So maybe it wasn't a fluke.
Fragrance sales—which last year posted their first gain since 2006—have continued to show momentum in the first two months of this year, according to data released by market researcher NPD Group.
Earlier this week, NPD said prestige beauty product sales at US department stores rose 9 percent in February. Among the three categories, skincare experienced the biggest gain, up 13 percent compared to February 2009. Makeup sales rose 9 percent and fragrance sales rose 5 percent from the same time last year.
Fragrance sales began to surge late last year, and the momentum is continuing, said Karen Grant, a vice president and senior global industry analyst at NPD.