As with all Nasomatto’s fragrances, Nudiflorum perfumer Alessandro Gualtieri is not interested in breaking it down for you. You won’t find a list of notes included with the packaging. The vague description provided on the official site is limited to a handful of words that read romantic but really don’t tell you much about the scent itself. When asked to describe the composition in an interview with Wallpaper he responded defiantly, “Why ask me? People always need to explain everything, to understand, to give a reason to things. Sometimes, you just need to feel it“. It’s a sentiment I agree with entirely. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, why should it be any different for the nose?
I think we can all agree that soap plays an important role in our daily lives for obvious reasons. Not nearly as vital as food and drink of course but every bit as necessary as clothes when it comes to weaving yourself into the fabric of civilized society. Whether your ritual is a nightly bath or the morning shower, soap plays the most significant supporting role in your (hopefully) daily self-cleansing act. Why not give it an award winning turn? Which is why I love Patchouli by Fresh, a truly magical blend of earthy scents that never overshadows and leaves plenty of room for the acts that follow.
Top: spearamint, lime, hemlock spruce
Middle: lavender, absolute, turkish rose
Base: burnt oil, vanilla, hay
DS & Durga
The world of fragrance is full of brands that have released signature scents inspired by libraries, jazz clubs, and all sorts of locations steeped in tradition and legend. I know the intention is not to be so literal but I’m usually a little disappointed when they don’t smell like the places in which they are named. I would love a scent that captures that all too familiar scent of old books. As for jazz clubs, I guess you wouldn’t want it to smell like cigarette smoke and gin. Everything, of course, is subjective and everyone’s interpretation is determined by their individual experience. However, in the case of Burning Barbershop, I do have very specific memories from childhood and what I believe to be an accurate memory of how they smell.
The mood that Oh Mon Dieu! No.69 by L’Objet sets out to invoke starts well before you light a match. Inspired by Paris in 1969, the invocation process begins with the striking imagery featuring bold lettering and dreamy illustrations found on all sides of the packaging. One side of the beautifully designed box displays a hand holding a mirror reflecting lips bright with slightly smeared red lipstick, as if this is where the night will begin, but a glimpse into where it will all leads is found on the opposite side depicted by a couple entangled in a sensual embrace.
Fragrance notes include Bitter Grapefruit, Cannabis Accord and Moss
It’s hard not to think back to Dr Dre’s seminal album released almost 30 years ago when looking at the name of this fragrance. At a time when openly celebrating cannabis culture in the mainstream was still fairly taboo, there it was with heavy rotation on radio and music television, playing loudly in cars passing by, and launching the now household name career of Snoop Dogg. Fast forward to current times and you would be hard-pressed to find a brand in fashion or beauty, luxury or otherwise, that doesn’t have some sort of product inspired by cannabis or containing CBD in their line.
The seed for Fragraphilia was planted during the holidays of 2018 when Jane and I were developing a post of our favorite fragrances for Sea of Shoes. We spent a lot of time working up to it by sharing our experiences with certain fragrances, how we discovered them for ourselves, and why they became so important to us. We also realized through those discussions how much of a role fragrance played in our relationship over the years.
From even the earliest days of dating, we spent almost as much time talking about fragrances as we did films, music, cocktails, and food. We always found ourselves sampling perfumes while shopping or traveling and they became a regular gift between the two of us. When we finally moved in together, our collections became communal and we’ve shared each and every one since. There is not a day that goes by that we don’t comment on each other’s choice while getting ready in the morning.
Despite our increasingly evolving passion, we often realize we are hardly experts. We’ve never considered ourselves connoisseurs or completists. Our interest lies far more in the experiential and emotional aspects of how certain perfumes we encounter make us feel, the memories they recall, or the imagery invoked rather than the scientific breakdowns of chemical compounds and how they are supposed to smell like this or that. We’ve never intended on possessing a larger than life collection filling our shelves like books.
When the post went live last December, we started receiving messages and recommendations from readers from all over the world who seemed to be speaking the same language. They were sending their favorites, their experiences, and more than a few fragrances that are now special to us as well. It was the language of enthusiasts and it became the inspiration of this site. I wanted a place where we could share the fragrances we love the most whether they are perfumes, soaps, candles, or anything else, and the stories of how they fit into our lives.