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Notes from the Osmothèque : Jean Carles, the Man and his Method

by Wild Gardener on 18th April 2019 at 01:03 PM
Jean Carles is popularly remembered as the Beethoven of Perfume, famously composing Ma Griffe using only his olfactive memory after he had lost his sense of smell. But there was more to this gifted perfumer than the tragedy that overtook him in later life. He was an amateur musician, a talented linguist who spoke six languages, a lover of Great Gatsby style cars and a conjuror who owned more than 120 books on stage magic.

Behind the showman there was of course a more serious side.

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Updated 18th April 2019 at 04:03 PM by Wild Gardener

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Dzongkha

by Wild Gardener on 28th March 2019 at 01:39 PM
In two of Roudnitska's late masterpieces, Diorella and Le parfum de Thérèse, the dominant motif - or the goal of his perfumery explorations was the famous over-ripe melon accord. And by the time he came to compose Dzongkha, Bertrand Duchaufour seemed to have already arrived at the rotting heart of Roudnitska's olfactosphere and established it as his Base Camp.

Dzongkha accepts the premise, or the promise, of rotten fruit, but then, like all great students, Duchaufour does his damnest

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Beauty and the Brut

by Wild Gardener on 12th February 2019 at 10:32 PM
There's nothing special about the Great Smell of Brut; it was just a good fougère, nice - but nothing revolutionary. What made Brut great, and a big success, was something more subtle - attitude.

It's a sweet and pleasant little thing that never - at any time - resembles the brute it purports to be. The balance of sweet, green and anisic is alright, but that doesn't explain the phenomenal success that Brut enjoyed in the 1970's when - for a generation - it became the male scent de

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Updated 14th February 2019 at 07:25 PM by Wild Gardener

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Who wants to be Boss?

by Wild Gardener on 17th December 2018 at 06:23 PM
Sometimes life proceeds through conflict. According to the philosopher Hegel this happens when a force reacts with its opposite and out of the resulting conflict something better is created. To put it in his terminology, thesis plus antithesis leads to synthesis on a higher level.

A good example comes from a period exactly one hundred years ago when two of the greatest perfumers were at the height of their powers. When Jacques Guerlain smelt his rival's ground breaking Chypre he didn't

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Updated 12th January 2019 at 06:41 AM by Wild Gardener

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How to rate the Carmen Miranda Hat by Balenciaga?

by Wild Gardener on 15th September 2018 at 11:54 AM
Like Carmen Miranda's hat, Balenciaga's Le Dix (1947) is a remarkable creation but it couldn't be more out of fashion. (Indeed, as a stage adornment her hat was never meant to be a piece of street fashion but a theatrical prop.)

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Le Dix is an excellent perfume that develops the archaic fruity floral style of Caron's Colony (1938) to great advantage - and so would be of interest to historically

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Updated 15th September 2018 at 06:49 PM by Wild Gardener

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