Her Majesty Jasmine

Her Majesty Jasmine. The perfumer Edmond Roudnitska said once that “if Rose is the queen of the flowers, Jasmine is the queen of the fragrances.” Thanks to you, Grasse, in South of France, metamorphosed from a filthy and stinky leather tanning town to the world’s  capital of perfume. The Moors, who discovered you in South…

Metallic Notes

Metal. You are defined by your toughness and your ability to shine. Mercy is not part of your vocabulary as your heart is colder than ice. It is only under the tease of acetylene that you change your nature to become an orange devil, radiating heat and fear. In that state, your worst enemy is…

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…

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…

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…

Myrrha’s Tears

Inconsolable Myrrha. Your life should have been bright and happy, as a Goddess you were. Was it a spell of the malevolent Aphrodite or your tormented mind that made you commit the irreparable fault? No one knows… An evening of festivities, you attracted your father Cinyras in a dark alcove and had an intercourse with him, as…

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…

The Florals

From this week onwards, I will introduce the different families of fragrances according to one of the most famous classification in the industry, created by the perfumery expert Michael Edwards: the Fragrance Wheel. 4 basic groups – Floral, Oriental, Fresh and Woody – divided into 14 different families of fragrances are represented on the wheel. Under the spotlight today: the…