Thursday, January 31, 2013

Anna Karenina: Hands, Gesture, and Perfume

Joe Wright's Anna Karenina inspired a perfume character study. Odin, Diptyque, and Arquiste made the cut for Levin, Kitty, Anna, and Vronsky. Equally Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's choreography greatly captured my attention and imagination. His use of heightened and precisely articulated hand and gestural movement during the cathartic dance scene of the film created a passionate sequence, and a refreshing way to continue to understand the characters of the epic story. Read my post on CaFlerueBon. 

Here is a link to behind the scene photos from Empire on Line. 
Actors taking a break or a director framing an image/idea can be so telling.

Here are some more stills..........

Monday, January 21, 2013

Misty Morning, Enchanted Forest EdP, The Vagabond Prince

Clarence Hudson White,  Morning, 1908

It's after the New Year, and the brownstoned streets of Brooklyn are lined with the fallen fir trees of Xmas. This year on an unusually warm and misty morning this well-balanced mix of H2O and Evergreen created the perfect ecosystem to bring these same Xmas trees back to life for one last hurrah. With every step pine and balsam rose from the pavement and hovered in the air, giving me insight into this spirited fragrance.

Reduction is a word that comes to mind when I smell Enchanted Forest. In cooking reduction heightens flavor, similarly Enchanted Forest feels as if some of its notes have been "reduced" to allow us to experience the many heightened aspects of one note, in particular the blackcurrant (the leaf the bud the fruit the liqueur) and fir balsam (the pine needle the Russian Forest the earth the expanse.) This forest is not a white frozen wintry one where the animals are hibernating, instead this forest is alive, moist, mossy, and lush that links the blackcurrant and evergreen. This is not to say that this fragrance is limited to two notes, the opening alone is a rush of movement that involves citrus/spicy/boozy and aldehydic notes, just take one look at the detailed (and transparent) list of notes and story here

The Enchanted Forest is a dream realized for Elena Knezhevich and Zoran Knezevic Co-Founders of Fragrantica. Bertrand Duchaufour expertly created this "blackcurrant soliflore." This is a joyful fragrance, celebratory and festive. The opening is so alive, but as it settles its mystery and darker side lurks just around the woodsy trail.

Elena and Zoran

Special thanks to The Vagabond Prince for the samples.

Top notes:

pink pepper, aldehydes, sweet orange (traces), flower cassis, blackcurrant leaf, hawthorn, effects of rum and wine, rosemary, davana.

Heart notes:
blackcurrant buds absolute (by LMR from Grasse), CO2 blackcurrant (byFloral Concept from Grasse), Russian coriander seed, honeysuckle, rose, carnation, vetiver

Base notes:
opoponax resinoid, Siam benzoin, amber, oakmoss, fir balsam absolute, Patchouli Purecoeur®, castoreum absolute, cedar notes, vanilla, musk

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tresor is the Scent of the Day

One of the Tresor Mods at MAD

Hiro is wearing Tresor today, and is the recipient of the two tickets to The Birth of a Scent: Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb at (MAD) Museum of Arts and Design.

Tresor is the work of Sophia Grojsman, and Ms. Grojsman's development "mods" for Tresor can be experienced at MAD. This innovative and interactive exhibit gives us insight into making a fragrance, from the perfumer's perspective.

I hope you get to catch this (if you haven't already) and enjoy the talk and evening.

Monday, January 7, 2013

2 Free Tickets to The Birth of a Scent: Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb-January 18 at Museum of Art and Design-NYC

Hi Everyone: 

I thought a giveaway would be a fun way to start the New Year. The talk will take place at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD)on Friday, January 18th at 7:30, and you will be in good company with Chandler Burr and Carlos Benaim. To enter please leave a sentence about the perfume you are wearing today. A winner will be selected randomly on January 15th. 

Best, Valerie

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 7:30 pm
Tracing the construction of the perfume Spicebomb, this fully interactive presentation by olfactory artist Carlos Benaim and curator Chandler Burr explains the process behind the creation of this work of art.