Collaboration is essential to the world of perfume. Without muses, we wouldn’t have half of the classics we still wear today. One of the many things that appeals to me about the indie lines is collaboration. I’ve seen perfumers make scents for indie stores and galleries. I’ve even seen indie perfumers make perfumes inspired by blogging projects. I have to say from my experience that the most diverse and prolific collaborator is Kedra Hart of Opus Oils.
Opus Oils is a nifty perfume line located in Hollywood. The boutique is open by appointment. This time last year, I was… Continue reading | 38 Comments
I visited NYC in late January. On my trip, I visited The Elements Showcase. And yes, I’m finally getting around to writing about it. Now let’s jog my memory…
The Elements Showcase highlights niche fragrance and few skincare/cosmetics companies. It’s a mix of buyers, media, industry insiders, and I guess anybody else that wants to attend. It’s a bit like the Sundance of perfume events. I’m a talker and a sniffer so I regret not taking more pictures but I really enjoyed myself. And that’s what matters. (Plus, my camera’s flash wouldn’t work.)
I dislike doing best/worst lists because fragrance is subjective AND I dislike doing them because I haven’t tried all of the new launches of 2011. Who has? If you keep up with mainstream, luxury, indie, and naturals, you know that a new perfume is launched every second…only a slight exaggeration. Here’s a best of list that I compiled from the limited perfumes (in comparison to new launches) that I tried this year. Personally, I thought 2011 was a good year for… Continue reading | 39 Comments
On Friday, perfumer, Mona di Orio unexpectantly passed away. Like most of the fragrance community, her friends and family, I was shocked and without words unable to fully process this tragic news. I somberly put on the bright perfume, Lux, and had a “blog day of silence”. The world lost a talented artist and a passionate perfumer. Mona drew in old and new fans with Les Nombres d’Or Collection launched this year. I’ve loved her Signature Collection since the moment… Continue reading