We are so, so delighted to be able to welcome you back for a wonderful, celebratory ‘in real life’ shopping event at JOVOY’s flagship Mayfair store.
Date: 18th November 2021
Ticket price: £25 (redeemable against purchase)
When it comes to choosing perfume – for ourselves or as a gift – there is nothing like spritzing and sniffing in person. JOVOY Mayfair is the perfect place for this: a stunning, spacious store showcasing many of the most exciting fragrance names around, from Fragrance du Bois through to BDK Parfums, Eight & Bob to Clive Christian, Ella K to Jovoy’s own divine creations. (Everything crossed – as per usual, in these times – we’re HOPING to have founders of some of those brands present on the night.)
But oh, do we have some treats in store at this special evening…
• A gorgeous goodie bag to take home to include an 80g Jovoy candle and Sarah Colton’s book Bad Girls Perfume: Tips and Tales
• Exclusive gifts with purchase from some of the fragrance names
• Be first to smell JUST-LAUNCHED fragrances from Jovoy and Jeroboam
• Experience the exciting immersive fragrance exhibition, ‘The Perfumus Affair’, now installed at Jovoy
In order to keep the experience intimate and safe, we will be limiting numbers to just 40 over the evening – so be sure to book your space FAST as we know this event will be super-popular.
NB We are asking guests to take a lateral flow test not more than 24 hours before the event, as indication of negative COVID status. Please upload the results to the NHS website or app.
Just click below to book via Eventbrite – orclick here
Live events are BACK! We couldn’t be more pleased – and WHAT a way to kick off autumn’s diary, with an exclusive event to mark the 60th anniversary of Diptyque, who have taken up residence in the most stylish way in the Selfridges Oxford Street Corner Shop – currently London’s ‘hottest’ pop-up space.
Date: 29th September 2021 Time: 6.30-8pm Place: Selfridges London
Want to book IMMEDIATELY? Click below…
Meanwhile, here’s the gen. You are invited to join us at Aubaine restaurant (on 2nd Floor) for a Q+A session with The Perfume Society and Diptyque’s fragrance experts, who will take you on a scented journey during which you’ll hear all about the fabled history of this much-loved fragrance and candle house, which was founded by a super-creative trio back in 1961 and is therefore celebrating its 60th anniversary, in 2021.
As you listen to the conversation and enjoy drinks and canapés, learning about Diptyque’s scented inspirations, you’ll be guided through iconic fragrances, while smelling creations including Kyoto, from the new Le Grand Tour collection, an incredible fusion of rose, incense and spices, which we tip to become a classic.
Then you’ll have access to the amazing Le Grand Tour pop-up exhibition, which showcases five innovations created especially for the anniversary, offering ‘a window on elsewhere’.
In addition to being whisked to Kyoto, travel to Venise via a cool, green addition to Diptyque‘s fragrance portfolio, with notes of tomato leaf and vetiver. You will also encounter the fig-and-cypress-infused Miies scented oval (for scenting wardrobes and interiors), and the ceramic Byblos scented candle – we’re bewitched by the blend of roasted coffee, cedar and cardamom. Last but absolutely not least, we have Paris – another sublime candle creation, evoking the image of Paris’s antiquarian booksellers via scents of waxed wood, and the mineral notes of Parisian cobbles.
We won’t spoil the surprise, but you’ll be walking away with a FAB Diptyque limited edition shopper, with fragrant treats inside – and your £25 booking fee is redeemable against purchase. We think you’ll be spoiled for choice…!
Hoping to see you there – smiling, sharing and sniffing fabulous fragrances. Just like the good old days…
For more info and to book via the Selfridges Eventbrite page, click below…
The Perfume Society could not be more overjoyed to be hosting our first event in almost 18 months – and we could NOT be more thrilled that our first event whisks you – albeit virtually – to Grasse, where CHANEL grow the precious ingredients for the iconic No5.
No5 is celebrating its 100th birthday throughout 2021, beginning with an amazing immersive experience in Selfridges Oxford Street – and you’re invited!!!
The Perfume Society’s Co-Founder Jo Fairley will be in conversation with Danielle Ing, CHANEL National Fragrance Manager, as they follow the journey from the field to flacon, from the rose and jasmine fields in the South of France to the creation of the scent itself.
There are over 1,000 flowers in one bottle of CHANEL No5. Jo has visited both the jasmine and rose harvests and will share her insights into the artisan production of the and the techniques which make the fragrance so special.
You will then be invited to visit the incredible pop-up CHANEL FACTORY in the Selfridges Corner Shop, where you can explore the stunning, futuristic CHANEL FACTORY 5 collection, discovering 17 limited edition products from CHANEL No5 and CHANEL No5 L’EAU.
It’s a glimpse into CHANEL’s incredible heritage – and also a fascinating insight into its future, and the next 100 years…
Tickets are priced £25, redeemable against purchase on the night, and there are three sessions. Each session is super-exclusive with just 24 guests, to allow for distancing in the Corner Restaurant on Second Floor (NB you need to attend in a group of at least two). You’ll be offered drinks and canapés, too…
4.30 – 5.30pm (before heading down to visit the pop-up)
6-7pm (then pop-up)
Click below for the Eventbrite page to book your place! And we are just longing to see you there…
Join our first Perfume Society DIGITAL EVENT with renowned perfumer Geza Schoen, in conversation with Jo Fairley, Co-Founder of The Perfume Society.
We will be celebrating the hotly anticipated THREE NEW M+ FRAGRANCES from Escentric Molecules, each one based on the global bestseller Molecule 01, but each with their own twist of Iris, Mandarin and Patchouli.
The idea is that you can SNIFF THE M+ RANGE LIVE WITH GEZA and Jo: when you purchase your ticket, we will send you the M+ Discovery Set, worth £20 and included in your £20 ticket price. You will then also receive a Zoom link, for the night.
You can also send in your questions ahead of the event and hear them answered live by Geza! It’s going to be a fabulously fragrant evening and we can’t wait for you to join us!
As Geza Schoen says: ‘Molecule 01 is an exceptional molecule: radiant, velvety, cocooning. It’s mysteriously effective on its own as Molecule 01, But I started to wonder if there might be another way to play with it. What if I could take the molecule and add just one other beautiful ingredient and see how they danced together in the bottle?’
When: Thursday 25th March, 7pm – 7.45pm UK time.
Where: Zoom, sign up via Eventbrite (link below) and you will be sent the Zoom link.
What’s included: The NEW M+ Discovery Set (sent two days prior to the event) and live smelling session with Geza & Jo. You can also send in your questions ahead of the event by submitting them below, or by emailing them to [email protected], and hear them answered live by Geza!
Tickets: £20 this includes the M+ Discovery Set (worth £20) with 3 x 2ml eau de parfums
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT
Tickets are limited so make sure to grab your spot!
During the event we will delve into the creation of three NEW fragrances which launch 23rd March 2021:
Molecule 01 + Iris Geza says: I have had a long-standing love affair with iris. Every Escentric fragrance has an iris note somewhere in there. To me, iris is luxury. The iris pallida absolue I’ve used here is one of the most expensive ingredients in perfumery. You can find iris extracts for way less than that. But they do not have the great and subtle beauty of this absolue. It’s radical to put this much in a fragrance. The sillage is fantastic. This is a bomb, but a subtle bomb.
Molecule 01 + Mandarin Geza says: ‘Mandarin is all about the instant hit. It’s so alive, the way it radiates off the skin with that citrus zestiness. But there’s more to mandarin, it’s very fruity and aromatic as well. It’s a beautiful ingredient. Its transparency means that it vanishes quickly. I’ve touched it up with a little extra shading to extend it, adding a mandarin ingredient used in flavourings to give it super-juiciness. Then as it begins to fade, Molecule 01 syncs in, bringing a warm, erogenous feeling to play with that zinging freshness. That’s unusual – for a topnote ingredient like Mandarin and a base note like Iso E Super to dance together naked like this, without other notes coming between them. And then the mandarin is almost gone and you are left with the elevated simplicity of Molecule 01.’
Molecule 01 + Patchoul Geza says: ‘Patchouli is a unique natural. Unlike 99% of perfume ingredients, we associate it with a particular period, with the sixties and seventies and that bohemian spirit. It has a cool, rather aloof woodiness to it. I love it for its moody beauty. I’ve used two qualities of patchouli here. The biggest chunk is Patchouli Coeur which is a very clean, soft patchouli oil fraction with the camphor-like top note removed. I have also included a patchouli oil from Indonesia to round it out with a little bit of a top note. The result is a sophisticated, clean patchouli that pairs fantastically well with Molecule 01.’
Parterre have lovingly offered our readers an EXCLUSIVE 25% off discount for Valentine’s Day, and we are of course smitten…
You may have got your hands on one of the adorable 10ml Parterre Perfume Baubles at Christmas, well now is your chance to get the real thing! Get 25% off any 50ml & 100ml bottle of your favourite Parterre fragrance. To take advantage of this offer visit parterrefragrances.com – and enter the code valentine25 when prompted at the checkout.
The HOUR of DUSK & GOLD
Persian wild carrot seed and angelica root are embellished with orris, nutmeg, lavender, and bay. Dusky accents of liquidambar linger on the skin, as soft as silk.
A TRIBUTE to EDITH
A rich, sensuous rose. Reminiscent of Paris in the jazz era, this is a sultry and compelling fragrance with geranium for a modern accent.
RUN of the RIVER
A splash of refreshing lemon and lime mingles with aromatic elements of bergamot mint and lemon thyme layered on clary sage and orange flower.
ROOT of all GOODNESS
Warm and enveloping with an aromatic heart and a touch of citrus and spicy ginger, this perfume is a celebration of Parterre’s English grown vetiver.
With the cold weather (and all of us in desperate need of a treat), the code will be valid for TEN DAYS (expiring on 23rd February 2021). So what better time to explore these exquisite scents.
Why we love Parterre: When David and Julia Bridger decided to combine the ruling passions of their lives – art, gardens, travel and perfume – and gather a team of experts (literally) in their field, they set in motion a series of events that is poised to change the face of British fragrance forever. And put Parterre on the map.
David’s family had been in farming for almost 400 years, so horticulture runs in his veins – even though most of his career had been spent in marketing. Julia, meanwhile, had wide experience in advertising, going on to run a luxury villa travel company. Together, the pair (at that point based in Hampshire) began looking around for a farm of their own to buy, before stumbling across the ‘sleeping beauty’ of Keyneston Mill. It had fields – 50 acres of them. A run-down mill house and some crumbling outbuildings. An overgrown orchard. But lots and lots of potential not only to fulfill their dream of actually growing and distilling perfume ingredients right there, in the Dorset countryside – but to show visitors how it’s done, as they’d so enjoyed in Grasse.
Embracing the concept of ‘from seed to bottle’, with Parterre, the Bridgers not only set out to to grow, harvest and distil many of their own ingredients – but they also had a longing to try growing crops that had never before been grown on British soil. Even including – astonishingly – vetiver. For Julia and David, this is about ‘reinventing perfumery by taking it back to its roots.’ Parterre‘s motto: ‘Where creative botany meets artistry and the wild spirit of adventure.’
The planting now expands into surrounding fields, with crop-scale ingredients producing incredible quality yields, which are then hand-blended by Jacques Chabert – one of the world’s leading perfumers, who works in Grasse alongside his daughter, Elsa Chabert, while his elder and equally talented perfumer daughter, Carla Chabert, runs their Paris laboratory. Meanwhile, Parterre’s creative team is headed up by Virginie Daniau, President of the British Society of Perfumers (BSP), who first introduced Jacques to Keynestone Mill’s owners.
This adventure in botany has taken over four years – but the vision has now become reality. Over 2,000 aromatic plants and flowers are now being grown just 20 minutes from Poole – including rose geranium (more of which anon), melissa, hyssop, chamomile, angelica, artemisia, clary sage, yarrow, bergamot mint and red thyme. Many of them have made it into the limited edition, numbered flacons of Parterre fragrance now on sale at spiffy Piccadilly department store Fortnum & Mason, as well as via their own website.
‘Our mission is to grow the most unusual plants we can source,’ explains Julia. ‘Each plant is then trialled, harvested and distilled on site – and this process captures the very essence of each aromatic variety.’
For Julia and David, this is about ‘reinventing perfumery by taking it back to its roots.’ Parterre‘s motto: ‘Where creative botany meets artistry and the wild spirit of adventure.’
Take a raw ingredient pioneer, one of the world’s most famous supermodels and a perfumer-provocateur, and what do you get? strangelove has reached cult status for its utterly addictive, opulent scents…
A passionate trio of people make up the niche house of strangelove: founder and expert in natural materials, Elizabeth Gaynes; photographer, iconic supermodel and creative director Helena Christensen; and the maverick perfumer genius Christophe Laudamiel. Together, they create beguiling fragrances to ‘…provoke passion amongst all who experience them.’ And oh, we assure you, those passions will most certainly be aroused when you get to experience each perfume for yourself.
So try all the fragrances NOW! As strangelove, are offering all Perfume Society readers 20% off their 15ml fragrances, pendants, and oil collection sets – giving you the opportunity to try their glorious scents at a fraction of the price!
Celebrate in style this year and count down to the joyful Christmas day with the MOLTON BROWN sensational luxury advent calendar!
Christmas truly will come early this year if you’re the lucky winner of this fragrantly fabulous ultra luxury Molton Brown Advent Calendar. Filled to the brim with Deco-styled scented surprises – normal price £175, but worth £259 no less! – there are swoon-worthy treats for every day, as we count down to the big one…
Among them: the new Limited EditionJuniper Jazz eau de toilette – a must-sniff for gin lovers, its mint-frosted juniper berries sparkling with a metallic gleam over a heart of orris, warm guaiac wood and a silky sandalwood, patchouli and whisper-soft musk base.
Perhaps it’ll be the mysteriously allure of Geranium Nefertum that captures your heart? Luscious fig leaf accord fizzes with the cool freshness of bergamot and the fruity/woody delights of geranium extract and radiant jasmine. By the time the base of smooth sandalwood, labdanum, cedarwood and osmanthus unfurls, you’ll be enraptured.
And you can’t overlook their iconic Black Pepper fragrance of course! It’s a modern must-have – gender free and so ahead of their time (as always). Spicy, warm, and sure to set your cockles tingling, the addictive mix of cardamom, bergamot, coriander and lavandin melt into the generous warmth of black pepper, pink pepper, amber and cedarwood to revive your spirits. Finally, the cedarwood, oakmoss, leather and vetiver base are a balm for the very soul.
The stunning scents are to be found amidst a fragrant flurry of candles, body and bath oils and pampering treats, and every single day will be something to celebrate this December. A perfect calendar to ‘share’ (or at least pretend to) with a partner, we feel… but ONE lucky winner will receive this fabulous advent calendar WORTH £175!
For your chance to win, simply enter below… Good luck!
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* This prize draw runs from 9am on 14th November 2020 to midnight on 23rd November 2020. A winner will be chosen and contacted on 24th November 2020. This competition is open internationally; please allow up to 10 days for delivery from the UK.
We’re thrilled that Maïa Lernout, French Senior Perfumer at Takasago, joined us recently for our Instagram Live series – and you can watch the interview with Jo Fairley, below. (It’s on our YouTube channel with the other insightful perfumer interviews, with names like Geza Schoen, Sonia Constant and more).
Maïa has created for many designer names including Elie Saab, Burberry and Kenzo – but her latest, sun-filled creation is the absolutely stunning Molton Brown Flora Luminare (Maïa is part of Molton Brown‘s Perfume Collective) – and we talked solar scents, sustainable ingredients and how she’s been creating during lockdown…
The Perfume Society’s Victoria Evans goes behind the scenes at the (fragrance) museum…
We’ve all walked past a LUSH – it’s hard to ignore the fragranced fizzing of exploding bath bombs and perfumed wafts of delectable soaps. (Just don’t lick them, though – they don’t taste as delicious as they smell, we are embarrassed to report!) But whether you rush in or stroll on by, you’ll be interested to know that fragrance has always been at the heart – and is the continuing focus – of this now-global bath and skincare brand. So when The Perfume Society was invited to LUSH’s first stand-alone Perfume Library, a concept boutique in Florence – the birthplace of modern perfumery, no less – we jumped at the chance to investigate. Note: LUSH formerly offered their scent creations under the brand Gorilla Perfumes – but now all scents are under this The Perfume Library umbrella.)
On entering this temple to perfume on the Via dei Calzaiuoli, in the heart of this ancient city, deep fragrance notes drift towards you while bird song fills the air, in a room filled with impressive stacks of books dedicated to the alchemy of fragrance. (Think Neil Chapman, Roja Dove and reference books covering the Renaissance fascination with scent). It is, in essence, a cosy and intimate space decorated with dark woods, healthy emerald green plants and with cushioned cubbyholes you can sink into, whilst exploring LUSH‘s scents and brushing up on your fragrance knowledge.
You can then slip through a clear dividing curtain into the ‘LUSH Lab’, to explore a conveyor belt of their best-loved fragrances in body spray form. This also features ‘fragrance showers’ (in true fun LUSH style), where you can literally be enveloped by your scent of choice, while being played the song or songs which inspired the creation of the scent. All fragrances, it turns out, are created at LUSH while listening to an inspiring playlist – and these showers showcase that beautifully. You almost feel as though you are part of the process.
The birdsong mentioned is a fusing of founder Mark Constantine’s bird watching passion-slash-obsession, and a nod to the Renaissance belief that such sounds balanced and calmed the spirt. It is that fusing of LUSH values and Renaissance inspiration that makes this concept store so unique and thrilling to explore. Inspired by such legends as Catherine de Medici, who brought perfumery to new heights under her sphere of influence during the 16th Century, Lush wanted to place their Perfume Library in this wonderful city to pay tribute to the birth of modern perfumery.
When speaking to Mark (quite the Renaissance man himself, actually), he revealed that LUSH itself actually came to fruition (in 1995) because of his impulse to create fragrance. ‘I realised I could express myself much more effectively through fragrance than I could music, literature, poetry, whatever…”. With this deep sentiment for fragrance and Florence, The Perfume Liberary have also developed five new exclusive fragrances for the ‘concept store’ (like you need more of an excuse to plan a visit…): Nero, Fresh As, Sappho, Frangipani and Confetti, created by perfumer Emma Dick.
Nero is inspired by Princess Nerola, who was said to have fragranced her gloves and baths with the happy scent of neroli. It is bright and uplifting and develops on the skin to reveal woody tones. Then there’s Frangipani, already the bestseller in the store, filled with tuberose, almond oil and frangipani. It takes its name from the story of a wealthy 16th Century Italian family who in a time of famine gave bread to the poor, which happens to be where the word Frangipani actually comes from: frangi (break) and pani (bread).
We also adored Confetti, a deeply romantic scent with coffee, pear, rose and violet. LUSH co-founder Rowena felt is smelt like sugared almonds, and therefore this celebratory confectioneary, traditionally enjoyed at weddings (and also popular in Italy) gave this fragrance its name. Sappho was coined after the famous Greek poet Sappho, a heavy iris-based fragrance that is a homage to this very Florentine flower. Heavy, powdery and filled with tonka absolute, vanilla absolute and tobacco absolute, it is an almost deep dangerous fragrance, that has real staying power on the skin.
But they didn’t stop drawing on the Renaissance tradition there. You can experience fragrance profiling based on your temperament and bodily state, taken its lead from the Renaissance belief in the Greek physician Hippocrates’s four ‘humours’: blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm (!), and their influence on the body and its emotions. So when you sit down for your profiling, you may both decide that a bright, hot and dry fragrance is best suited if your ‘humour’ is phlegmatic (that’s grumpy, wet, sad or irritable!)
Taste also plays a big part in the Renaissance fragrance prescriptions; it was common to create sweets that acted as medicines filled with essential oils and herbs to cure you. LUSH expands on this, prescribing a sweet and flavoured sugar cube which turns into a (quite frankly delicious) tea, with dry ice for fun and dramatic effect. It is enjoyed while fragrances are personally selected for you from the collection, based on your preferences and needs.
This in itself is a very fun and surprisingly revealing experience, My own fragrance prescription was cult classic LUSH fragrance Cocktail, to dampen my choleric nature (those humours again!), in the hope of achieving more balance. It is a very modern approach to selecting fragrance, and a fun way to draw on ancient traditions to arrive at a fragrance partly chosen to delight the senses, partly chosen to promote wellbeing. A thoroughly inspiring way to choose fragrance, in a whole new way.
The LUSH Perfume Library is a treasure trove of fragrance – and actually rather hard to leave. Dedicated to LUSH’s longstanding mission to inject fun and magic into smell and the senses, we know it will spark joy into anyone who passes through its doors. And if you are lucky enough to be in Florence, make sure you explore this Library. Jump into a fragrance shower, peruse the fragrance conveyor belt – because no one does a fragrance experience quite like LUSH!
Fragranced candles don’t get much hotter than Jonathan Ward‘s… metaphorically speaking, of course, but we were wowed from the very first time we smelled them.
You see, British candle maker and fragrant auter, Jonathan Ward, likes to do things differently. Having begun in the fashion world and created fragrances for others, Ward crossed over to the light side with his own fragranced candle house at last, and now has perfumistas filling their own homes with his scents.
As you might imagine, we’ve had our noses on a fair few scented candles in our time. The Perfume Society offices are contstantly aglow (candle-light is so flattering to the features, don’t you think? Especially when you’ve lost that post-holiday glow!) and currently we have Halcyonic wafting its magic. Inspired by the Bright Young Things of the ‘roaring 20s’, we felt it was just the thing to have burning after watching the Downton Abbey film. And as you’ll see, below, even the wayhe describes the notes feels like the an entire world and cast of characters, captured in scent…
Steam Iron Lapel, Smoked Lipstick Kiss, Tea Rose, Amber Heart
Crab Apple, Honeysuckle, Prickle Pear, Wet Jasmine Base
Black Amber, Black Salt, Tuxedo Musks
Fragrance expert Stephan Matthews regularly cites Ward’s creations among his favourite in the whole world (and as we know, there’s a lot of candles out there!) and recently caught up with this coolest of candle makers to discover his scented heritage. We Wear Perfume, meanwhile, fell madly for the literary and mythological inspirations behind the brand, waxing lyrical (sorry, couldn’t resist) about the ‘complex and captivating stories for his artful scented candle collection that are akin to miniature novels.’
Indeed, these are no ordinary candles – Ward creates scented spaces into which we can escape at the flick of a flame. He likes to ‘…ignite the olfactory legacies bequeathed by artists, visionaries, prophets and poets—bringing fresh light to their thoughts and ideas.’
Where we think these candles excel is the fragrances have just as much complexity (and time spent on them) as a bottle of personal perfume. In fact, Ward admitted to We Wear Perfume that he sometimes dabs a bit of the fragrance oils he composes for the candles behind his ears, apparently even combing a bit through his beard! But be in no doubt: here’s a man who takes the compositions of these scents really, really seriously.
Another point of difference is the added benefit of the candles being completely clean-burning – Ward is one of the founders in the promotion of natural waxes, with the wicks attached using an artisan candle technique that fixes them without using glue or resin.
We’re not talking about pouring some already created scent into some wax and adding a wick, here. We mean blending your own custom scent using professional perfumer’s accords, then practice making your very own candle; from mixing the oils to pouring the wax it’ll be a hands-on experience (and a new life skill).
The workshop will be led by the immensely talented Jonathan Ward himself, who will undoubtedly share invaluable candle-related knowledge throughout the day. This will be an unforgettable workshop where guests will enjoy refreshments and take home their personally scented Jonathan Ward candle, along with being offered an incredibly generous and exclusive discount of 15% off Jonathan Ward products on the day.
Tickets for this unique day’s custom candle course are £65 and can be purchased here:
Saturday 5th October 2019 Times: 11.00 am – 2:00 pm Venue: Johnathan Ward Candle Studio, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Rd, London E8 4QN
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