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…

More Scent-ences & Other Perfume Madness

More Scent-ences Wizardskull in Bushwick McDonalds Burger King Queer

“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…

Christopher Street Pride 2015

Rainbow Umbrella Fairy Pride

The Rainbows are Flying High… It’s Pride week here again in New York City, and it looks set to be another exciting year on Christopher Street. With the Stonewall Inn’s Landmark status hearing on Tuesday morning, and the looming of yet another weighty Supreme Court decision (Obergefell v. Hodges) involving the rights of …more…

Scent Bombs & Other Disruptions

Brooklyn Vietnam Mural

If you’re anything like me, when you hear the word disruption, you probably think of something meant to interfere with your day (i.e. a stalled subway making you late, or a hyperactive child screaming for attention). There is a certain negative bias to the word. However, as I was reminded …more…

Fragrance: The Original Disruptive Art?

Smelling Dasic Fernandez

Street art, graffiti, urban art… this unapologetically disruptive art form goes by many names. Regardless of preferred word (or underlying philosophical beliefs), all terms refer to a disruptive force in action. The desire to disrupt guides the artist from the initial conception stages all the way to installation, a fact …more…

Christopher Street Tobacco

Tobacco

One simply cannot discuss the history of the West Village without emphasizing the importance of tobacco. Christopher Street has thick roots buried deep in the old tobacco fields that lay forgotten beneath its current urban visage: a tobacco-laced olfactive narrative that stretches back 400 years to the origins of Greenwich Village and the …more…

The Art of Memorable Fragrance Gifting

Seasons-Greetings-Christopher-Street-2014

Holiday Season 2014 is in full swing. When you work in the world of fragrance, two things stand out during this time of year. It begins with the ads. Online, on tv, in print… we are inundated with the latest from big launches, best sellers, and scent classics. Christmas is like the Super …more…

Happy NYC Pride 2014

Today’s Christopher Street Pride 2014 fragrance sampling location is The 44th Annual NYC Pride Parade (Moving Target). I will be out and about today in the West Village from 1pm-5pm handing out free samples of Christopher Street and taking in the day’s festivities. It has been a tremendous week of sampling on Christopher Street. Definitely …more…

Happy Christopher Street Liberation Day

Stonewall Inn, June 2014

All this week on Christopher Street, Charenton Macerations has been celebrating 45 years of queer liberation, commemorating some of our favorite stories, places, and events connected with the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City. Today, June 28th, officially marks the 45th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots, that infamous night in ’69 …more…