De-Classifying Fragrance Ingredients | Part Three

Shepard Fairey - Rise Above | De-Classifying ingredients | Celebrity

Starf***ers and the Rise of Celebrity Ingredients Again, when it comes to perfume ingredients, what is often written off as harmless hyperbole in fragrance copy often ends up clouding discussion about the real value and purpose of any material’s use. Promising the rarest, rawest, most highly sought after fragrance oils …more…

De-Classifying Fragrance Ingredients | Part Two

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Going Beyond Natural vs. Synthetic: Tell No Lies… Not to put a damper on my previous ingredient worship, but let’s be honest, the larger discussion surrounding fragrance materials has gotten slightly out of hand. A few brands and publications have been severely guilty of disseminating some pretty disturbing misinformation about …more…

De-Classifying Fragrance Ingredients | Part One

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As someone who creates fragrances, I love my ingredients. I love talking about them, testing them, tracking them down… I am enamored by each individual smell and backstory. To me, ingredients are the heart and sole of olfactory art. I could easily spend hours going on and on about any one of …more…

De-Classifying Fragrance Families

Declassifiying Families

Chypre, Fougère, Oriental… Recognize these categories? These are just a few of the infamous fragrance families: the basic structural taxonomies in perfumery. Families are a generally accepted way of mapping olfactive genealogies, born in the perfume houses, and popularized by the likes of Michael Edwards (Fragrances of the World’s Fragrance Wheel). The family classification system relies solely …more…

The Journey to Punt

Expedition to Punt

Returning to “God’s Land” | Hatshepsut’s Expedition to Punt As pharaoh, Hatshepsut is remembered for many notable accomplishments achieved during her 22 year reign of Egypt. Her earliest achievements took place on the battlefield, setting her sites on resolving ongoing conflicts disrupting important trade. In her first few years of power, Hatshepsut moved to execute several successful strategic …more…

Eye, Hatshepsut | The Fragrance Brief

Eye Hatshepsut with CM Logo

Finding Eye, Hatshepsut I’ll never forget my first trip to Egypt. From moment one, I was drawn in by the country’s awe-inspiring architecture, its epic folklore, and of course, its longstanding connections to perfume. It was during that trip I was introduced to the stories of Hatshepsut and her rather …more…

Even More Scent-ences & Other Perfume Madness

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  “Butterflies all havin’ fun, you know what I mean…” Even More Scent-ences from the Smelly Interwebs From the hidden corners of all things perfumed in media, here’s your weekly CM roundup of goings-on from the mad, mad world of fragrances and beyond: (👃🍬) Some new and noteworthy nose candy …more…

Chasing Asphalt Rainbows 🌹🌈🗽 Week 3

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Asphalt Rainbows are unexpected reminders that beauty cannot and will not be contained… Murals. Tags. Pasteups. Slaps. After getting lost on the streets of New York City and beyond, here’s this week’s throwbacks and finds from my explorations in the ever-changing world of urban art… A look back at my time …more…

More Scent-ences & Other Perfume Madness

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“Look at it this way… at least we learned how to make French Fries… ” – Coming to America More Scent-ences from the Smelly Interwebs From the hidden corners of all things perfumed in media, here’s your weekly CM roundup of goings-on from the mad, mad world of fragrances and …more…

Chasing Asphalt Rainbows 🌹🌈🗽 Week 2

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Asphalt Rainbows are unexpected reminders that beauty cannot and will not be contained… Murals. Tags. Pasteups. Slaps. After getting lost on the streets of New York City and beyond, here’s this week’s throwbacks and finds from my explorations in the ever-changing world of urban art… A look back at my time …more…