Inside the Pages of Christopher Street Magazine

Christopher Street Magazine Covers

In search of research materials for my fragrance, I happened to stumble across Christopher Street magazine while combing through the stacks of archive materials inside the New York Public Library. Founded in the 1970s, this early gay literary magazine (along with publications like the Village Voice) proved incredibly useful in understanding shifting West Village philosophies in a post-Stonewall New York. During the time of the magazine’s launch, the re-energized activist community …continue…

Christopher Street – Dance on Skin

"Dance on Skin"

At the heart of the Christopher Street fragrance story is the most often asked about olfactive accord: “Dance on Skin.” Meant to capture that quintessentially unique je ne sais quoi that is New York City activism, “Dance on Skin” is not only dedicated to the defiant spirit of the many people populating the streets of the West Village, but also echoes the musical sounds that has had these same people …continue…

Christopher Street: Ralf Schwieger and Douglas Bender

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I first met my Christopher Street fragrance co-conspirator, perfumer Ralf Schwieger, back in 2008. I had been working as an independent fragrance consultant for about a year, and was contacted by Mane USA to work on a few different fragrance projects. Before meeting, I had already begun the initial research on the Christopher Street fragrance project, but was still conceptualizing… still gathering materials and building the olfactive story. After meeting, …continue…

Christopher Street -
From Merchants to Misfits

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New York City’s Christopher Street is one of the oldest and longest streets in the West Village. Designed as a diagonal road against a rectangular grid, Christopher Street has always been known for its subversive character. A street of merchants and misfits, known for the occasional mob front, it has been home to Beatniks, Bohemians, and homosexuals. Christopher Street, and the West Village neighborhood around it, have built a reputation …continue…

The Noisettes ‘Contact’ – Bottle This

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Music is incredibly useful in understanding the world of fragrance. Not only is scent constructed in a manner akin to scoring music, but it too is focused on capturing and provoking emotional response. Many articles and blogposts have been written on the similarities between the two, so I won’t go too deep into the subject, but will say I find the science of both to be quite fascinating. I’ve always …continue…

Return to Innocence

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As the launch of Christopher Street looms ever closer, I’m starting to feel oddly nostalgic… remembering what first inspired me to open Charenton Macerations and why I felt now was the right time to do it. It seems lately (especially with the unveiling of Chandler Burr’s scent exhibit at The Museum of Art and Design) there has been so much talk in and around the industry, involving what the appropriate …continue…

Perfume and Politics

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One aspect that most definitely drives the creative spirit inside Charenton Macerations stems from that palpable energy that surfaces when staring into the face of adversity. In these moments, when faced with an obstacle to overcome, a new challenge to face, we actively engage both our instinctual and rational selfs: our thoughts, our fears, our memories… our biological defenses. Moments that lead us to personal triumph or defeat, popular uprising …continue…

Silencio from Mulholland Drive – Bottle This

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Silencio “No Hay Banda… This is a Tape Recording.” The “Silencio” clip from David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. Amazing use of sound and color to advance the plot is mesmerizing. Features a cover of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” that is hauntingly genius. It’s no wonder Lynch has been hired to direct so many fragrance commercials over the years. What do you think about the sights and sounds in Lynch’s Mulholland Drive? Does …continue…