Matthew Camp Designs 8.5: “A unique sexy, dirty fragrance that is activated by a man’s natural scent, creating a hypnotic, narcotic essence that people will crawl across the room to get closer to.”
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WEAR SEMEN-SCENTED PERFUME: “I’m a little bit more used to the smell, so I don’t gag when I’m on the train. I do get some weird looks from strangers, but that might be because I was starting intently at their faces and trying to detect a glimmer of recognition in their eyes. You’re wondering if that smell is you, right? I silently ask them.” (vice.com)
Girl Powder: A Cultural History Of Love’s Baby Soft: “In this sense, Baby Soft was pure parfumerie-marketing genius. It is an aroma that touches the comfortable memory place inhabited by scented Cabbage Patch dolls and, um, actual baby powder. It is positioned reachably, at a price-point just around allowance-level. And, in its confusing way, what it says is: WOMANHOOD.” (The Awl)
Lernert & Sander
“Everything is a perfume by consisting of all fragrances launched in 2012. Over the last year Lernert & Sander collected almost 1400 samples of newly launched fragrances. By mixing the content of all of these bottles, they created 1.5 liter of Everything. This unique perfume comes in a specially designed and hand blown bottle, an enlargement of a classic sample bottle. From March 1st to 9th, the bottle will be showcased at Colette in Paris. Visitors will have the rare chance to try it. Watch the Making Of video.” (colette.fr)
Prince of Perfume: With his lanky 6-foot-5 frame and sleeves of 1920s-era tattoos, Ben Gorham doesn’t look like your average perfumer. In fact, when the former professional basketball player first presented his fragrances in Paris seven years ago, a French journalist sniffed, “What gives you the right to do perfumes?” (NYT)
DAILY PIC: This Cypriot terracotta, of a man smelling a fruit, was made in about 500 B.C., and is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’m not only showing it for its own sake, as a prototype Cyrano, but as an example of how much olfaction once mattered to us human beings, despite the short shrift our noses now get – except of course in a “live” perfume show called “The Art of Scent”, at the Museum of Art and Design for a few more weeks still. I’ve written about the exhibition more than once, but I’m hitting it again because my thoughts in an earlier Daily Pic have now sparked some response from its curator, Chandler Burr, to which I’ve replied. Some smell-y readers might want to follow our ongoing dialogue, or even contribute to it.
Our first interchange is below: