This week, Karen Huger, who stars in Bravo’s Real Housewives of Potomac, continued her discovery into the world of fine fragrance by meeting her inspiration, QVC Star Tova Borgnine at her fragrance house, Symrise, where Huger also had the opportunity to meet with perfumer David Apel and tour the Symrise Park Avenue Lab.
Borgnine was in town to meet with Symrise’s Julianne Pruett about her most recent success on QVC Germany and plans for the year ahead. Symrise Perfumer Victor Rocheleau makes both the successful TOVA Signature and TOVA Night fragrances.
Huger -who also recently met with Sue Phillips of The Scentarium, is in the discovery phase of developing a fine fragrance. Huger invited Phillips to Potomac to conduct a scent event and meet to discuss the discovery of Karen’s fragrance. They connected for business and on a personal level as both their mother’s had Alzheimer’s – a cause about which Huger is passionate.
Huger has long been a fan of Tova Borgnine’s, however. Tova’s success on QVC is legendary having been on-air for 27 years. Huger told BeautyFashionFragrance.com that she loves TOVA Signature and that when she and her husband, Ray, would go out, people would often stop to ask what fragrance she was wearing. Huger recounted a time when they “were at a Wizard’s game and someone literally stopped and asked what I was wearing, and it was TOVA Signature!” This left a lasting impression on Huger, hence, Tova became her inspiration when deciding to develop a fragrance, and she was thrilled to run into her at Symrise.
Huger’s desire is to create a fragrance that “empowers women and makes them feel beautiful.” Borgnine’s advice to Huger was to “create a fragrance that follows a woman when she leaves the room, not one that introduces her.”
Perfumer David Apel introduced Huger to Symrise’s captive collection of DeLaire bases that serve as the foundation of “haute perfumery” and have shaped many of the world’s most iconic fragrances including Shalimar. He referenced Symrise’s “centuries of fragrance mastery“ which spans over 220 years.
Apel encouraged Huger to follow Borgnine’s lead and “take time to really learn about fragrance and enjoy the process of creating it.”