Beam Global Spirits & Wine is to take Courvoisier Cognac into the world of cosmetics with the launch of a fragrance for men.

The company, the drinks arm of US conglomerate Fortune Brands, today (23 October) unveiled Courvoisier L'edition Imperiale at the Tax Free World Association fair in Cannes, France.

Beam has joined forces with Kraft International Marketing to produce the "cardamom, mandarin, tagette and coriander" fragrance.

Taking Courvoisier into cosmetics makes "perfect business sense", according to Larry Plawsky, global vice president of marketing at Beam. "The Courvoisier brand connects two luxury consumer lifestyle categories in a relevant and compelling way and provides Courvoisier consumers with an opportunity to indulge in another high-quality and opulent Courvoisier product."

The fragrance is aimed at 25- to 35-year-old men, who, Beam said, were "ambitious, determined and desire to succeed".

The eau de parfum will retail for over US$100 for a 75ml bottle while the eau de toilette will retail for slightly lower than US$100.

"We are very proud of the fragrance we've produced," said Paul Baron, vice president, marketing and brand development at Kraft International Marketing. "A great deal of artistry and craftsmanship has gone into developing Courvoisier L'edition Imperiale."