Oakmoss

Oakmoss, or evernia prunastri, is a type lichen. Lichens are often called mosses or tree mosses, but they should not be confused with real mosses which are small flowerless green plants, growing in low carpets on wet soil. Lichens are neither fungi nor plants. They are strange organisms, an association between a fungus and an alga, where both parties cooperate for survival…

Perfume Hunting in Tokyo

Japan is famous for its great food, natural hot springs, and so many other quality stuff that make a visit to this country a real pleasure. But what about the ones like us who can’t help looking for new fragrances in the midst of a shopping afternoon? Knowing that the Japanese are very considerate people who…

Immortelle

Immortelle. Neither a harsh winter nor years of storage in a closet will alter your golden charm. You are the everlasting flower; you are “Immortelle.” A true present of the Gods to the people for healing wounds, joint pains, skin and lungs issues, you are also nurturing, calming, harmonizing and grounding, reducing apprehension, irritability, and mental…

Dear Musk

Dear Musk, or musk deer shall I say. You are the victim of your sublime pheromonal secretions, which in minute quantities, are an aphrodisiac for the cruel human beings who kill you for this primary purpose. The origin of the word musk comes from the Greek moskhos meaning testicles. In fact, the musk deer gland…

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…