What’s In A (Fabulous Fragrance) Name?

Fucking Fabulous Tom Ford Fabulous. No, not just Fabulous, but Fucking Fabulous. That’s the eye-catching name of Tom Ford’s latest limited edition launch. The sexually provocative designer is once again courting controversy, further pushing his audience (and mother brand) to question where the lines of good taste in fragrance marketing …more…

De-Classifying Fragrance Ingredients | Part Seven

Eye Collage | More About Ensemble Fragrances

Understanding More About Ensemble Fragrances As I said before, in an ensemble fragrance, every individual material is given a chance to step into the spotlight. No singular odor fully dominates the olfactive structure. From a design perspective, ensemble pieces are by far the most complex to construct. They represent the …more…

De-Classifying Fragrance Ingredients | Part Six

Christopher Street Act I | Christopher Park | Patriotic Pride | Segal's Gay Liberation

I always say, Christopher Street is a think-piece. To construct Christopher Street’s multi-layered narrative, the concept of Top/Mid/Dry (the standard fragrance pyramid) is treated more like Act I/Act II/Act III of a story: it is a method aimed at bringing structural and narrative development into sync with one another. This …more…

De-Classifying Fragrance Ingredients | Part Five

Christopher Street Sign | Olfactive Ensemble

The Christopher Street Extreme: An Olfactive Ensemble In olfactive storytelling, I believe that the main role of ingredients is to better reveal the subject being bottled. We rely on aspects of material transparency to help drive a sense of narrative… to provoke an emotional, transportive response when sniffing. In the …more…

De-Classifying Fragrance Ingredients | Part Four

Duke A. Barnstable | The Future is in Wood

Oud and the Value of Authenticity In today’s post-industrial world, authenticity matters more than ever. People are not only requesting transparency regarding our fragrances, they are demanding it. What we use, how we use it, the effects it will have… all need to be carefully considered when creating perfume. Long gone …more…

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

Love Me Like You Mean It - Street Art

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…