Austin Young Accident by Brent Leonesio

accident_250x300You all know by not that I think smell bent’s Brent Leonesio is one of the most talented people out there. He’s now teamed up with the Institute of Art & Olfaction to create a perfume for the artist Austin Young, entitled “Accident”.
From their site: The Institute for Art and Olfaction teamed up with artist and provocateur Austin Young for a very transformative collaboration, unleashing the olfactory prowess of Los Angeles based perfumerBrent Leonesio to create a new edition of perfume: ‘Accident’.The project was in support of Austin Young’s crowd-sourced participatory art experience and musical:‘TBD’. ‘Accident’ premiered at the  ‘TBD’ Slumber Party and Final Workshop on Friday August 9, 2013.
They go on to list notes of “gasoline vapor, safety glass, smoking tires, face powder and a mechanic”
Quoting Brent: “the lingering whiff of gasoline on your fingertips that you can’t stop sniffing; the familiar and the strange; the contrast elucidated when exotic floral extracts hold hands with other-worldly aroma chemicalsAccident is a collision of ideas, a harmonic discord.”
Well, that about says it. This in a way reminds me of Andy Tauer’s one off “Hyacinth and a Mechanic” in the slightly odd oiliness to it and a soupçon of the gasoline effect from Lutens’ Tubereuse Criminelle. I also get a fair hint of leather and citrus. It’s an interesting scent that unfortunately is an extremely limited edition- only 100 bottles (hand blown) will be produced. I’d be interested to see this in an oil concentrate joining his line at some point, but I can’t say of there’s a possibility of that actually happening.
There is also rather riotous YouTube video commercial for the scent featuring one of my favorite comediennes, the lovely Deven Green. I am embedding the commercial (at least I hope I am.. ) so you can have a nice chuckle in your AM (WARNING- slightly NSFW {language and suggestive content})
$150 for a 40ML bottle. The Institute sent me my review sample. Photo credit: Institute website
Musette November 9, 2013

Brent is phenomenal! I love his approach to perfumery. Alas, I think I'll have to side with Tiara on this. We own a machine shop. My guys already smell like this - a LOT! I much prefer meeting with them, post-shower. Alas, that is not always possible :-( It's an honest smell, resulting from hard, honest work.... but that doesn't mean I have to like it! LOL! xoxoxoA

Tiara November 9, 2013

I'm going to start calling my son "Accident" because that's how already smells (minus face powder but that could be remedied). He's a mechanic and I must say that scent is not my thing. Love him dearly but enjoy him oh-so-much-more after he showers. Thankfully you've posted about something I can skip for a change. Gotta agree with the vid--no one SHOULD expect you to smell this way! :-)

australianperfumejunkies November 9, 2013

Hey Tom, Thank you for reminding me of this. I need to follow Brent up, I thought I'd ordered it. I totally agree that Brent is a frag genius, and a spunk. Thank you for introducing me to him while I was in LA. He was sweet. Portia xx

Ann November 8, 2013

Very cool, Tom! This collaboration sounds quite interesting. And that list of notes -- well, it's certainly no wallflower! Would love to try it one day.