The Legends Of Niche, Part 2 – The 1990’s
78. Gendarme by Gendarme
In 1991, Gendarme created the first anti-perfume. As the story goes, its founder was allergic or sensitive to ingredients in the scents of the times, so he created a mix of soapy notes and clean laundry chemicals that smelled like a hyper-exaggeration of “clean.” Then, in one of the best ironies in the whole world
Long before the internet made it easy to hear about rare fragrances, and many years before Barneys was an upscale chain store, back when The Perfumed Court was a Xerox list of available samples that you received by mail, there were still niche perfumes. Small stores and hotels had their own perfumes, and tiny little companies made interesting, non-mainstream scents. While on one hand, we have it easy now with the rapid spread of information, the days before this benefited from a much larger number
Updated 15th November 2011 at 04:43 AM by rogalal
If I had to pick a personal favorite perfume company, I’d probably pick L’Artisan Parfumeur. They’ve been around forever (Their iconic Mure et Musc already made this list in my picks of the 70’s) and have consistently valued creativity and pushing the envelope of artistic perfumery, using top noses for decades now.
I definitely see some recurring themes within their line. First, they’re known for their sense of humor, releasing surprisingly wearable and well-thought-out scents of
Updated 11th December 2011 at 09:09 PM by rogalal
In my last post, I indulged myself in a little harmless fun; at least that's what I said. In truth, there was a subtext to my borrowing the Occupy Wall Street metaphor and dressing it up in the issues of perfumista frustration in our own love-hate relationship with the purveyors of our favorite stuff.
The best way to put this is perhaps to say that in many aspects of our life, so many of which are affected by commercial interests, we encounter more and more frustration in a sense
Updated 10th November 2011 at 07:43 AM by JaimeB
When making a perfume, you can do it according to the laws of chemistry or choose an alchemical path. He made it both at the same time.
Today he was making a fleur d’oranger cologne. He kneaded the thick leathery skin of green bergamot and mixed it together with bright sunlight concentrated on the surface of sweet orange skin. He seasoned them both with green coldness of shadow from under the orange blossom tree. It was not enough, so he grabbed the rest of the citrus fruits, mixed