For the past year, I’ve been working with Dave Kern from on a new perfume. After releasing Madame Chouteau, he and I were talking about perfumes, as we tend to do. Of course, as two guys who adore vetiver, we spoke about the terroirs and the infinite possibilities of this wildly varied root. Maybe itContinue reading “Benton Park for American Perfumer: Evolving Tradition with Tuberose and Vetiver”
As the world turns a corner and optimism abounds, it feels like the sun is rising on a new chapter. With that in mind, I have been thinking about bright, pleasant scents, but scents that do not smell like anything that we’re used to. Something new and unexpected. When I think of bright, pleasant scents,Continue reading “Sunrise on LaSalle: Fresh and Unexpected”
I have always loved the phrase, sun soaked. The idea that something was so saturated with sunshine that it would overflow. On a sun-soaked day, the air always is thick with scent, the solar energy causing a vibrant, radiant feeling. So now, in a season of both springtime renewal and also renewed hope, I composedContinue reading “Sun Soaked Eau de Parfum: Contemplative Fun in the Sun”
Growing up, my grandmother lived south of Saint Louis close to the Meramec River. As a child, I loved hiking out in the woods behind her house down to a creek that was a tributary to that river. There were fun hills to climb, and the smell was so fresh, green and vibrant. As IContinue reading “Orris Forest: A Hike to the Meramec River”
Recently, I have become fixated on orris butter. This is quite the legendary material in perfumery, known for both its beauty and its expense. It is associated with the iris (the official flower of Saint Louis, no less, due to its association with the fleur de lis and the namesake of my city), but withContinue reading “Tempo Rubato: A Celebration of Timeless, Natural Beauty”
Here in Saint Louis, the word “confluence” is used for many reasons. Of course, the easiest connection is the meeting of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, which was the reason why Pierre Laclede Liguest and Madame Therese Chouteau chose it as the location for their trading hamlet. But it goes even beyond that. Additionally, dueContinue reading “Scent Notes: At the Confluence of Rivers and Cultures”
While there will be a full Scent Notes column written soon, my writing work has been so busy that I’ve been finding it hard to squeeze any more words out of my fingertips. For now, watch the video to learn more about my two upcoming Maher Olfactive releases.
Hey everybody, as you probably know, Scott and the wonderful team of Declaration Grooming have taken over production of all grooming and shaving products with Chatillon Lux scents. And it’s been great! We’ve revisited the first scent he ever used (Champs de Lavande) and have a lot of great plans for the near future. However,Continue reading “Natural Materials and Consistency (or lack thereof)”
For more information and an in-depth discussion on the construction of Treachery Extrait de Parfum, check out the next post.
When working on this newest perfume, I wanted something comforting. My development began in the cold months of fall and winter, starting in 2019, but the final stages of development came during a stay-at-home order during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. I was lucky enough to have not been as directly affected as manyContinue reading “Treachery: This Is Not a Perfume”