Spring 2020 – Looking Ahead

I'm constantly thumbing through my notebook of "sketches" for future fragrances. Constantly trying to decide which ideas get priority for the coming year. This past April I had planned to release Ishtar, but just before I jumped into the formulation phase I pulled back and it never left its prototype status.  Originally Ishtar was an [...]

Chypre-Siam is Here to Stay! Plus, a 40 Love Update

Success! My heliotropin hangup has been sorted! Chypre-Siam shall now remain in constant production. The last batch sold out almost instantly before the lull. April was a long and frustrating month, trying to go through hoops and bounds, sourcing the needed material. With the new batches will also come higher quality materials. The vanilla and [...]

Fougere L’Aube now available!

Golden dewdrops sparkle upon lush green ferns. Fougere L'Aube is cool and fresh, like the brisk air that surrounds the glow of the morning sun. Notes include: Lavender, Green Citrus, Galbanum, Geranium, Hay, Moroccan Rose, Amber, Camphor, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Musk and Costus About: I built the initial base structure of Fougere L'Aube as a classic [...]

Fougere L’Aube Update

Yesterday I uncapped the resting formula for Fougere L'Aube to evaluate its progress and was pleasantly surprised. The modern embellishments only occupy around 5% of the formula but the difference is a world apart! My original concept for Fougere L'Aube was to create a simple old-school fougere, using historically correct ingredients and then tweak it [...]

A Warm Fougere for a Cool Spring

Available soon: Fougere L'Aube Golden dewdrops sparkle upon lush green ferns. Fougere L'Aube is fresh with the warm glow of the morning sun. Very vintage and classic in style, it will appeal to the old soul in us all. Notes include: Lavender, Mandarin, Galbanum, Geranium, Hay, Camphor, Moroccan Rose, Amber, Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Musk and Costus. [...]

Resurrecting the Past

Can this old gem be brought back to life? Back in December I was conversing via email with a fellow Basenoter who is very fond of vintage fragrances. It turns out that he possesses a rare bottle of Jean Desprez's 40 Love and this generous Basenoter even mailed me a decant! 40 Love, released in [...]

…aaand touchdown!

The new batches of Mouse Illuminee and Chypre-Siam are now being bottled and will be available for purchase. Late last autumn, when the original batches reached their halfway point, I immediately set out to begin formulating new ones. Then arrived the hurdles! I already had most of the aroma chemicals and organic materials on hand, [...]