Friday, November 16, 2012

Olfactive Studio Parfum

Olfactive Studio was the belle of the ball at Elements Showcase in August, and in mid-November these fragrances are still holding my attention. Olfactive Studio is a curated collaboration between perfumers and photographers. Creator Céline Verleure's vision and talent ensured this niche brand has depth and character, and leaves us with four distinct fragrances inspired by the following photographs. 
Photographer: Luc Laportre

Autoportrait  Dark atmospheric accords create a beautiful round baritone of a fragrance. Incense meets a solitary and fragrant walk in the woods, where mossy foot steps and silence can transform an ordinary day. Perfumer, Nathalie Lorson works her magic with Bergamot, Elemi, Benzoin Siam, Incense, Musks, Oakmoss, Cedarwood, Vetiver.

Photographer:  Frédéric Lebain

Still Life is the life of the party. Citrus sweet, citrus sparking, fizz fizz, a kind of luxe creamsicle, but there is a a peppery warmth here too. Still Life turned around my miserable Monday. A spiky drydown that rides the fun time wave all the way to shore. Perfumer, Dora Arnaud plays hard with Yuzu, Elemi, Pink, Black, and Sichuan pepper, Star Anise, Galbanum, Dark Rum, Cedarwood, Ambrox

Photographer:  Massimo Vitali

Lumiere Blanche, There is something comforting and creamy about Lumiere. Cool spices bump lovingly into this woody fragrance. Slightly powdery and perfectly balanced, yet elevated like classical music on a guitar. Perfumer, Sidonie Lancesseur, nobly creates with Cardomom, Star Anise, Cinnamon, Iris, Almond milk, Cashmere Wood, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, White Musk, oh and the juice is milky white.

Photographer:  Clémence René-Bazin 

Chambre Noire, This fragrance slowly comes into focus. I was reminded of Antonioni's Blow-Up, and how there is a magical moment that takes place in a dark room when an image emerges from seemingly nothing. If this fragrance were a color it would be plum, violet, deep purple, and black with silver lining. Perfumer, Dorothée Piot brings Schinus, Jasmine, Papyrus, Violet, Incense, Prune, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Musk, Vanilla, Leather to life.

The entire story of Olfactive Studio Parfum can be found on their website, where portraits of the creator, individual perfumers and photographers are captured. I urge you take a look and a sniff. VV