The Naked Truth – Fragrance Manifesto at Esxence 2017

Photo by Patrick Ibanez  Courtesy Christophe Laudamiel     As the world’s largest artistic niche fragrance trade show held in Milan each spring, Esxence the Scent of Excellence has been the seeding ground for many “In the Beginning…” stories, experiences, and relationships in Perfumery since its own beginning nine years ago.   An example of one […]

Bad Girls Perfume Book and Website Launch at Esxence, Milan

  Bad Girls Perfume  The Book and www.badgirlsperfume.com The Website Launch Party at Esxence, Milan April 1 (No Joke!) at 2:30 pm YOU are invited to: Bad Girls Perfume Workshop (Code Name for Wild and Debauched Party/Book/Website/ Launch) Where: Esxence, Milan Main Conference Room When: April 1, 2016 (No Joke!) At: 2:30 pm Be ready for a DANGEROUS combination […]

‘Tango’ by Masque Fragranze at Esxence the Scent of Excellence

This ‘Sarah Colton Perfume Notes’ video was shot at Esxence Milan in March 2015, and is about ‘Tango’, a fragrance for women and men created in 2014 for Masque Fragranze.   In the video, Alessandro Brun, co-founder of Masque Fragranze of Milan and perfumer Cécile Zarokian of Paris describe this hot and carnal Oriental Floral fragrance, and how […]

Esxence, The Spirit of Niche Perfume

  Following the enthusiastic response to my February 17, 2015 ‘Pre-Esxence’ post, in which François Duquesne, CEO of Beauty Entreprise dubbed Esxence ‘The Sundance of Artistic Niche Fragrances, I thought it was only fair to let my other niche perfume friends chime in on their thoughts about Esxence. So, I contacted a bunch of people […]

Esxence – The Sundance for Artistic Niche Fragrances

Some of the artistic niche fragrance leaders who will soon convene at Esxence in Milan.  Left to right: Silvio Lévi,  founder of Esxence, James Heeley, owner of Heeley Parfums, Nicolas Cloutier, CEO of NOSE perfume boutique in Paris, and François Duquesne, CEO of Beauty Entreprise.     Esxence, The Scent of Excellence  held in Milan each year, is arguably […]

Esxence 2014 Part #2: Favorite Brands and Fragrances

   One of my most exciting Esxence moments was witnessing the triumphant re-birth of a fine old French perfume brand, Le Galion – Maison de Parfumerie, more than 30 years after its creation. Originally founded in 1930 by a certain Prince Murat, Le Galion was later sold to perfumer Paul Vacher, best known as the […]

Esxence 2014 Part #1: A Reflection

“Year after year, the identity of our community gets more and more clear and defined.” Silvio Levi – Esxence Co-Founder     A week after returning to Paris from The sixth edition of Esxence – The Scent of Excellence, Artistic Perfumery’s trade fair in Milan, I’m still under the spell of what was essentially a […]

Gala Party Honoring the 65th Anniversary of Robert Piguet’s Fracas

Joe Garces, CEO of Robert Piguet Parfums, at the  gala party honoring the  65th Anniversary of Fracas, Robert Piguet’s mythical and run away best selling fragrance.  Held  at The Hotel Sheraton Diana Majestic in Milan during the week of  The 5th  Edition of Esxence, international salon of artistic niche perfumery,  Joe’s Saturday night party was the social highlight of […]

Esxence: The Power of World Niche Perfumery Converges on Milan ITALY

It’s less than a two-hour flight from Paris to Milan, but what a trip! The 5th Edition of the Esxence salon started off with a bang – a ‘GOLD’ theme party to celebrate 5 years of success – and ended on a note of promise, with awards for excellence among young perfumers. In between, 4 […]