Scentism Shanghai 2017

After several millenniums of refined olfactory culture in Imperial China, the use of fragrances and incenses came literally to a stop during the Cultural Revolution in the nineteen-sixties. It is hard to imagine that less than a decade could wipe out so many cultural treasures and behaviors and reboot the most populous country in the…

Discoveries at Fragranze 15 (Part 3/3)

This post is the last of my series of three, reporting on my fragrant discoveries at the major event of artistic (or niche) perfumery of the year, the Fragranze 15th edition in Florence. The Paris perfumery boutique and fragrance house of JOVOY showed the result of a fascinating artistic project called “What Matters Is Inside.” The idea…

Fragranze 2017

After our great summer holidays, an even happier time has come for the fragrance lovers like us: the 15th Fragranze show, also known as the Pitti Show, edition 2017, as always in the historical city of Florence in Italy. The magic event will take place this year from 8th to 10th of September, reserve your…

Cucumber

Cucumber. You are perhaps the oldest vegetable cultivated by humans, with your traces found in ancient sites older than 3,000 years. The Uruk King Gilgamesh was already praising your health benefits, more than four millenniums ago. Gourds, melons, and cantaloupes are all members of your great family.  Your aroma and fragrance are so fresh and…

Piper Nigrum

Piper Nigrum or Black Pepper is native to the South-Western Province of Kerala in India, where it grows wild. The fruits of this flowering vine have been appreciated or even venerated by humans for millenniums. So much that already in the antiquity, the Greeks and the Romans imported black pepper from Egyptian merchants for a fortune….

Sakura

Sakura, sakura,              (Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,) Ya-yo-I-no so-ra-wa,         (In the Spring sky,) Mi-watasu kagiri               (as far as eyes can see) Ka-su-mi-ka ku-mo-ka,    (is it fog or is it a cloud?) Ni-o-i-zo i-zu-ru                …

Mimosa

Mimosa. You are the first flower of the year, announcing Spring, embalming the Mediterranean hills and dotting them with your yellow puff-balls. You perfume the flower shops with your sweet and subtle scent. You look like hundreds of miniature Suns that warm up our hearts when they need it most, worn after a long and dark…

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…

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…

Radiant Aldehydes

Radiant Aldehydes. Your presence in a fragrance is like bottling the sun in the flask. You illuminate the other essences from your bright energy and make them shine.  You are the smell of a citrus orchard in summer, fresh linen, a hot terrace of Andalusia, a dry and stony trail in an olive grove in Tuscany. The…