I ordered all three straight away. I'm broke, but happy.
osMoz.com (Firmenich) is offering three olfactory kits, each with twelve 7 ml bottles of single note essences or accords calling them Les coulisses du parfum. Each sells for 59 Euros.
The first kit covers accords and has an introduction by Alberto Morillas.
The second covers floral essences with an introduction by Jacques Cavallier.
The third covers Woods and resins, with an introduction by Olivier Cresp.
Shipping is free until April 21.
I received an email about the release and bought them, with receipt promised in 2-3 weeks from Paris.
For further information check: http;//shop.osmoz.com
Question to anybody more knowledgeable in these matters:
The description says "for olfaction only" -- does this mean you cannot put any of the substances on skin?
I.e. where's the fun of trying things on skin?
Thanks for the pointer! I see this as an excellent extension of the notes identification project, but more oriented toward full-blown classical and modern fragrance creation. The intros by top perfumers are a very nice bonus, and part of what sold me on them.
I find these releases very comforting. I think it shows the respect that the industry has for those of us who seriously appreciate fragrance. Yes, one could argue that it turns a profit, but Firmenich simply didn't have to do it. A few more cardboard cutouts of Diddy or Beckham would have generated more cash. I think it shows some respect for the fanboys and fangirls, as well as a desire to school us a bit. Bravo!
PS - free shipping seems to be extended until May 3...
Currently twisted mind to buy the first one, or get a perfume starter kit from the aprentice.. what should I do? I want to start make my own perfumes..
Last edited by Giustino; 18th April 2009 at 10:49 AM.
unico grande amore.
My three kits arrived today! It took two weeks for them to arrive, but it was worth waiting.
To come back to one of the earlier questions in this thread, one of the instructions on the boxes says "DO NOT APPLY TO THE SKIN" (instead of the rather ambiguous "For olfaction only" mentioned on the website).
All descriptions and notes on the boxes are bilingual (French & English), I have the French booklets. Okay, I'm off sampling now!
Tried sample # 1 from volume one (the so-called "Mythic Accords", all of which are created by Alberto Morillas), and read part of the first booklet. In the introduction it explains how one should take time for the sampling procedure, making sure to choose a scent-free place where you feel at ease, and where you know you won't be disturbed.
Sample # 1 is a citrus containing bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, orange, and tangerine. The booklet describes how essential oils from citrus fruits are obtained from the peel, not the juice, and that the freshness of citrus top notes lasts longer when combined with a floral heart or a chypre, woody, or musky base. The three famous examples mentioned in this context are cK One, Eau Sauvage, and O de Lancôme. It goes on explaining the origins of Eau de Cologne, with an illustration of a hand-written formula from 1906.
For each accord there is a little pop-quiz question as well; the answer is either written upside-down, or else it can be found on the osMoz website. I think the questions are a bit too easy for most BN'ers (you all know where 4711 got its name from, right?) but it's fun anyway.
Some space is reserved to write down one's impressions of each sample. They encourage you to keep the blotter, and to smell it again after 2 hours, 8 hours, and 24 hours; this way you can describe its drydown, and learn how a fragrance - a citrus, in this case - progresses through time.
the kit from www.absolument.net is also to my liking.... more so I think
Last edited by memechose; 1st May 2009 at 03:01 PM.
"If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again."
— Daphne du Maurier
I just received the three osmoz/Firmenich kits yesterday, very well packed for shipping.
The books were supposed to be autographed by the author/perfumer.(Early purchase offer) Only one was.
Haven't had any time to try them out. The warnings of not using on skin I think are generic precautions for the public at large. I immediately tried, with a Qtip, the Magnolia composition on my hand. No rash or anything else happened to my skin.
Now I have to find 'quiet' time!
Those of you who got signed copies, does the numbers in the corner mean the number of the actual copy out of the total number of signed ones, or was it just the date when it was signed?
Last edited by Ascella; 8th May 2009 at 05:01 PM.