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This is not just a grin: it’s a green grin... Green grass, green flowers, a green world waking up in the spring. A reviving, fresh scent, composed of the finest flower essences: Bulgarian and Turkish Rose, Indian Jasmine and Tasmanian Boronia, which is reminiscent of freesia. Grin is elegant and refined yet playful and romantic – like stepping into a flower shop, rolling in the grass and sniffing a meadow full of flowers!
Top notes: Galbanum, Violet Leaves, Green Pepper
Heart notes: Boronia, Rose, Jasmine
Base notes: Vetiver, Oud, Oakmoss
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In a Station of the Metro
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
- Ezra Pound
Perfume In A Poem March 2008: 15 perfumers were invited to interpret one poem. Hanami is my contribution to the project.
Top notes: Cabreuva, Frangipani, Mimosa, Rosewood
Heart notes: Pink Lotus, Magnolia, Tuberose, Violet Leaf, Oleander
Base notes: Haitian Vetiver, Tonka Bean, Cassie, Siamwood, Vanilla CO2, Copaiba Balsam, Bakul Attar
Fragrance Families: Wet Woody Floral
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Velvety, deep aromas of aniseed notes with a warm base of woods and iris along with cool, green notes of violet leaf and boronia create an unusual, mysterious perfume of extreme individuality: enigmatic and reflective as the sky after sunset.
Top notes: Anise, Neroli, Tarragon, Caraway
Heart notes: Boronia, Carnation, Orris Butter
Base notes: Amber, Frankincense, Himalaya Cedarwood
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l'Écume des Jours is inspired by the perfect symmetry and profound beauty portrayed in Boris Vian's most praised novel by the same name. Cheerful Pianola top notes of cassis and freesia lead to Chloe’s deadly Lung Water Lilly. The melancholy base of green moss and watery marine seaweed reflects the tragic conclusion of the tale. l'Écume des Jours is a strange perfume of unusual harmony that inspires appreciation for the simple beauty that is found in all things – especially the Jazz of New Orleans...
Top notes: Cassis, Boronia, Green Pepper
Heart notes: Rose, Lotus, Tuberose
Base notes: Seaweed, Cedar moss, Sandalwood
Fragrance Family: Floral Green, Floral Aquatic, Marine/Oceanic
Shortly after the Akko riots (May 2021), I felt a strong urge to re-formulate Aqua Akko, to reflect the complexity of one of my favourite cities, and express my hopes and dreams for its betterment and well-being. Therefore, I have decided to change the concept from a light Aqua Mirabillis concentration and aesthetics into a fully-fledge, conceptual perfume that would reflect both its history, present complexities and a brighter future.
The new Aqua Akko is a scent-scape of one of the oldest cities in the world (founded around 5,000 BC), and its vibrant and diverse history and geography. Akko is a tiny peninsula ("half-island"), with many impressive excavations that are accessible both above and under ground, revealing medieval forts (much earlier periods), Turkish Hammams, and many historic buildings that always reveal more treasures. a historic Phoenician port adjacent to the Na'aman river, which is where the manufacturing of glass was invented - certainly a technology that had a significant impact on civilization, enabling to store and transport delicate liquid and ephemeral substances, including medicine and perfume.
As one enters Akko's ancient and still-very-much-active souk, a mishmash of (not-necessarily agreeable) fragrances permeate the air: The scent of fragrant herbs such as spearmint and dill is quickly overpowered by the briny, metallic odour of freshly caught fish and crustaceans laid to rest on piles of ice, rapidly overshadowed by the thick smoke of olibanum, myrrh and apple-y shisha tobacco that permanently overcast the city's ancient cobblestoned alleys, polished by many feet and fingers of thousands of years of pedestrians of all ages. Add to that the usual Souk aromas of various spices, Baharat, roasted coffee, baklava, sahleb, rosewater-scented malabi and steam from nana-tea, sweat of passersby, stale urine in hidden corners, horse shit from the passing tourist coaches, and the feeling that we're a continuous lively human thread from the time of ancient trade of sugar, glass, incense and spice. What makes Akko's souk unique is certainly the sea breeze and fish on offer, an odd combination which I was determined to compose together in a a way that would be simultaneously intriguing and as harmonious as possible. The result is certainly intriguing and very difficult to categorize!
Top notes: Lemon, Bitter Orange, Grapefruit, Spearmint
Heart notes: Turkish Roses, Neroli, Petitgrain, Jasmine, Saffron, Baharat Spice Accord
Base notes: Frankincense, Myrrh, Ambergris, Fenugreek Absolute, Seaweed, Ambergris
Fragrance Families: Marine-Oceanic, Opulent-Spicy
Summer is exciting time when everything seems to be just bursting with light, abundance and adventure... Many people go away on holidays and travel this time of year, fulfilling a dream of reaching and exploring a sought-after destination, or at least spend a week in a cabin or camping, as if trying out a rural or nomadic lifestyle for a limited time.
And yet again, I find myself staying close to home this summer, struggling to fill in the gaps of many commitments I had to postpone while caring for my sick child, and focus on rebuilding my life after a very trying and tiring year. The notion of packing up and going anywhere for more than a day is enough to drain my energy. And I'm longing for simple replenishing of my energetic supply levels - watching the sunset at the beach, or spending the afternoon in the shady creek, doing absolutely nothing but watching the water flow.
The long days bring a sense of limitless possibilities, yet also there is the knowledge that this will be over soon, and that one must prepare for the season ahead and can't rest on our laurels for too long. Be in jamming, canning or getting logwood into the cabin so we're well stocked for winter, turning the garden over for the next season, etc., summer is a very busy time of the year for most, except for course, for the proverbial cricket in Aesop's fable. And add to that the many family obligations that the holidays from school bring, it's very challenging to balance between all aspects of life.
Here at the perfumery, I'm still adjusting to the pace in a different climate - the eastern parts of the Mediterranean sea are very different than the Pacific Northwest!
The extreme heat slows things down a lot. Not just because moving fast is not recommended in temperatures over 30c, but also because there are some process that are sensitive to heat and humidity levels, such as crafting certain types of incense, and it's a disaster for soap curing. Drying herbs is also impossible, so I stay away from any tea blending and keep those projects for the very dry weather we get in the Autumn.
Additionally, working with highly fragrant materials, as beautiful as they may be, is overwhelming and at times impossible - heat and humidity make everything feel so heavy and unbearable. So I need to time my lab sessions carefully for the very early hours of the morning or late at night.
In time and with experience, I learnt to dedicate the summer to more subtle, quiet and refreshing activities: crafting incense into cones and sticks using materials that actually benefit from the slow drying process of the hot, humid air. The fact that I'm working with wet hands with an earthy and cool paste that resembles clay, and usually while sitting outdoors on my porch enjoying the carob tree's shade and the sea breeze; that the aromas are not so strong (except for the testing and burning phases). Also on the porch, I do some of my other crafts, which are not directly related to perfume, but which I use for some of the more fancy packaging - shibori dyeing (I made my second indigo vat this year), ecoprint and basket weaving. I try to take it slow and while building up the stock for the upcoming Seasonal Subscription Boxes, doing everything slowly, enjoying the process and preparing. All of this will save me a lot of stress later, when I can focus on the content of these boxes, and proceed to craft my perfumes, soaps, candles, teas, and other types of incense.