Chris Collins Alchemy of Fragrance at JOVOY Parfums Rares – Paris

Chris Collins Alchemy of Fragrance at JOVOY Parfums Rares – Paris   Sarah Colton and her PERFUME NOTES presents Chris Collins Alchemy of Fragrance launch at JOVOY Paris.   Sultry red walls and a 1920s Josephine Baker gramophone sound for Chris Collins to presents his Alchemy of Fragrance Collection, Harlem Nights, Dance Sauvage, and Renaissance […]

A Good Year For Bad Girls

  2016 Was An Excellent Year for Bad Girls. Watch Out 2017!   Here’s why. Immediately after Bad Girls Perfume launched on April 1, 2016 at Esxence in Milan, all sorts of crazy Bad things began to happen.   For one thing, and that very day, Bad Girls Perfume was seen in the company of some pretty shady […]

Thierry Blondeau The Birth of a Fragrance House

  Last Friday I had the privilege of participating in an early launch of the new fragrance brand, Thierry Blondeau. The event was especially pleasurable because Thierry, who is both the perfumer and the brand owner, is also a friend. Turns out that in addition to writing his perfume blog, Olfactorum, Thierry has been nurturing […]

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 […]

Le Galion Now at Port in Paris

    Wind in her sails and laden with treasures, a much anticipated Le Galion Maison de Parfumerie has sailed gracefully into port and now rides majestically at anchor in Paris —  at Jovoy on rue Castiglione, and at Colette on Rue Saint-Honoré.  My first sighting of Le Galion dates from March, 2014, where at Esxence, the international […]

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 […]

Winds of Change in Paris Niche Perfumery

 Image: Cock (symbol of France) Weathervane     The last two years have witnessed exponential expansion of the Paris niche fragrance market.   In 2012, the opening of two multi-brand niche fragrance shops, Jovoy and NOSE generated an important up-tick in activity for small to medium sized artistic niche brands and opened the door to an […]

When A Raw Material Speaks to You, Take Note

Photo Courtesy Givaudan: Vetiver at Baie des Cayes, Haiti       I have always loved vetiver, perhaps more than any other raw material. Something about its dry-edged green earthiness has always spoken to me. It recalls the mellow brown of a cigar or beautifully tanned leather, but there’s also a brightness to it, and a saltiness […]

Rives de la Beauté : Aftermath

48 HOURS after Les Rives de la Beauté  2013 reached record high-water marks at La Cour des Senteurs in Versailles and The Liquides Perfume Bar in the Paris Marais district, a boatload of survivors was seen leaving a hotel particulière in central Paris — presumably to assess the situation. In boat: Front row left to […]

Karl Brandl at Jovoy with Ades de Venustas Iris Nazarena

Karl Brandl, co-owner of Ades de Venustas was recently with François Hénin at Jovoy to present Iris Nazarena, the second fragrance from his ground breaking New York niche fragrance company and boutique.  Created by the perfumer Ralf Schwieger with an iris and incense accord, Iris Nazarena  is presented in the same (now) iconic 20s inspired  bottle […]