perfumes to pair with a pencil skirt

Yosh, winner of the gold medal at the SF Artisan Fragrance salon, and Ineke are celebrating two new fragrances for the fall season.

Check out the fatal beauty of Yosh’s smoky herbal Sombra Negra, available at Barneys.
Ineke’s letter H in her perfume alphabet series, Hothouse Flower, is an elegant take on gardenia.

olfactive geography

Calgon take me away!… Scholars Paul RodawayTracey Lauriault, and Marc Brosseau have been busy exploring connections between literature, geography, and olfaction. Their work provides academic theory to similar projects by scent artist Sissel Tolaas, as well as perfumes designed to transport people to various destinations, for example, Byredo, Le LaboMiller et Bertaux, Scent of Departure, Bond N° or time travel via Histoire de Parfums.

scent accessories for the modern lad and lass

You can now enjoy a new take on the old classic: solid perfume in pencil form. We wish they could also write in scented ink. Available for around $10 at Anthropologie. Is there an eraser available if the scent is unappealing?

Le Métier de Beauté, NYC craft maquilleur, has gone where no cufflink has ever gone before. They have designed three types of scent-embedded cufflinks. The fragrance names are more abstract than the concept though. Who could choose from “bold,” “classic,” and “modern,” without actually smelling them? At a cool $3,500, we’d like to give them a test drive before committing. Smells like something every dandy nowadays must have.

South African strip club Mavericks knows their clients’ needs intimately. The club is selling three fragrances as part of a line called “Alibis” which are designed to mask that incomparable lap-dance and booze accord that makes girlfriends and wives so angry. The fragrances are only available for sale at the club itself. SNL did an ad parody in the 90s about a shoe treatment that gives shoes business trip realness. The salt-like powder was the husband’s alibi, covering up his tropical beach getaway with his mistress by pretending to be on a Chicago winter business trip. Life imitates art.

scent events from LA to NYC

SF perfumer INeKE will be exhibiting at the Elements Showcase 500 W 36th St 9a-7p (entrance on 463 10th Ave) TODAY AND TOMORROW!

Yosh Han will be part of the next installment of Scent Bar Afternoon with Perfumers in LA.

Scent Bar Afternoon With Perfumers is a recurring series designed to create a casual setting for perfumers and fragrance lovers to mingle, sniff new things and celebrate the art of perfumery. Based in San Francisco, Yosh Han hand-crafts and blends multifaceted scents, using the finest ingredients available. She finds inspiration in numerology and the study of Chakra energies, creating distinctive scents with the power to set moods and capture passing fancies.

Please join us for a glass of bubbly with Miss Han and discover Sombre Negra, a fragrance exploring the obscure subconscious.

Saturday 11 February, 4-6 pm

8327 Beverly Blvd
(between Flores and Sweetzer)
Los Angeles, 90048

perfume news

In San Francisco, since your food is organic and/or locally sourced, so should be your perfume. Check out the Huffington Post’s list of SF local artisanal perfumes. They did miss two of my favorite Bay Area perfumers, Parfums DelRae and Laurie Stern’s Velvet and Sweet Pea.

SF perfumer Ineke has just released a brand new collection for Anthropologie, Floral Curiosities, inspired by Ineke’s fieldwork in her own garden. My favorite is Poet’s Jasmine.

Two relative new additions that are lovely: the Different Company’s sophisticated arsenal, Bachmakoff le parfum and Comme des Garçons and Hussein Chalayan’s cocreation Airborne, a kind of perfume autobiography for Chalayan.