Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Friday, 23 February 2018
Since the start of the century, he's become associated with the fragrance division of the John Varvatos fashion brand - he has put together all of its scents - and it was in this capacity that he flew into London to discuss his latest piece of work, Artisan Pure. Like all the other entries in the Artisan range, it emphasises the lighter, more citrus-based elements of its construction, so I started my conversation with Flores-Roux by asking how Pure differs from the rest of the collection.
Rodrigo Flores-Roux: This is the fourth chapter of the Artisan story. We worked around the colour white, the texture of cotton, the texture of linen. Sandblasted glass. Glass that had been eroded by the sea and the sand. That kind of thing. And purity. The starting point was precisely an image that I have from my adolescence. We were invited somewhere by a colleague of my Dad. He was part of this very aristocratic family from Veracruz, from the coast of the Gulf Of Mexico. And that area is a very important part of coffee cultivation. We went to their hacienda, which is a coffee plantation. A very elegant, old, beautiful place. And I have a dear memory from there. The room that I was staying in with my brother overlooked a little courtyard which had potted citrus trees. Outside were the groves of coffee trees. The flower of the coffee tree is extremely fragrant. And the fields were in full bloom. So it was just like a cascade of perfume coming into the bedroom. From one side, the scent of the citrus trees, and then this very perfumed atmosphere of the coffee tree blossom.
Monday, 19 February 2018
It's mini time again: another round-up of my reviews from Twitter and Instagram. To read the others in the series, please click here.
La Petite Robe Noire Black Perfecto from Guerlain (Thierry Wasser; 2017)*
Another well-written chapter in the little black dress story, this time topping the rosy cherry with a hint of dry, bitter leather.
Olim from Trudon (Lyn Harris; 2017)*
Before fougères became rough and uncouth, they smelt a little bit like this. Delicate anisic spices and lavender. Almost creamy benzoin and myrrh base. The power of lowering one’s voice.
Mortel from Trudon (Yann Vasnier: 2017)*
Incense has the ability to be the most enveloping, the most meditative of perfumery notes. But sometimes it can be rendered chilly and reedy. Mortel falls into latter camp. Strange, geranium-like brightness doesn’t help.
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
The 12th episode of Love At First Scent was broadcast on Facebook Live on Sunday and you can now catch it on YouTube. As always, you can watch it above or by clicking here. In this edition I covered
Feather Supreme from Jusbox (at the start of the video)
Russian Tea from Masque Milano (at the 25:00 minute mark)
The Tycoon from St Giles (at the 54:00 minute mark)
and my classic choice was
There were also brief mentions of:
Declaration parfum from Cartier
The Writer from St Giles
The Actress from St Giles
The original video is still on Facebook. Click here to watch it.
Friday, 9 February 2018
[Review based on a samole of eau de parfum obtained by the author in 2017.]
PS Please don't forget that the next episode of Love At First Scent will be broadcast this Sunday; more details at this link.
Wednesday, 7 February 2018
Here's a brief announcement that the next episode of my Facebook Live series, Love At First Scent, will be broadcast on Sunday 11th February at 3:00 pm UK time (10:00 am New York time). To watch it, please click on this link to the Persolaise Perfumes Facebook page.
I haven't yet decided what I might sniff in this particular instalment, but there are quite a few goodies I could choose, including new releases from Gallivant, Sammarco and St Giles (a brand that's just about to launch at Selfridges) as well as a new flanker to a bestselling modern classic (see the picture above for a clue).
I hope you'll be able to tune in.