The best thing about indie perfumery is its freedom to take a risk. This risk is why many of us follow indie (and niche) perfumery. We want to smell perfumes that don’t smell like other perfumes. Aether Arts Magic Mushroom took a risk to be a “gourmand mushroom” perfume. This may sound rather odd but quite a few botanical perfumes depend on mushrooms to add an animalic, earthy muskiness without relying on animal-derived ingredients.
In the basement of Bergdorf Goodman, tucked away, there’s a dark, dimly lit area. This is the JAR room¹. If you’re into perfumes, the “JAR Experience” is treated like some sort of cult initiation, something that you must do if you want to be taken seriously in the world of perfume. But, in reality, it’s just something that people that are really into perfume should try to do if they find themselves wanting to sniff perfume while they are in NYC or Paris.
October, which is usually one of my favorite months, started out rather inspiring. I felt renewed and ready to take on anything. The weather was rather mild and I got outdoors and did stuff.
And then I received terrible news that my grandmother had passed, a week after my visit to Tennessee. She was one of my favorite people, a humorous, sassy ruby-red-lipstick-wearing sort of broad that could cook like no other. She was someone… Continue reading | 27 Comments
Aftelier Cepes and Tuberose is a tuberose soliflore but it’s not sweet or candied, nor is it “mentholated”. And it’s not “tropical”. It’s a tuberose grounded by earth. After sampling this, I realize that there aren’t many tuberoses that fit into the category of “earthy”.
Cepes and Tuberose opens with sharp rosewood and hay. After this settles, it’s a big floral with blooming tuberose and dewy rose. It’s slightly sweet and lactonic but not too sweet or lactonic. It’s balanced by a savory saltiness. Think of… Continue reading | 8 Comments