Clara Molloy of Memo Paris on the artistic originality of tuberose

20th June, 2016

The secluded town of Marfa, with its scorching temperatures and dry landscape, would probably be the last place one would associate with a luscious white floral fragrance. However, for Memo Paris this creative contrast turned out to be the perfect inspiration. “I loved the name Marfa even before going there and I was not disappointed - the landscape is as beautiful as the name,” says co-founder Clara Molloy.

After Les Echappées, Cuirs Nomades and Graines Vagabondes, the fragrance house has now inaugurated its fourth collection, Art Land, with Marfa, a concoction of orange blossom, tuberose and white musk. But how exactly does one recreate the olfactory landscape of a place almost devoid of all natural vegetation, save for the odd cactus? “We were looking for a ‘sand effect’ because of the desert, an element of softness. But we were also looking for heat, and for originality. This side would reflect the art part of Marfa,” Molloy explains.

Out of all the fragrance’s components, be mandarin, ylang ylang, agave or sandalwood, there is one in particular that takes center stage. “With the tuberose we found a flower that had sophistication and a different vibe than all the others,” she states. “You cannot hide a tuberose in a fragrance, it is always noticeable. I thought that was interesting because good art is also like that –  it stands on its own.”

Seeing as this is the first scent in the Art Land range, it’s only natural to wonder what other fragrances Memo Paris has up its sleeve, to which Molloy simply responds, “I wish I knew! You cannot predict where and when inspiration comes. The collections are a way to stimulate our imagination, it is like changing the language you usually use, speaking French then Russian then Spanish…” No matter which language the house decides on next, it will be intriguing to see which cultural capital becomes the successor to this beautiful debut. 


Marfa is now available at Bergdorf Goodman and

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About the author: Carla Seipp

As well as reporting for Basenotes, Carla is a Freelance fashion, art and fragrance journalist. Contributor for Twin, A Shaded View on Fashion, Dazed Digital and more.



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      • stentor | 20th July 2016 14:05

        Tuberose will destroy your genitals.

      • hednic | 24th July 2016 20:48

        It true what she says: “You cannot hide a tuberose in a fragrance, it is always noticeable"

      • Bal a Versailles | 11th August 2016 04:11

        Dorothy Parker wore Tuberose, a fragrance associated with morticians; indeed she made no secret of the fact that she subscribed to Mortician's publications. Fracas was the antithesis of 6 Feet under, a Black Magic woman, caressing the salve of a vasodilator until arousal was inevitable. Don't go in for that sort of thing, me.

      • hednic | 12th August 2016 15:19

        I wish the note were a little kinder to me.

      • Bal a Versailles | 13th August 2016 06:21

        I think a great many of us echo that sentiment. I have nothing in my collection that is tuberose dominant, except Fracas, but I ordered Jardins de Bagatelle in EDP form to round out my Guerlain collection, and I believe it is quite tuberosey.