While at Henri Bendel this past weekend for our Trunk Show (p.s. thank you to all those who came out to support!), I ended up falling in love with two fragrances…
Eight and Bob is my dream fragrance for my dream man. It smells like crisp, clean cotton T-shirts fresh out of the laundry. There’s just the slightest top notes of citrus and a hint of spice, but the overwhelming scent is the powdery warmth of detergent – kind of a lingering, light musk. I imagine that on a guy’s skin this would translate into actually quite a manly smell. There’s a quite elaborate story that goes along with the fragrance identifying it as the one JFK wore. You can read the lore here.
Fracas, an over-the-top feminine floral, was first launched in 1948. It’s super heady; tuberose being the dominant floral note. Tuberose is a wonderful flower, but its scent can be an acquired taste. It’s heavy and has a creamy aspect almost like coconut. The word fracas means promiscuous, and it is said that this is the only fragrance Marilyn Monroe wore, and that Madonna is also a fan (lots of name-dropping in this post, I apologize!). When I wore it I felt like I was on a tropical vacation one moment, then ultra sophisticated the next. The whole time I had it on I was aware of it. I wanted to smell my wrist over and over, and it made me self-conscious but in a good way.
I suppose I’ll make this a tradition. Here is last year’s holiday fragrance wishlist.
Thanks Condé Nast Traveler for featuring our MAINE perfume oil in your December issue!
Thanks to Lucky Magazine and Fashionista.com for including us in their niche and indie perfume round-ups.
Frederic Malle explains how creativity + technique = a perfumer, and takes us behind-the-scenes at IFF.
One of the funnest parts of owning a business is seeing which of the things you put out into the world really take off. A few years ago we released our Dude No. 1 Beard Oil. I had originally made this scented oil as a Christmas gift for my husband. He’s not into spraying fragrance on, so I made a spicy wood scent and put it in a fat roll-on bottle. Soon his friends wanted some, and eventually they convinced me to release it as part of my line. Together we came up the name Dude No.1, which is of course totally tongue in cheek. The Dude No. 1 Beard Oil totally took off, sparking the whole category of beard oil (which didn’t exist before!) and getting press in GQ, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Cup of Jo, Nylon, you name it. Seriously, it astounded me.
One of the things I kept hearing is how much people loved the fragrance – men and women! Finally, finally, three years later, we’re releasing our Dude No. 1 Cologne. Based on our wildly popular beard oil, it’s blend of three woods – Virginia cedarwood, creamy sandalwood and smoky Haitian vetiver – accented by spicy ginger and pink peppercorn with a heart of Moroccan rose.
Enjoy : ) xoxo
“During my career I’ve created an unimaginable number of perfumes and I always found myself wondering whether it was possible to express time in a scent.”
Perfumer Kim Weisswange celebrated her 25th year making perfume with an incredibly complex collection of fragrances which combined create a different scent for each day of the year. The base note is always the same, the year. There are twelve heart notes – one for each month in the year. And there are 31 top notes for each day in a month.
“There are no new colors to see and very few new sounds, but we are actually creating new, unique smells no one has ever smelled before.”
- Ned Polan, vice president for fragrance ingredient research at IFF via The New York Times
We are so excited to announce that the Humanity Fragrance Third Edition is under way! Each year I volunteer with a different organization, and based on my experience create a fragrance to reflect the people and place, and feelings encountered during the process. The Humanity Fragrance series was born out of the desire to create fragrances that mean more to the wearer and maker.
This year I am working with a community organization in my very own neighborhood of Brooklyn (last February I was in rural Cambodia, and the year before in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico). El Puente is a non-profit organization that services the south side of Williamsburg. I am working with their summer youth leadership program by offering a perfume apprenticeship to 15 young women in the program over the course of six weeks.
This past week, I worked with the girls to write a brief, or the inspiration for their fragrance. I asked them to think about a person, place or experience that’s been important in their life. From there, we will choose ingredients to represent the various aspects of their story.
In the end, I hope to find my own inspiration from who they are and create the next edition of the Humanity Fragrance. So far I’ve met Stephanie, whose name means Crowned in Victory; Leidy who wants to become a tattoo artist; and Alba, who wants to create a fragrance based on the flowers of her hometown of Santiago in the Dominican Republic.