Hi there Posse. Recently I introduced you all to a new business called American Perfumer. The name says it all. Independent Artisan American Perfumers being put on display so you can find a large selection of them in one spot. Genius! From that initial post I was inspired to meet some of the people behind the American Perfumer Perfumes that are for sale at American Perfumer. This is the very last in the series, I have a few fragrances here that Dave Kern sent me that I never got around to interviewing the perfumers. It feels like a perfect way to wind up the series. Also included is a reference list of all the American Perfumer Interviews so you can refer back to them and reread your favourites.
Thanks go to Dave Kern, he has been unstinting in his support of his perfumers and so helpful as a resource for my writing. It’s been a joy and one day I hope to come to the store. For those of you in the USA you can drop in and tell us how you loved it. You can also hit the link and shop over the internet while in your pyjamas with a wine and some munchies (my personal favourite way to shop).
211 Clover Lane
Louisville, KY 40207 USA
Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 to 3:00 (and by appointment)
American Perfumer Perfumes
Bird of Paradise by Jennifer Botto for Thorn & Bloom
The strelitzia is a fragrance less flower, we had a large bush of these spectacular;ar blooms in our front yard growing up and the house was often decorated with them. I always felt that they had been cheated. Something this flamboyant should have a scent. Bird of Paradise captures the lavish and expansive exuberance they I always wished poor strelitzia had. Spice, floral and woodsy resins combine to create a lovely smooth fragrance that fits the bill perfectly.
Blood and Honey by Claire Baxter for Sixteen92
Honey and honeysuckle make for an interesting bronzed patina over roses that is so luxurious. The amber adds depth and warmth but the whole fragrance is infinitely more than the sum of its parts. Middle east meets west transcendently.
No. 19 Warm Carrot by Dannielle Sergent for Cognoscenti
Warm Carrot has me smiling from the opening notes. Reminiscent of some of the cooler irises and startlingly different. The lavender and yang playing counterpoint right on the edge of dissonance. My nose and brain are buzzing with the joy of discovery and I cannot help but keep sniffing my arm. Later it becomes much more resinous and a little smoky but it is the first 20 minutes that I find beguiling.
Qajar Rose by Maggie Mahboubian for Parfums Lalun
Sharp green rose and berries open, floating effortlessly over some dark richness that turns out to be patchouli. Not the modern department store version or the old school headshot variety of patchouli. This smells altogether different yet linked. I think the oudh and ambergris have tempered the heft go patchouli beautifully and given it a new direction. Of my five top picks from the fragrances here this is the one I would MOST like a full bottle of. WOW!
Underworld by Liz Zorn for Soivohle
Spicy, honeyed, resinous rose in a bed of dried greenery. Sweetens out with an interesting amber/woods base. The smell of spices, weed, momos and carpets wafting through the markets of McLeodgang after the rain. This is such a memory scent for me, It’s 2000 and my then partner Varun and I have been travelling India for about 5 weeks. I’m heartily culture shocked and homesick by now and suddenly we arrive at the home of the Dalai Lama in the Himalayan foothills and a small town surrounding the monastery. A perfect, peaceful, multicultural couple of days that healed my tortured self.
American Perfumer Interview Reference List
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies