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Olfactive Studio – The Eye and The Nose


In August of 2012, while at the Elements Showcase, I discovered Olfactive Studio. If you attended the show, it would’ve been hard not to as they were the buzz of the show. Everyone I spoke with mentioned them as a must see and I’m glad I did.

Celine Verleure, the brand’s founder and creator greeted me with open arms. As she explained the concept behind the brand, I was in awe. The love affair continued as I sampled each of the scents in the collection. It was hard to pick a favorite and just when I thought I had one, I recently sampled the collection’s newest scent Flashback and I’ve found myself at odds all over again.

Celine was recently in New York and held an event at Art Opening to debut the U.S. launch of Olfactive Studio, which will be available at both Aedes de Venustas and Bergdorf. We met for a chat at the Standard Hotel and we talked about her journey to this point. For the first installment of “In Their Words,” Celine discusses the concept behind Olfactive Studio.

An eau de parfum of 3.4 oz will go for $195 at Aedes.


Odin Launches Newest Scent 08 Seylon

Since 2009, the beloved brand Odin has built a solid collection of fragrances. Fans of the brand will be pleased to know this growing collection has a new offering in stores now. 08 Seylon is the latest unisex fragrance and it aims to give consumers a new understanding of vetiver. Continue reading

Good Read…WSJ’s Spice and Everything Nice

The Wall Street Journal recently published a fragrance story and I wanted to share it here in case you missed it. With the temperature finally dropping in the Northeast, it’s a great time to wear spicier scents. I talked about that in the article I wrote for Complex and it’s good to see it reiterated here.

The story focuses on three notes, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom and features a great selection of scents: Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle, Arunima by Strange Invisible Perfumes, Colonia Assoluta by Acqua di Parma, New York Amber by Bond No. 9, La Fumée by Miller Harris, Nutmeg and Ginger by Jo Malone and Baume du Doge by Eau D’Italie.

Give it a read and sample accordingly.

Meet Anne McClain – MCMC Fragrances

“I’m painting a story with smells.”


I first became aware of Anne McClain because of her workshops, which take place the first Monday of every month at Le Labo. Subsequently after that, I would receive e-mails periodically about her brand MCMC Fragrances. One particular e-mail mentioned she was launching a new fragrance called Maui and that she would be at the Brooklyn Flea. Maui was the place I got married, so it holds special meaning to me. I’ve heard a lot about the Brooklyn Flea but never been. These two facts posed an opportunity to meet Ann and I’m glad I seized the moment. On this hot summer day, after looking around for her booth, I finally stumbled upon it and it was an oasis in the middle of stuff. There she was, a Brooklynite that produced and sold her products in Brooklyn. I was brimming with pride when I met her. As a born and raised Brooklynite myself, stories like hers makes you puff out your chest just a tad bit more. As we began talking, she told me a story about being in fragrance school in Grasse and how her classmates looked at her oddly when she mentioned she wanted to take what she learned back to Brooklyn and start a business. It recalled a line from the rap song Crooklyn Dodgers that seems so apropos, “Straight from crooklyn better known as Brooklyn never taking shorts cause Brooklyn’s the borough.”

Where did you learn the art of creating fragrances?

I originally began by studying on my own. I took evening and weekend workshops on any topic related to perfumery (which in New York City actually tended to be aromatherapy classes), read lots of books, and even did a correspondence course with natural perfumer Mandy Aftel. At a certain point, I felt that I had exhausted all the learning I could do in America and I applied to the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in southern France.

I spent one year in Grasse in an intensive training program with just twelve students. It was very hands on and classes ranged from raw materials to chemistry to genealogy and creation. We also visited farms and production facilities. In the small village of Grasse, there were really no distractions for me (I didn’t have a phone, TV, or even internet in my apartment!) so I was really able to focus on my studies, and concepting for my line, MCMC Fragrances.

Share the story about people frowning in Grasse when you mentioned wanting to create your own line in Brooklyn.

The one thing that was difficult about studying in rural, southern France (as opposed to New York City) is that no one could really relate to me wanting to start my own line. Independent perfumery is not very common (although I see more and more niche lines all the time) and it’s still a male-dominated and family-owned trade. For a newbie like me to come from Brooklyn and say I wanted to start my own line right away was very shocking to my classmates and teachers. But like so many other creative people, I just wanted to do my thing and had no fear!

What is the concept behind MCMC Fragrances?

Before studying perfumery, I was a photographer. I love to travel and the feeling of those fleeting, ethereal moments that we are so lucky to have in life. My photographs were an attempt to flatten these experiences and preserve them. However, after my very first perfume class, I realized that this was the medium for me to work in.

So all of the fragrances from MCMC Fragrances are based on an actual experience from my life. Maine is based on a day in Maine falling in love; Noble is about four months I spent living in Nepal with a Tibetan family and the jasmine and incense that permeated the house, and Hunter is about an old friend who lived in the woods and harvested maple syrup. I’m painting a story with smells.

What sparked your desire to create your own collection?

I have so many stories I want to tell in scent, and so much inspiration, that I knew I had to create my own collection. Working for a corporate perfume house as a perfumer, you are receiving briefs from clients to create their dreams, and their visions. I just couldn’t wait to put my own creations out into the world.

What’s your earliest recollection of fragrance?

Well, I know that the first perfume I ever wanted was Angel by Thierry Mugler. My sister gave it to me when I was 15 for Christmas. This baffles me now because it’s so strong and I’m surprised my 15-year old self was attracted to that, but I’ve always loved woody, oriental scents.

As for my first meaningful recollection of fragrance, while I was in Nepal (I was 21), I bought a jasmine candle at a place called Mike’s Breakfast. At the time I didn’t know that the scent was jasmine – I didn’t know the name of any scents then, really – but I was so in love with this candle. To the point where even after it had burned, I brought home the little wax stump and kept it in my closet for months. To this day, jasmine absolute is one of my favorite ingredients.

How would you finish this statement. “My most memorable fragrant moment would be…?

…smelling a beach plum rose on the coast of Maine while falling in love, mingling with the scents of cool air and dried seaweed.

Thanks Anne.


Odin New York Launches Fragrance Collection


Opening their first store in New York’s East Village in the fall of 2004, Odin New York has since become known for the carefully curated collection of brands they carry. From Band of Outsiders, Comme Des Garcons, and Common Projects to Phillip Lim 3.1, Our Legacy and Florsheim by Duckie Brown, shoppers can find a range of items including footwear, jewelry, bath and grooming products and accessories. Odin is now expanding its offering with their first fragrance collection.

A trio of scents, being dubbed unisex, can now be found in Odin New York, Pas de Deux, Aedes de Venustas, Hershleifer’s in New York, Studio Beautymix at Fred Segal in Los Angeles, Louis Boston, Forty Five Ten in Dallas and Carrots in San Francisco.


Top: Juniper Berries, Himalayan Cedar Leaves, Rich Bergamot

Middle: Sultry Palmarosa, Indian Black Pepper, Creamy Heliotrope

Bottom: Tonka Bean, West Indian Sandalwood, Grey Musk


Top: Owari Mandarin, Bright Green Bergamot, Grapefruit Leaves

Middle: Cubbed Pepper, Amyris Wood, Crisp Neroli

Bottom: Fresh Cut Cedarwood, Golden Amber, Tonkin Musk


Top: Silver Birch, Earthy Cypress, Forest Mint

Middle: Smoky Vetiver, Liquid Myrrh, Subtle Patchouli

Bottom: Black Musk, Dry Oak Moss, True Amber

The collection, which was collaborated on with fragrance supplier Drom, is available in a 3.4 fl. oz EDT and retails for $110.


Bond No 9 To Launch Fragrance Inspired By Astor Place Cube

The one thing about New York that makes it so special is the number of landmarks it possesses. I mean, there’s the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, any one of the museums, Madison Square Garden…you get the point. But one notable landmark is at the heart of the newest fragrance launch from Bond No. 9, the beloved Cube at Astor Place. Actually called the Alamo by Bernard Tony Rosenthal, it was installed in 1967 and has since become a very popular hangout and meeting place. If you’ve ever been to New York and took a gander at this beautiful piece, then you know it actually spins. The first time I found that out, I was beside myself…how, why, really???

Anyhow, the name of the new fragrance is called Astor Place (that’s the street where the cube actually sits) and its launching April 1st at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bond No 9 boutiques. The scent is being billed as unisex with a feminine tendency. It includes top notes of violet leaf and mandarin zest; a heart of freesia, red poppy buds and iris root, and dries down into teakwood, musk and amber. I’m sure it’ll be sexy…Bond is good at bottling that up nicely. Let’s keep an eye on this one!!!