Scent Notes: Sumemer Refreshment from Agua Fresca by Chatillon Lux

Years ago, I created a scent for a brand. However, during the process, the whole thing went sideways and we had to part ways. This left me with a formula that I liked but had no use for, so I released it as a limited edition called Nonaginta. The name came from its inspiration fromContinue reading “Scent Notes: Sumemer Refreshment from Agua Fresca by Chatillon Lux”

Red Skies from Maher Olfactive: A Maritime Chypre

From the first time I heard it as a kid, the expression always seemed so mystical and full of wonder. Red skies at night, sailors delight. Red Skies in morning, sailors take warning. For a kid who only knew about the high seas from books and stories, it fed into the larger-than-life idea of lifeContinue reading “Red Skies from Maher Olfactive: A Maritime Chypre”

Sagan Dalya by Maher Olfactive: Fresh, Rich and Resinous

Sometimes, when you smell a material for the first time, everything just clicks. When I first opened the bottle of Siberian rhododendron essential oil, the multifaceted aspect of this amazing material got the gears turning in my head immediately.  Long-time readers will know that most of these columns begin with me discussing the story behindContinue reading “Sagan Dalya by Maher Olfactive: Fresh, Rich and Resinous”

1904: Revisiting the World’s Fair

In Saint Louis, the 1904 World’s Fair came along at at the perfect time to leave a lasting impact on the city. It was on the verge of becoming a major textile manufacturing hub, leading to a boom in population in the early 20th century. Forest Park, the largest urban park in the United States,Continue reading “1904: Revisiting the World’s Fair”

Benton Park for American Perfumer: Evolving Tradition with Tuberose and Vetiver

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”