THE FRAGRANCE COMMUNE - THE SPRING EDITION
In the past few weeks, I’ve awoken from a winter hibernation and decided the world, while wild and unpredictable, is a wonder to be explored. Simultaneously, work and life is C-R-A-Y and I can’t begin to wrap my head around picking a destination and planning an itinerary. There are so many places to see and people to meet - it’s overwhelming. All of this to say, wanderlust is on the brain and fragrance can take you to new places or remind you of places you’ve been. Here’s to a Spring magical mystery fragrance tour.
THE FRAGRANCE COMMUNE - SPRING 2019 EDITION:
TOP NOTE: PINK PEPPER, TURKISH ROSE PETALS
MIDDLE NOTE: RASPBERRY BLOSSOM, TURKISH ROSE ABSOLUTE
BASE NOTE: PAPYRUS, WHITE AMBER
Our past is our future, with history repeating itself for all to experience. One rail pass and backpack later, my camera in hand, I ready myself for a summer spent chasing (one version of) history and my ancestors across Europe in a bid to figure out who I was, am and will be. I sneak photographs of old ladies gathered in the neighborhood alleyways speaking in a staccato tongue and idealistic romantics sharing a kiss between gazes at masterful paintings as I order a glass of red wine and watch these scenes play out before me. At least that’s what I envision when I smell Byredo’s Rose of No Man’s Land. Moved by this scentsorial tribute to the nurses who served on the front lines of WWI, often called “Rose of No-Man’s Land, the rose-forward scent is grounded by a foundation of clean papyrus and musky white amber.
TOP NOTE: MANDARIN LEAVES, WILD FREESIA GREENS AND HYACINTH FLORETS.
MIDDLE NOTE: MUGUET FLOWER STALK, ROSE CENTIFOLIA STEMS AND JASMINE BUDS.
BASE NOTE: WHITE CEDAR, VETIVER, AMBROX SUPER AND MUSK MOLECULES.
I’ve got flowers and gardens on the brain. My social feeds are flooded with florals: the Super Bloom in Death Valley, cherry blossoms in Kyoto, The Valley of Roses in Morocco, the pink bougainvillea wrapping its way around every surface in Amalfi. But, flowers also brings me back to simpler things like spending a spring weekend planting our own garden, the wafting scent of a neighbor’s lilac bush crossing property lines, the scent of fresh cut grass on a Saturday morning. These places and memories are bottled up in (MALIN+GOETZ) stem eau de parfum: the green freshness of stems and leaves, the pungent dewiness of soil, the perfume of bright blooms unfold throughout the day.
TOP NOTE: RADIANT WOOD, COPPER, CEDAR
MIDDLE NOTE: SANDALWOOD, RADIANT IRIS, BORONIA
BASE NOTE: BALSAM FIR ABSOLUTE, COCONUT MUSC, AMBERGRIS
It may be a bit “on the nose” (pun intended) to dream of India when talking about DS & Durga’s Radio Bombay but the romantic description of this oriental woody scent, “Transistor radio hewn of sandalwood radiates ragas in the Bandra heat. Hot copper tubes warm the soft wood…” teleported me directly to the densely populated coastal city of Mumbai. The heat of the warm sandalwood and brightness of the boronia floral are cut with a crackly copper note. The balsam fir and coconut musk provide an earthiness that is grounded firmly in the scents, sounds and energy of this faraway land.