The Rules of Olfaction

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Olfaction really involves two things: application and experience. We place scent on our bodies AND we seek it out in the world. In today’s audiovisual-centric world, the full beauty of our olfactory senses can easily be overlooked. People tend to inappropriately dismiss fragrance as just another fashion accessory (so for beauty application only), undervaluing its full, active potential. Perhaps this is because they simply do not understand how deeply we …continue…

Christopher Street – The Brief

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The following is an excerpt from the original Christopher Street brief.  After months of historic research, personal observation, and countless interviews of residents past and present, I distilled the information down to three main areas of interest: the people of the West Village, the architecture of the neighborhood, and the lyrical music connecting the two.  This story  continued to grow as the outlines of the fragrance took shape, with new …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…

On Formulation

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Admittedly, I am a detail oriented person; probably a product of years studying analytical chemistry. After all, chemistry is a science obsessed with understanding underlying phenomena, a way of looking under the world’s hood. In many ways, chemistry involves solving the world’s smallest jigsaw puzzles, each atom slowly moving into place to reveal a larger picture at work. The closer you look, the more detail revealed in every piece. My connection …continue…

Activism and Making a Statement

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Activism has always had a big influence on how I do things. When I started Charenton Macerations in 2007, I knew the company needed to try and stretch the boundaries of the fragrance world to succeed. As a lover of all forms of scent, I was looking for opportunities to allow fragrances to showcase their full beauty. To achieve this effect, I oftentimes find myself looking beyond the boundaries of …continue…

What’s a Fragrance Brief?

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I have to admit, aside from actual fragrance formulation, my favorite part of the development process has to be writing the fragrance brief. The brief is the blueprint, the underlying story you expect your scent to tell. A good brief not only includes notes for designing the olfactive story, but also any relevant inspirational pieces a perfumer and the rest of the creative team might use to begin formulating scent …continue…