Fragrance News This Week in Fragrance: Eau de Pot, Eau de Montreal, & Eau de Capital One?

This Week in Fragrance: Eau de Pot, Eau de Montreal, & Eau de Capital One?

01/04/17 10:34:33 (10 comments)

by: Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison


Emily Grosvenor at Leafly.com offers a thorough take on cannabis in perfumery. For example, she begins...

Here’s the rub with cannabis as a perfume note: you want to be able to smell it, but not too much. It has to smell distinctly cannabis – herby, fragrant and evocative – but it can never be that off-putting, rank burnt herb sometimes associated with the flower. And since perfumers in most states can’t sell commercial perfumes using actual cannabis oil – they rely on tricks of the trade to create accords mimicking the bud’s scent – creating a true cannabis perfume requires a truly complicated balancing act. READ MORE...

Which fragrances with cannabis notes have you found to be most compelling?

Cannabis leaves

Here at the start of the new year, Claude-Andre Hebert presents the first full line of scents dedicated to Montreal, the famous city on the mountain.  Morgan Lowrie of CTVNews.ca reports:

At first whiff, the traffic and grime of Montreal's busy downtown may not seem like the best inspiration for a luxurious perfume, but Claude-Andre Hebert begs to differ. In honour of the city's 375th anniversary, the Montreal-based perfume maker has launched five scents, each inspired by a different area of the city. One evokes the essence of bustling Ste-Catherine street, while others try to capture the romance of Old Montreal, the grandeur of old churches, or the scent of the grass on Mount Royal. And how does one capture the scent of a city? Hebert says it starts with a story. READ MORE...

Have you ever visited? Perhaps you live there? What are your favorite parts of the city? What aromas most come to mind when you consider Montreal? Which other world-class cities do you feel deserve their own fragrance collection?

Hebert's new line of fragrances dedicated to Montreal

You'll never believe what avant garde perfumery Xyrena has included in their latest fragrance release. From the brand's website:

“It’s the ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ of fragrance,” says Xyrena founder and head perfumer Killian Wells. “I originally envisioned SCAM as a piece for an art gallery, but it evolved into a way to dispel decades’ worth of myths perpetuated by the mainstream fragrance industry.” The commercial spot for SCAM, written and directed by Wells, parodies a well-known 90’s underwear campaign and highlights how sex appeal is used to distract consumers from what’s actually being sold. READ MORE...

Check out the video below and visit the brand page to learn more about this fascinating creation. Have you discovered the secret ingredients?

BBC.com reveals the newest aroma in London's trendiest...banks? Brian Milligan has the scoop:

Walk through Clapham Junction in South London, and you might catch a whiff of something heady, but rather fragrant. The scent, it transpires, is white tea and thyme. And it is coming from a new branch of Lloyds Bank. "It gives that inviting feel, that welcoming feel," says the building's designer, Sarah Harrison. "You can smell it on the High Street when the wind's blowing in the right direction." Lloyds is not the first bank to spot the possibilities of sensory attraction. Across the Atlantic, one bank offers its customers freshly brewed coffee, using the nutty aromas of Arabica to entice new followers. In fact rather than banks, it calls them cafes. When the US firm Capital One launched a digital-only bank, it thought it would never have to go to the expense of building any branches. But seeing that customers wanted a more physical relationship with their bank, it changed its mind. Now it has 13 banking "cafes" across the US [e.g. San Francisco as pictured below], where a cup of coffee is half price for those who pay with their card. READ MORE...

What do you think about this trend? Should a bank be just a bank? Could there be science connecting scent and financial choices? Will we soon be opening savings accounts at Starbucks or wearing Eau de Chase?

Capitol One Cafe San Francisco

And in case you missed it, Sandra Low at Star2.com reminds us that 2017 is the year we'll see the new collaboration between Kenzo and Avon!

Recognised as a leading designer across the globe, Kenzo Takada founded his eponymous luxury fashion house in Paris in 1970, becoming the first Japanese luxury brand based in the city. Avon, a global direct selling beauty company, has – for the first time – teamed up with Takada on the creation of Avon’s newest fragrance collection, Avon Life. “I wanted to work with Avon to collaborate on a new collection that would be accessible to women across the world,” says Takada. READ MORE...

We've seen Avon collaborate with other major brands recently such as Lacroix and Ungaro. Due to poor performance and complexity, I never have high hopes for Avon fragrances, but I have to admit I'm intrigued. How about you? Which other designers do you think would be a good for an Avon fragrance launch?

Kenzo teams with Avon for new Life fragrances

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison

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Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison’s journalism in the fragrance industry has appeared in international print and online publications such as PlayboyMen’s JournalMen’s Health and the New York Times. Marlen is also a regular contributor to BeautyAlmanac.com and works as a graduate professor, thesis advisor and faculty supervisor for MA programs in TESOL, Education, Writing and Literature. Learn more about Marlen by visiting www.MarlenHarrison.com.

 



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gordbrad
gordbrad

re: the Montreal perfumes, their creator Claude-Andre Hebert has been getting a *lot* of free media for scents that really have nothing to do with Montreal.
The ingredients are not sourced here, have no connection--
figurative, literal, or otherwise--and not that imaginative:
frankincense for a cathedral has been done, as has vodka notes for a boozy downtown. [vodka smells like nothing--like ethanol/rubbing alcohol!]
and so many missed opportunities! a sesame note, maybe, for bagels and the jewish culture? the coriander spicing of Montreal smoked meat! the diesel fumes from the train station, and cigar tobacco from the old school steakhouses.
i am a lifelong Montrealais and just feel he is trading on goodwill for the city without contributing much to the local economy. "all the ingredients are from Grasse!"
i have asked for small free sample vials, so if i am wrong and they are gorgeous, i'll be back to say so. :-)

Jan
06
2017
Perfumeaddict777
Perfumeaddict777

My favorite cannabis Scent is Balenciaga Florabotanica. The cannabis is not skunky, it smells like the fresh green plant. It's mesmerizing. Alot of people think you'll smell like a skunk if the perfume has cannabis as a note, but that's not actually true. It depends what the perfumer wants to evoke. The scent of burning Cannabis is skunky but natural fresh cannabis is not.
Im not happy about Avon verging with Kenzo or any other house. Avon has some nice perfumes for good prices but nothing complex or groundbreaking. Im in fear that anything they take over will be watered down and longevity and sillage will be an issue. :(

Jan
05
2017
vbjanos
vbjanos

I strangely find the cannabis scent alluring, why would that be, hmmm.

Kinski Kinski is great and FCUK Him also from Geza Shoen just more accessible.

Jan
05
2017
Ganymede
Ganymede

My two favourite fragrances with a cannabis note would have to be Kinski Kinski and 4160 Tuesday's Maxed Out.

Jan
05
2017
Synthaesthetic
Synthaesthetic

I'm one such weirdo who can't even smell cannabis in Nasomatto Black Afgano, and I could pick up on the real deal from low Earth orbit. That said, I second smell bent Hungry Hungry Hippies. I wore it to work today and nobody seemed to notice. To me it smells like Abuelita chocolate bricks and spices. One of the house's strongest showings.

Nice to see Canada get some perfume love! I'd like to see what they'd come up with for our other cities (well, this post has already covered Vancouver ;)).

Jan
04
2017
lou6
lou6

looking forward to the Montreal scent :)

Jan
04
2017
pammbw
pammbw

The notes for the Kenzo/Avon fragrance sound interesting. Looking forward to testing. Once in a while Avon squeaks out a good one, maybe this is it.

Jan
04
2017
gypsy parfumista
gypsy parfumista

As far as Cannabis scents go:
-Dawn Spencer Hurwitz (of DSH fame) did an entire collection and of those four I really dig Agrestic the most!
-Her Bodhi Sativa Eau de Cologne is next on my "to buy, gotta have it" list as it takes patchouli and an utterly delightful herbal accord that lasts but wafts sheer enough to rock in the full heat of the Dog Days.
-My "go to" weed scent is FRESH Cannabis Santal. A well-blended rich & dark woody scent that contains rose, cannabis, cacao and creamy sandalwood.
-Brent Leonesio of smellbent has the most "fun" cannabis scent in "Hungry Hungry Hippies" he layered the obligatory skank of dark patchouli with a "pot brownie" accord. A groovy gourmand oriental for a really sweet price.
-Il Profumo has a cannabis scent I find quite compelling though much more mainstream and no where near as "dank" as Dawn's are.
-Christi Meshell (at House of Matriarch) was one of the first perfumers to use an actual indica extract in her absolutely narcotic creation "Forbidden" which is a mix of many things outlawed and taboo.

Peace out
GP

Jan
04
2017
Altorhys
Altorhys

A perfect perfume if I want to feel like a skunk.

Jan
04
2017
interdite
interdite

For me, the smell of Saint Catherine Street will always be shawarma, pizza and the cheap Perfume smell coming from the peep Show and strippers clubs. Just saying.

Jan
04
2017

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