Friday, 26 April 2019

"Now Everybody Is An Artist" - An Audience With Frederic Malle + Next Episode Of Love At First Scent On Sunday 28 April 2019



A few months ago, Frederic Malle popped into London to be interviewed by The Guardian’s Sally Hughes about his work in the perfume industry. Sadly, at no point in the conversation were any questions asked about the consequences of his decision to sell his company to Estée Lauder, but this may have had less to do with any attempts to brush the matter under the scented carpet than it did with the fact that most people probably couldn’t care less about brand ownership and acquisition. That quibble aside, the man was as interesting as ever to listen to, not least because he was in characteristically unrestrained mode when discussing the work of others, as you’ll see below.

Are your childhood and history relevant to what you do now?

Frederic Malle: My mother worked in the business. She was an art director for Dior. Her father had created the company and had worked with Coty, who had actually invented this industry. [Growing up] I heard a lot about Dior, I heard a lot about my mother’s job. But I was always taught, since I was very, very young, that things smelt of something. So my attention as a toddler was drawn towards smell, which I don’t think happens with most people. When I discovered girls, when I was fifteen, I also realised that I was more attracted to the good smelling ones. And I remember there was a fragrance called Halston Z14 which I absolutely fell in love with, and wherever I wore it - it was not sold in France, so I only had so much - it was like a magic potion. So I understood the power of perfume. And that’s what led me to being here today.


Thursday, 18 April 2019

Easter Wishes 2019 And The Remainder Of Love At First Scent Episode 30 On YouTube - featuring Amouage, Bulgari & Serge Lutens


Wherever you may be in the world, if you're about to celebrate Easter, I wish you peace, laughter and guiltlessly decadent feasting. And even if you don't celebrate Easter, feel free to help yourselves to those wishes too.

A few days ago, I brought my 'mini-season' of Episode 30 of Love At First Scent to a close on YouTube, so I'll paste links to the various scenes below. I hope you enjoy watching them. While it would be impossible for me to keep posting new videos every day, I have found the experience instructive, not least because it reminded me how inspiring, passionate and knowledgeable all of YOU - my readers, viewers etc - are. Thanks very much indeed for your constant support and encouragement. I really appreciate it.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Persolaise Love At First Scent Episode 30, Scenes 1 & 2 On YouTube - featuring Perfumer H and Experimentum Crucis from Etat Libre D'Orange


It's all about videos at the moment! To mark the fact that we've reached the 30th episode of Love At First Scent, I'm currently broadcasting a mini-season of brief, daily videos over on YouTube Live (technology permitting) which will continue until at least Sunday. In Scene 1 (click here or see below) I looked at the new Dust and Suede from Lyn Harris' Perfumer H and in Scene 2 (click here or see above) I took my first sniff of the new Experimentum Crucis by Quentin Bisch for Etat Libre D'Orange. Today's instalment - scheduled to stream at midday UK time - will focus on Armani Privé.

I hope you enjoy them all.

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Friday, 5 April 2019

Persolaise Review: Un Jardin Sur La Lagune from Hermès (Christine Nagel; 2019) and 1957 from Chanel (Olivier Polge; 2019)


One of the main drawbacks of my Love At First Scent videos is hinted at in their name: they’re all about first impression. I often try to point out during the broadcasts that all perfumes must be allowed to take us on the entirety of their journey at least once before we make firm judgements about them. But of course, the very nature of modern perfumery means that a scent’s initial personality tends to remain largely unchanged during the course of its development: what you get at the start is usually a strong indicator of what you’re left with at the end. However, there are several contemporary fragrances that alter with the passage of time, revealing unexpected facets as they go along, in the manner of compositions from yesteryear. And two recent examples happened to be featured in the same Love At First Scent video: Chanel’s new Exclusif, 1957, and Christine Nagel’s first foray into Hermès’ ‘garden’ series, Un Jardin Sur La Lagune.

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