Feb. 2018)

"Persefume Awards 2017"

Persefume votes Mx. Eau de Parfum as one of the top "must smell" releases of 2017! 

Full article available here.


Megan In Sainte Maxime (Jan. 2018)

"Favourite Perfumes 2017: Mx. by Eris Parfums"


"Mx. is from Barbara Herman’s excellent line of vintage hued creations. This time around though we’re talking a milky, woody perfume lightly spiced with a right about now feel. This is a highly wearable, perfect for any occasion perfume with a deliciously loved up feel that I think we could all do with right now." - Megan Paki

Full article available here and an interview with ERIS PARFUMS founder Barbara Herman available here.


Colognoisseur: Best of 2017 (Dec. 2017)


"Creative director Barbara Herman with perfumer Antoine Lie continue their successful collaboration with a perfume that shows unisex does not mean boring." - Mark Behnke

Full article available here.


Megan In Sainte Maxime (Dec. 2017)

"Mx. from Eris Parfums: Right About Now"


"I’m a sucker for a bit of ginger in a perfume and in Mx. there’s a lovely warm take with a peppery fizz. Woods dominate and the creamy sandalwood dances on top of the cedar and a rather nutty vetiver that bring more depth, playing well against each other...The animalic element is dialled down in Mx. compared to the more growly Ma Bête, so if you’re a little worried about the more beastly side than you will have no problem here. The dry down is delectably cosy as it fades, that while not identical to Lie’s White from Puredistance, shares a flourish that is reminiscent of that cloud like scent.

To sum up Mx. smells like milky woods, sprinkled with a touch of spice, a wash of cocoa and a general loved up, cosy feel that most definitely hits the spot."  - Megan Paki

Full article available here.


L'Officiel Malaysia (Dec. 2017)

"Perfume Genius"


 "Founded in 2014 by vintage perfume collector and author, Barbara Herman, ERIS Parfums is based on the on-going collaboration between founder and the world-renowned French perfumer Antoine Lie, the nose behind such scents as Armani Code and Comme des Garçons Wonderwood. Together, they have created a niche line of four fragrances...the most recent being the genderfluid Mx.

...Eris Parfums' latest scent disrupts the notion of how unisex perfumes must either be 'clean,' or fall back on the more 'masculine' notes. As a fragrance, as a message, Mx. fits perfectly in line with a label determined to blur the boundaries of perfumery." —  Brent Taalur Ramsey


The Perfume Society (Dec. 2017)

"The Scented Letter: Christmas Edition"


"[T]his scent is as unisex as the name implies — but with a distinctly sizzling sexiness...Tingling ginger, saffron and vetiver are liberally sprinkled with black pepper, then decadently swirled into a creamy cuddle of cedar and sandalwood. With seriously addictive notes of cacao, brown sugar-like benzoin, and an animalic waft of castoreum, it's a throaty purr that's hard to resist." - Suzy Nightingale

Full PDF newsletter available here.


EAUMG (Nov. 2017)

"ERIS Mx. Perfume Review "


"Mx. feels really 'right now'...It checks the boxes of what a lot of people want in their niche perfume – woods, sweetness, musk and comfort...Mx. smells minimalist, fashionable and niche but also like a comforting hug. And isn’t that appealing for the times?" - Victoria Jent

Full article available here.


Colognoisseur (Dec. 2017)

"Eris Parfums Mx. - Fluid Dynamics" 


"If the first three Eris Parfums were meant to be perfume the way they used to make them; Mx. represents the idea that this is the way we should make them now." - Mark Behnke

Full article available here.


Fragrantica (Nov. 2017) 

"The Latest From Small Niche Brands: Eris Mx."

"In Mx., the idea was to create a fragrance that transcends the question of gender and to move far from the eternal cold and neutral waters that are often associated with unisex perfumes. Antoine Lie composed a woody, spicy and balsamic fragrance that works for men and women. It puts sandalwood in the spotlight, whose creamy notes are at the heart of the composition. A few spicy touches (pepper, ginger) spin around the creamy sandalwood, along with a slightly smoky facet (probably due to the presence of vetiver, but which can also result from the kind of sandalwood used for the perfume).

The background reveals an unexpected roundness, which draws as much from the resinous and balsamic notes of benzoin it does the cacao, which is quite original. If woody accords are nothing new for gender neutral scents in niche, Mx. is nevertheless beautiful in its execution and unfolds like velvet on the skin, and for that alone, it's worth checking out."

Translated from Fragrantica.Fr - French version available here


A Bottled Rose (Oct. 2017):


"You may be thinking 'Okay, but we’ve had unisex fragrances for a long time now.' However, Mx. rebels against the idea – prevalent in the mainstream at least – that gender-neutral perfumes have to be clean (read asexual) or lean masculine in style (presumably so as not to scare off the fellas). In sharp contrast to the cool and fresh unisex style that dates back to CK One, Mx. is warm and inviting...

Mx. seeks to blur the gender boundaries and the whole feel of the fragrance is soft focus. It’s someone coming home late at night, lighting a fire and wrapping themselves in a faux fur blanket after an indulgent evening of excess."

Full article available here.



"On the scent: five of the finest olfactory delights from Pitti Fragranze"

For a few days every September, a former railway station in Florence becomes the centre of the fragrance world, as perfumers, distributors and buyers from as far afield as Australia and Japan converge on the Stazione Leopolda for the annual Pitti Fragranze fair. With 200 brands – mainly smaller independents – in attendance, this year’s fair attracted around 2,200 buyers from more than 50 countries. In an increasingly saturated market, it’s hard for new brands to distinguish themselves using design or concepts, so those that do are definitely worth looking at. Here, we round up five of our favourites from this year’s fair.

Full article available here. 



"Eris Parfums Mx."

On ERIS PARFUMS new fragrance Mx.: 

"Given that the whole idea behind Mx is its gender fluidity, the sweet, creamy components of the perfume are immediately balanced out by a brusque, more aromatic side. This comes in the form of Australian sandalwood, its sturdy, dry character emphasized by a musky cedarwood. Australian sandalwood can be sour and piney, but not here – in Mx, it is merely handsome in a rough-hewn way, the perfect counterbalance to the creamy orange and spice.  

There are no flowers here, nothing powdery or dated: simply that ancient lure of the dry and creamy push-pull of sandalwood. If men are handsome and women are pretty, then we might call Mx good-looking and leave it at that. Gender-wise, there is truly nothing here to tug it in one direction or the other.

...Mx is fantastic work and well worth investing in if you love rugged sandalwood orientals...Or, indeed, if you just love beautiful, well-made perfumes."

Full review available here.


BLUEPRINT (Russia, Sept. 2017):

"Five Niche Perfume Trends From Pitti Fragranze"



Cold Spices as Top Notes

"When we hear about spices in aromas, we mostly remember the warm sweet notes of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg. Cold spices will shift your thinking 180 degrees: pink pepper, ginger and cardamom give the fragrances freshness. It is this property that allowed them to usurp the top position of many compositions from citrus notes, whose essences traditionally open scents. Only the freshness of spices is more harsh: instead of the sourness of bergamot you get the invigorating sharpness of cardamom or ginger, for example.

"Goodbye, Mr, Mrs. and Ms. — Hello, Mx. " -  This is the motto of the new fragrance Eris - an indie brand that was founded in 2016 by American Barbara Herman, journalist, author of the blog about vintage perfume and the book Scent and Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume. Mx. (pronounced "mix") envelops you with the warmth of creamy notes of cedar and cocoa, like a thin cashmere scarf, giving off invigorating notes of ginger and black pepper in this heat."


PERSEFUME (Sept. 2017):

"The ultimate Pitti Fragranze 15 Report:

The best of and A-Z launches"

"Barbara Herman, as always, teamed up with perfumer Antoine Lie to create a woody-animalic scent celebrating the gender revolution. Mx. has perhaps a little more modern and subtle feel than rest of the Eris Parfums line, yet it is still a beautiful and test-worthy composition. Bravo!"



"Perfume: The Story of a Fragrance Fair —

Scents from Pitti Fragranze"

"To me, cinema and the olfactory art aren’t so different after all. Both films and fragrance creations have a title, or in the case of perfumes a name, list several protagonists, which in fragrances are called notes and most importantly, a director or nose, the person who puts it all together and tells a story within its creation. The best fragrances I’ve ever smelled are usually the product of really intense plot twists, which end up telling a tale that enchants the wearer of the scent...

‘Belle de Jour’ by Eris Parfums

Inspired by the character in Buñuel’s 1967 film by the same name, starring Catherine Deneuve, Eris Parfums’ ‘Belle de Jour’ is, in the words of perfumer Antoine Lie “salty, sexy and dirty.” I’d say that would sell me on the scent right away but it’s the perfume’s Tunisian orange flower top note and its heart of Egyptian jasmine which truly capture my whims. As the tagline for this fragrance says, this is a walk on the wild side and isn’t that the best side to be on after all?"


CAFLEUREBON (Sept. 2017):

"The Best Fragrances of Pitti Fragranze"

On ERIS PARFUMS new fragrance Mx.: 

"Creativity and nonchalant beauty is always a staple when it comes to France, that’s why Scent & Subversion author and fellow blogger Barbara Herman chose to collaborate with perfume genius Antoine Lie for ERIS PARFUMS. While the first creations focus on languid florals like the exquisitely aldehydic Belle de Jour, the latest introduction called Mx. (refers to an appellation in addition to Mr. and Mrs., Ms, etc) pays tribute to gender fluidity with a spiced up yummy work on sandalwood and cocoa with leather hints." - Ermano Picco


FRAGRANTICA (Sept. 2017):

"Pitti FRAGRANZE 2017: The BEST perfumes!"

On ERIS PARFUMS new fragrance Mx.:  

"Eris Parfums came up with a new style within the brand. It's called Mx. and it is a gorgeous and so soothing woody animalic scent based on vetiver and cocoa beans. Sensual and extremely comforting...."  - Miguel Matos

"We cannot forget that the fragrance experience is as much about storytelling as it is about the juice... Stories that impressed me were found in ERIS PARFUMS Mx. for engaging with contemporary gender debates." - Eddie Bulliqi  


The New York Times T MAGAZINE (Sept. 2017):

"T Magazine editors on what they are into right now"



"Around the world in eight fragrances at Pitti Fragranze"


FRAGRANTICA (Sept. 2017):

"Mx. : Be Who You Want To Be"


NOW SMELL THIS (Sept. 2017):

New Fragrance Review: Mx. by ERIS PARFUMS


ERIS PARFUMS previews new fragrance "Mx." at PITTI FRAGRANZE in Florence, Italy (Sept. 8-10, 2017)


ERIS PARFUMS featured in NYLON (May 2017)


ERIS PARFUMS showcased at sell-out NYC Perfume Salon hosted by The Dry Down (April 2017)

On April 26, 2017, ERIS PARFUMS' founder and creative director Barbara Herman introduced "La Belle et la Bête" collection and "Scent & Subversion: Decoding a Century of Provocative Perfume" to a packed house of perfume lovers at the first Dry Down Live Perfume Salon at the Arlo Nomad Hotel in Manhattan. The event, curated by Helena Fitzgerald and Rachel Syme, sold out in less than a day and featured perfume tarot, the launch of a new scent, and presentations on perfume history, how to wear scent, and how to match fragrance to memory. Pictures from the event (by Sylvie Rosokoff) can be viewed here.


ERIS PARFUMS "Belle de Jour" announced as a Finalist in the Independent category of the upcoming Art and Olfaction Awards (March 2017):


BELLE DE JOUR Eau de Parfum was announced as a Finalist in the Independent Category of the upcoming Art and Olfaction Awards, selected from hundreds of perfumes submitted by brands in 33 countries. The Art and Olfaction Awards celebrate excellence in global independent, artisan and experimental perfumery. The Finalists were announced at “Esxence - The Scent of Excellence” in Milan on 23 March 2017 - the leading international event dedicated to Artistic Perfumery. The Winners will be announced in Berlin on 6 May 2017. View official press release here.


ESXENCE (March 2017):

"Staying ahead: How to Remain Creative in Today's Competitive Niche Perfumery"

Since 2008, Esxence - The Scent of Excellence, has been the leading international event dedicated to Artistic Perfumery. At the 2017 event in Milan, Author and ERIS PARFUMS Founder and Creative Director, Barbara Herman, joined leading international fragrance industry experts at a workshop to discuss the creative and competitive challenges in niche perfumery. Copies of the presentation slides are available here. A video recording of the workshop is available here


SCENTURY Magazine:


"Spring is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine,” author Frances Hodgson Burnett once said of the year’s primal season. With that in mind, we’ve chosen the 12 perfect fragrances to carry you into spring 2017. As the weather changes on a whim, sentiments seesaw, hormones stir and new doors close as others open, we bring you these picks in our latest edition of olfactive stories, complemented by our exclusive images. Let there be spring!


"The sea doesn’t smell at all at sub-zero. Whether molecules don’t travel well in winter or the nose is too cold to do its job, I never really figured that out. All I know is that when that iodine aroma of seaweed crawls up my nose, spring is here. And so is Mme Dubois with her feathered hats and fluttering silk scarfs — she’s always the first to arrive when the season starts at our little sea resort. And her expensive perfume blends right into the sea breeze. 

Barbara Herman is the mastermind behind, a blog about vintage perfumery. Next up: her own line of fragrances."



"The Top 25 New Perfumes of the Year" 

"Eris Parfums Night Flower – Barbara Herman is another who has successfully made the leap from enthusiast to creative director. All three of her debut Eris Parfums with perfumer Antoine Lie were excellent but it was Night Flower which really reminded me of how they used to make ‘em."


Grain de Musc:

"Scents of the Year, My Top Picks for 2016"

"Night Flower (Eris Parfums) - If Shalimar tripped into a vat of tonka absolute on its way to party with Poison, their love child would probably smell like Antoine Lie’s Night Flower. The Animalis-driven Ma Bête has been getting most of the love, but Barbara Herman’s spicy, musky leather-petaled blossom has been creeping up on me. The night is dark and full of terrors, isn’t it?"



"Eris Parfums Ma Bête - Best Animalic of 2016"


Brooklyn Fragrance Lover:

"My Favorite Perfume Releases of 2016"


Toronto Star - THE KIT:

"The Coolest Signature Scents Are All Indie Perfumes"

Regarding ERIS PARFUMS' Night Flower Eau de Parfum: 

"In 2014, the perfume universe pleaded and Barbara Herman, connoisseur of vintage fragrances, delivered. Herman, the Brooklyn based author of the blog Yesterday’s Perfume, laments that our taste for animalic accords—once so common in fragrance formulas—has given way to the clean, office-friendly scents of recent decades. She worked with French perfumer Antoine Lie to create a modern update on her beloved muskiness with three vintage-inspired scents. Try Night Flower, with its warm and sultry leather notes set against spicy pepper and dried flowers."


Seasons Project (Russia):

"Animalic Perfumes"


ELLE Croatia:

"Beauty and the Beast"


A Bottled Rose:

"Ma Bête, Night Flower and Belle de Jour by Eris Parfums"


Gloria Glam Magazine:

"The Poet's Daughter, the Collector and the Journalist"


SELF Magazine:

"Spin the Bottle" 

In her quest for a new scent, Jessi Klein, head writer for Inside Amy Schumer and author of You’ll Grow Out Of It, tests out Fall’s latest fragrances—and makes some wild, wonderful (and occasionally weird) discoveries.  

On Ma Bête: "This musk-drenched scent smells so much like sex... it’s take-no-prisoners... if I were single, I’d wear it to a bar in a hot second."


The New York Times Fashion & Style Section: 

"We’re Animals, After All"

The clean, minimalist trend in perfumes is giving way to scents that bring out the beast.


ERIS PARFUMS featured in "NEZ: La Revue Olfactive" magazine (Fall / Winter - October 2016) / The Times-Picayune:

"Cool scents for hot nights: 12 fresh new fragrances for late summer and early fall"

Regarding ERIS PARFUMS' "Night Flower" Eau de Parfum: 

"Perfume historian Barbara Herman, author of "Scent and Subversion: Decoding A Century Of Provocative Perfume," recently launched Eris Parfums.

The fragrance line was inspired, in part, by Herman's time spent in New Orleans. Like the Crescent City, Eris’ scents are sexy and fun, but with an edge.

Of the trio of fragrances, Night Flower is our favorite, with its masculine-feminine mix of cardamom and leather, Indian tuberose and a base of patchouli and cinnamon. Night Flower Eau de Parfum, 50 ml, $150, at"


Toronto Star - THE KIT

"Lone Rangers"


Perfume Review:

Eris Belle de Jour EDP


Eris Parfums: Ma Bête, Belle de Jour, Night Flower


Beasts and Belles of the Night - Eris Parfums Review



"Eris Parfums, Franco-American Combination"



"Eris Parfums Night Flower- The Consequence of Vintage"



New Perfume Review: Eris Parfums


 Belle de Jour by Antoine Lie for Eris Parfums


ERIS Parfums: Scents That Go Bump in the Night


New perfume line inspired by New Orleans, dark glamour and unconventional beauty


New Release: Night Flower by Eris Parfums



Eris Parfums: Belle de Jour, Night Flower, Ma Bête


Eris Parfums: Ma Bête, Belle de Jour, Night Flower


Scenthurdle Review: Eris Parfums


Author and blogger, Barbara Herman launches perfume range inspired by scents of the past


Eris Parfums Ma Bête Belle de Jour & Night Flower ~ Fragrance Review


Top Notes: Eris Parfums, L’Oréal, Cassandra Grey, Givaudan, Valentine’s Day


Barbara Herman the voice of vintage fragrance to launch Eris Parfums next month


Eris Parfums Belle de Jour, Night Flower & Ma Bête ~ new fragrances


Perversity in a Bottle


Barbara Herman Launches Eris Parfums for the Fans of Animalic Florals


Vintage Perfume Expert Barbara Herman Launches Luxury Fragrance Brand "ERIS PARFUMS" Featuring Three Vintage-Inspired, Animalic Floral Perfumes: "BELLE DE JOUR" "NIGHT FLOWER" And "MA BÊTE"


NIGHT FLOWER Eau de Parfum covered in "Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour" Book by Dita Von Teese and Rose Apodaca (Dey Street Books, 2015)


Rise of the Animalics: The New Dirty Trend Part III of III


Rise of the Animalics: The New Dirty Trend Part II of III


Rise of the Animalics: The New Dirty Trend Part I of III


Barbara Herman is About to Get Dirty On Us ...