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 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 […]

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 […]