The Purple Dress - Music, Colour & Synesthesia

The Purple Dress - Music, Colour & Synesthesia
This Saturday we explored the concept of synesthesia through visual pairings of naturally dyed (logwood and cochineal) and ecoprinted fabrics in all shades of purple; plus the scent and sounds of The Purple Dress perfume and the chromatic song which inspired it..

In the photo is The Purple Dress perfume and a stunning collection of purples - printed and dyed fabrics by Hasia Naveh:
Purple scabiosa flowers, which produce the beautiful greens I've shown you in yesterday's post, produce purple when used to make botanical inks, or simply draw with the petals. Dyestuff used to achieve purple shades are cochineal (ranging from magenta and fuchsia to a lavender purple, depending on how the fabric is treated and the cochineal manipulated). Logwood is used to make darker and cooler purples. 
The synthetic connection in The Purple Dress is of both sounds, colours and scents. The song that inspired its name is very chromatic and nuanced, which creates a mystery and also some ambiguously melancholic mood. I felt inspired to centre the perfume around Champaca extracts (concrete, absolute and CO2), which to me is a very "purple" scent. If you've never smelled champaca, it would be hard to understand this. Maybe it's the inherent combination of star anise, black tea and orange-blossom like notes that make me see and feel very luxurious purple colours, more specific, glorious fabric, rich in both texture and colour, with depth and complexity. What I envision when smelling Champaca is very similar to what you see in the photo with all of Hasi's fabrics. 

Magnolia Lily & The Chinese Apothecary

Some Chinese herbs, originally uploaded by egle_k..
Just before the year ended, some packages with supplies that got stuck in the holiday mail arrived. One of them had a sample of CO2 extraction of Magnolia Lily (Magnolia fargesii) - a type of magnolia that smells nothing like white magnolia or champaca. It has none of the fruitiness or sweetn floralcy of either. Rather, it is camphoreous and medicinal and leaves the palette bewildered as for whether it is hot or cold. It reminds me a bit of ginger lily (only woodier and less reminiscent of ginger and roots) and I immediately knew I would have to try it out in my 5th mod of the Amber & Ginger perfume (by the way, this is only the working name for this perfume) - a perfume I started working on last winter when I caught a bad flu and needed something to warm me up. All the more appropriate to add to it an essence that smells like a Chinese Apothecary!

Incidentally, my spring cleaning also revealed some treasures. Literally. I found my lost formula for the 5-spice accord I was hoping to use in some upcoming revolutionary floral (I don't know what would be revolutionary about it but I can feel it). I also found 7 pendants, probably in the same drawer. Which a good thing because otherwise I would have needed to order more!

So, the 5th mod of Ginger & Amber features the abovementioned Magnolia Lily, as well as a hint of Egyptian jasmine grandiflorum absolute (a stellar jasmine if you ask me). I also created a 6th mod, in which there is even more magnolia lily and jasmine, as well as some ginger lily (the root, not the flower). It is still just as juicy and cozy as the 4th mod that I loved, but thanks to the floral heart notes it has less of the hollowness that typifies perfumes based on a top-note & base-note marriage.
Previous posts about Amber & Ginger's development:
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