CM2 Project: Why Fragrance & Street Art

Blek le Rat "Sleeping Man"

“Art must serve a cause; not a military cause, or political, but a social cause.” – Blek le Rat Since the very beginning of The CM2 Project, I have been quite adamant that the purpose of this particular experiment is not to simply add a fragrance component to a street art piece. That’s not to say that incorporating an olfactive element into existing street art wouldn’t produce interesting results, because it could. However, in …continue…

CM2 Project: Street Art Inspiration (Gallery)

Art for Whom? (Bushwick)

The worlds of scent and graffiti collide in the CM2 Project, the latest from Charenton Macerations. Inside this gallery, you’ll find a series of amazing street art & technique that helped inspired the final CM2 fragrance. Let’s go outside.

The Mythological Rose

David Working Out (Williamsburg)

There is no denying that as human beings, we sometimes try to communicate with one another using roses. It is a flower ritualized and revered like no other in our history. But what exactly are we trying to say when we choose to say it with rose, and how has its floral message changed with the passage of time? How and why has the rose come to mean what it does to us …continue…

CM2 & Street Art Techniques: Subtraction

banksy-boy-pig

“Your incompleteness completes me” CM2 is a fragrance born from a fascination with masterful techniques deployed in street art production. There is so much beauty in how a skilled bomber possesses this expert ability to take the simplest everyday things and turn them on their heads – doing so through careful manipulation of an object’s preexisting form and structure. These artists alter our expectations of surrounding space – and yes, a similar phenomenon can be achieved in perfumery. As I …continue…

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…