The CM2 Project and the Story of Rose: Alexander

Rosa damascena vars semperflorens

The CM2 Fragrance Project begins with stories from the ancient world of Alexander the Great: rose aficionado and graffiti artist. For more information on The CM2 Fragrance Project or to pre-order samples of the fragrance, please visit Charenton Macerations Indiegogo campaign at http://igg.me/at/cm2fragrance. Early Rose History No flower in the history of perfumery has been more revered than the irresistible rose. Native to Asia, Europe, North America, and North Africa, its intoxicating scent has been …continue…

Rose, Street Art, and the CM2 Project

For the Love of Sade

The CM2 Project: Inspired by Street Art Disrupt expectations. From its ability to distort perceptions or transform the ambiance of any environment, to its all-too temporary embrace with our skin – not to mention our many varied public displays of olfactive ‘expressionism’ – the world of scent shares some very interesting parallels with the world of pens, pastes, and paints. Street art can make you think just by interrupting a …continue…

A New Chapter Begins…

CM Fragrance No 2

I am so pleased to finally be able to share some news about Charenton Macerations‘ follow up fragrance to Christopher Street. This new project has been in the works for the past two years, and touches on a series of questions regarding perfumery that many of us ask ourselves every day. It also introduces two new collaborators into the CM mix, both of which I am really looking forward to introducing you to over …continue…

Happy NYC Pride 2014

Gay Pride 1973 (GLBT Center Archives)

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 one to remember. Thank you to everyone who has come out to help support all of our efforts. Happy NYC …continue…

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 when patrons and neighbors in the West Village banded together to fight back against oppression and corruption – or, as …continue…

Pride 2014 Sampling Day 5: The Stonewall Inn

53-Christopher-Street-(Reflection)

Today’s Christopher Street Pride 2014 fragrance sampling location is The Stonewall Inn (51-53 Christopher Street). Join me from 6pm-8pm tonight for your chance to snag a free sample of Christopher Street. Happy Pride Week. About The Stonewall Inn (51-53 Christopher Street) First built in 1843, the buildings at 51 and 53 Christopher Street were constructed as six stables, and at the time were best known for housing the delivery horses for Saks Fifth Avenue. The two buildings …continue…

Pride 2014 Sampling Day 4: Jefferson Market Garden

Red-and-yellow-rose-JMG

Today’s Christopher Street Pride 2014 fragrance sampling location is Jefferson Market Garden (Greenwich Ave btw W 10th/Christopher). Join me from 2pm-4pm today for your chance to snag a free sample of Christopher Street. Happy Pride Week Everyone. About Jefferson Market (Greenwich Ave between W 10th St. and Christopher Street) Jefferson Market was first established in 1833. At the time, the site consisted of rows of merchants’ sheds and a tall wooden lookout tower used …continue…

Pride 2014 Sampling Day 3: Christopher Park

Wisteria-Christopher-Park

Today’s Christopher Street Pride 2014 fragrance sampling location is Christopher Park (Christopher Street at 7th Avenue). Join me from 2pm-4pm today for your chance to snag a free sample of Christopher Street. Happy Pride. About Christopher Park Like most of the land surrounding Christopher Street, the site that would become Christopher Park was once part of a Dutch tobacco farm until the English took over New York during the 17th century. With …continue…