BOIS 1920

This is our second edition of “Fragrant Inspirations” aimed at revealing outstanding perfumers and their houses and get inspired by their creator. This week, the Italian house of BOIS 1920. BOIS 1920 was founded by one of the Italian pioneers of modern perfumery, Guido Galardi. Guido started by collecting lavender on the hills around Florence…

Guaiac Wood

Guaiac Wood. Tree of life, “Palo Santo” or Lignum Vitae, you are known under many pseudonyms. You are a sacred tree of the Americas, your distant and illustrious cousins are myrrh and frankincense. Since ancient times, shamans and other priests have burnt your hard flesh to purify the sacrificial ground and the house of the…

Fougère

Fougère. How could an inodorous plant like the fern become the symbol of one of the most appreciated fragrance family?  Geo F. Trumper, a discreet men’s grooming house in London, is supposedly the first to have created an imaginary accord for the fern in 1877. Paul Parquet, one of the greatest perfumer of his time and…

Fueguia 1833

This article is the first of a new series called “Fragrant Inspirations” aimed at revealing outstanding perfumers and their brands,  in an interview with their creator. I would like to certify herewith that these articles are not sponsored but written solely with the aim of getting inspired by these wonderful artists. Fueguia 1833 Despite its name,…

Smoke on the Water

Smoke and perfume might seem, for some, to be at the opposite end of the olfactory spectrum. Smoke is, however, the most ancient mean of delivering aromas in the air. The origin of the word perfume comes from the old italian word parfumare meaning “to smoke through”. The fragrant smoke of the incense rising up to heaven is…

The Fresh

This article is the fourth in our discovery of the fragrance families, according to the classification of Michael Edwards illustrated on the Fragrance Wheel. After the Florals, the Orientals, and the Woods, here come the Fresh. The Fresh fragrance group, as seen by Edwards, is gathering the rather disparate families of the Fruity, the Green, the Aquatic and…

Rose or Amber?

Sticky Rockrose. You are a tough little shrub, bearing extreme summer droughts and the cold Mediterranean winter. Year after year, your courage and persistence made you gain more territory, at the expense of other species. Your fragrant resinous exudate has been valued since the Ancient times for soothing coughs, reducing menstrual pains and especially for their mind…

The Woods

This is the third episode in our exploration of the Fragrance Wheel by Michael Edwards, after the Florals and the Orientals. Edwards sub-divided his wheel into 3 Wood families: the Dry Woods also known as the Leathers, the Mossy Woods commonly called Chypres, and simply the Woods. All fragrances of these families share a strong woody base…

Irresistible Little Pod

 Irresistible Little Pod. Your sweet smell and delicious taste were unknown until the discovery of the Americas. The Aztecs had already cultivated the vine and the flower for years before the Conquistadors named you first vaina and then vainilla (small pod in Spanish) because of the shape of your fruits. They brought you back to Europe, along with…

The Orientals

The Orientals. This article is second in our exploration of the Fragrance Wheel by Michael Edwards, as introduced to you in my post “The Florals“. The Oriental fragrance Group is divided into three families: soft-oriental, oriental and woody oriental. We will look today at what makes their oriental nature and what distinguishes them from other…