‘Pretty Woman’ may score a hat trick with new fragrance

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It was wonderfully “Orbison” at Apothia Fred Segal on Thursday. The late singer’s voice, crooning classics, permeated the space. But just as importantly, another essence surrounded us. Amber, bergamot and cedar (among other delightful aromas) delicately scented the air.

Barbara Orbison (Roy’s widow) has created a fragrance aptly named “Pretty Woman.” Of course, one thinks immediately of the iconic song and film. Not a bad thing, considering both were hits (and you know what they say--three’s a charm). However, Barbara claims that she had this fragrance fantasy long before knowing Roy. “It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to create a perfume that speaks to women everywhere. I believe that within every woman there’s a pretty woman, and my signature fragrance helps bring out that inner confidence and spirit.”

When I chatted with Barbara (who has the most extraordinary green eyes), she captivated me with her intelligence, business savvy and effusion about her work. She plans to extend the line to face creams and candles. (She already sells a pure perfume oil in the form of a roller ball--great for women on the go).

Besides creating “Pretty Woman,” Barbara is an entrepreneur and also manages Roy’s legacy. She executive-produced a limited edition box set of the definitive Roy Orbison collection (including 107 songs, a 96-page book on his life, and tracks never heard before). Packaged in linen in a chic monochrome black and white, the collectible is available for purchase at Apothia. You can indulge yourself by buying some tunes as well as Barbara’s fragrant opus, making it the perfect one-stop-shop for Valentine’s Day.


You can find “Pretty Woman” at specialty retailers such as Ron Robinson Apothia, Korres in NY, Planet Blue, the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles, Studio Beauty Mix at Fred Segal. It’s also available online at Suggested retail price is $80 for 1.7 ounces.

-- Julie Neigher

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