Scent of a Woman
Luxe perfumer Krigler opens in Beverly Hills
It seems every celebrity has her own fragrance today. But somehow the idea of smelling like Jessica Simpson doesn’t quite feel right to us.
There is, however, a new boutique opening at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills that has actual star power.
The little Krigler shopfront takes up just a corner of the lobby, but it’s got a big backstory. This perfume house was created by Frenchman Albert Krigler more than a century ago; by the 1930s, Monsieur Krigler’s scents were all the rage among movie stars, expats and politicos who discovered them while vacationing in Cap d’Antibes.
In the ’30s, Marlene Dietrich adopted Lieber Gustav 14, a medley of black tea, leather and lavender. (This essentially means Dietrich invented the unisex fragrance, since it was originally mixed for men.) Grace Kelly wore sweet lily-of-the-valley and mimosa scent Chateau Krigler 12 the night she won the Oscar. And Audrey Hepburn preferred citrusy English Promenade 19 on the Roman Holiday set.
For upwards of $50,000, you can have a fifth-generation Krigler whip up a signature scent for you. But a 1.7-ounce crystal bottle of Dietrich’s scent for $210 is more our speed.
Krigler at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Dr.; 310-273-2222 or krigler.com