WildGardener 7 days ago
The first Cologne de Toilette
For his first job in perfumery, François Coty was put to work lashing up a cologne for a small Paris pharmacy where he worked as lab assistant. His boss was so impressed with the results that he sent the young apprentice to train at Chiris, the prestigious oils house in Grasse. Years later, when he came to think about composing his own Eau de Cologne, Coty was already...
WildGardener 2 months ago
La fin du Monde - it's not the End of the World
There's a tradition in certain parts of the perfume world to use difficult or even unpleasant notes in a composition. This is more than just adding a bit of civet to smooth out a profile, it's when a perfume becomes weird or consciously repellant in some way, as well as being attractive. This tendency goes back at least as far as Roudnitska, with his use of cumin...
WildGardener 3 months ago
The smell of the Three Little Pigs - and the Big Bad Wolf...
An olfactory exhibition is currently running in Norway. Based on the story the Three Little Pigs, children follow a trail through the exhibition where scent boxes are used to illustrate different parts of the narrative. It begins with a mini pig farm, where the first box holds the realistic smell of pigs, pee, mud, and poop. The children,...
WildGardener 4 months ago
Chemically Encr¥pT3d Perfume
Victoria's Secret would seem to be unlikely market leaders but their new perfume Bare is just that. It's the first perfume to contain Cryptosym, a transparent odourless base that protects a perfume from being copied by chemically encrypting its formula. New perfumes are routinely subjected to chemical analysis by a process known as gcms: gas chromatography - mass spectrometry....
WildGardener 6 months ago
Your nose knows
30% of your DNA is actually made for your sense of taste and your sense of smell; like 30% of your whole existence goes towards your taste and your smell - sense, that's a really good indication that it's a good idea to trust your nose; your nose knows.You don't wanna eat rotten Bunya nuts...David Trood - The Weedy Garden : YouTube
WildGardener 6 months ago
Is this the New Lutens?
Since Michael Edwards stopped using the word Oriental, the ideology that appeared to motivate Serge Lutens has fallen out of favour in some parts of the world of perfumery. This driving force, which led him to use names like Ambre Sultan, Cuir Mauresque and Muscs Kublai Khan, seems to have been replaced by a kind of olfactory agnosticism, which serves to distance the house from...