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FRAGRANCE DU BOIS

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FRAGRANCE DU BOIS

Fragrance Du Bois is a brand that was born in nature and is crafted in France. It’s main essence is pure oud – a pure luxury of nature and cultural heritage. 

Oud, also known as agarwood, is the most precious and expensive timer in the world. The finest oud distilled from the wood today has a starting price of $50,000 per kilo. Agarwood trees are one of the most sought-after tree species due to its rarity and quality. This wood is also considered as sacred, incenses and perfumes that are produced from agarwood have been valued for centuries and used by many cultures for spiritual, aphrodisiac, calming and purifying purposes.

Each creation of Fragrance Du Bois uses pure Agarwood tree oil and fumes the mystery of Oud. At this point the meaning of a word “purity” could be traced through an adjective “pure” that carries two meanings: 1) not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material; 2) perfectly in tune and with a clear tone. Purity as quality of any subject in discussion gives a beautiful state of comfort and confidence and motivates the notion of ultimate luxury. Fragrance Du Bois is the only fragrance house that uses its signature 100% pure and natural Oud in all its fragrance formulations, paired only with ingredients of the most exceptional quality.

It requires a strong vision and knowledge to craft and to give birth to such project, and it takes time and patience to plan and part on a journey towards the elevation of this ancient ingredient. The knowledge of craft can be seen here as something cultural rather than a primitive process. The realization that we are living in a very different world to ten years ago created the need to reconnect with what matters and a start to think about making things that fit the purpose and not just making things for the sake of them. With the reinterpretation and the usage of pure Oud in each scent, Fragrance Du Bois rethinks the relationship with craft and traditions. Word “craft” is strongly linked to the identity of the brand.

The citation of agarwood in many important religious texts transmits its significant presence within the spiritual world. The long historical use of agarwood has been associated with cultures where aromatics are deeply ingrained in cultural experiences, such as the Middle East, India, China, and Japan. Through the usage of agarwood as the main ingredient, the perfumes represent culturally universal luxury. Intoxicating yet purifying and calming grandeur is an experience what to expect while encountering with these fragrances.

          

Article written by Julia Ahtijainen – The Frankly Speaking

PARFUMS MDCI

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PARFUMS MDCI

It took over seven years to establish a range of the first twelve fragrances, and in the following years, the creator Claude Marchal skipped the traditional launch timings, simply because the end results failed to meet the standards of the brand and his vision. Founded in Paris in 2002, Parfums MDCI is one of the first exclusive perfume design houses that still keeps the bar high and doesn’t compromise. The main intention of Parfums MDCI is to reawaken the French elegance and tradition of the true perfume-making. The Maison is intentionally avoiding provocations and cheap screams of the momentum. Authentic beauty, craftsmanship, and culture are the forces that drive this brand.

The perfumes, sophisticated and dazzling compositions are made out of best raw materials available and strive towards olfactive harmony, caress, and universal aesthetics. They do not scream, they whisper, calmly yet confidently, playfully yet in a mature way.

One can smell an enthusiast’s selection, a true connoisseur’s approach with his own, very particular taste and an exquisite look on the perfume world. Elegance is the keyword that should be stressed here more. The word derives from a Latin word ‘legere’ meaning ‘to choose, to pick.’ Elegance is an ability to combine a genius with simplicity, an ability to refuse. Elegance is about knowing what and how you want something… anything… And if you want. And Mr. Marchal wanted to add something new, something elevated – 

a collection of “Masterpieces.”

The main motivation behind the “Masterpieces” was to interpret some masterpieces from Louvre Museum into the fragrances. It might sound old and odd, but the collection has something timeless about it, something harmonizing and intelligent… and of course chic as the rest of the Maison’s establishments. In fact, it requires a certain type of intelligence and cultural knowledge to know and be inspired by the pieces such as Gainsborough’s famous “Blue Boy”, Théodore Géricault’s splendid armored horseman of the Imperial Guard, and “L’homme aux Gants” – a stunning portrait of an unknown young man by The Titian that inspired the perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer to create a movingly subtle scent, a sort of a “soft oud” fragrance that reflects the delicacy of a suede-type of leather. The complexity of this painting translates into a scent that is refined, distant yet warm, just as it’s subject whose facial expression and hand gesture suggests the origin of the idle rich, of a man who has traveled the world, who is a bit bored, who knows something that other’s might not know. The fragrance, just as the painting, asks for a certain type of sophistication to appreciate the secret stories that are about to be revealed.

Admiring the traditional French perfume-making, Parfums MDCI projects a very selective view on perfume classics of uncompromising quality.

          

Article written by Julia Ahtijainen – The Frankly Speaking

OLFACTIVE STUDIO

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OLFACTIVE STUDIO

The concept of Olfactive Studio that was launched in Paris in 2011 sails on the waves of endless thoughts and travels, it discovers, connects and inspires. This union is a paradigm, a continuation, a vicious circle, and unarguably creative wholeness…

An encounter between contemporary artistic photography and perfumery, between the eye and the nose, a relationship with a vision, precision, sense and sensibility.

“Seeing is believing” and we all know that. Only physical or concrete evidence is convincing, but how to convince in the presence of a scent? Or sense an image and reproduce it olfactively? Olfactive Studio captures the essence of the moment, both visually and olfactively, making it an unforgettable memory that can be revisited through two objects – a photograph, and a perfume.

Sepia is Olfactive Studio’s new next-level collection, where the design color scheme is a reminiscent of the sepia tones from old photographs, brand’s distinctive fragrance bottles are wrapped in a noble warm-toned leather with a copper-toned ocher color cap, and the whole collection sets a new bar for the “Haute Parfumerie”. The launch greets a trilogy of Extrait de Parfum created in collaboration with the perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour and an environmental artist, sculptor, and photographer Martin Hill. The collection “shots” – Vanilla Shot, Leather Shot, and Chypre Shot – are both sensory and photographic, perfectly powerful and striking captures of the moment. 

VANILLA SHOT: coriander, saffron, aldehydes, rose, dried fruits, opoponax, vanilla, caramel, myrrh, benzoin

LEATHER SHOT: cardamom, cumin, leather note, iris, black tea, sandalwood, cedarwood, driftwood, vetiver

CHYPRE SHOT: cardamom, saffron, bergamot, peony, black pepper, coffee, black tea, oakmoss, patchouli, labdanum, amber

“A picture is worth a thousand words” is an English language idiom that can be elevated into: “A picture exhales a thousand ingredients” in case of Olfactive Studio’s Sepia collection. The brand managed to come out with an exceptional olfactory world that carries a distinctive personality; a world of emotions driven by creative vision. Photography and perfumery echo and enhance each other, a fragrance helps to “read” the picture, and the picture transmits a manipulated meaning of a scent. This here is a gallery of olfactive opuses supported by breath-taking visual realms and vice versa. Both, a photograph and a perfume, can be a signifier and a signified. Both are messages, both represent and carry meaning, both convey and share an idea.

Olfactive Studio created a new way to understand the meaning of photographic images and modern perfumery, with almost extinct ingredients like – Desire, curiosity, quality, intuition, and generosity.

          

Article written by Julia Ahtijainen – The Frankly Speaking

DR SEBAGH

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DR SEBAGH

The human skin is the outer covering of the body and has up to seven layers of ectodermal tissue and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. Skin is our body’s largest organ, and we should take care of it. Somebody call a doctor?

So we did. Beloved by the main celebrities and beauties all around the world, internationally renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh launched his anti-aging skin-care line in 2006 by getting people into thinking ‘restoration’ not ‘transformation.’ He suggests to start with an age-maintenance programme on a regular basis when young and think in the long term while taking care of the skin.

Dr. Sebagh graduated from the University of Paris in 1979 and started his career as a facial plastic surgeon by offering his patients solo facelifts and mainly in Los Angeles. As a true Parisian, he returned to Paris, were his talents were received with open arms, and where he continued his research and growth. In 1994 Dr. Sebagh started his practice in London and pioneered in the use of Botox, collagen and vitamin injections. Combining these techniques, and later crowned as the ‘Botox King’, Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh coined the phrase “age maintenance” to describe his revolutionary efforts to preserve existing youth and vibrancy.

Though, since then the things have changed – now we have lasers, fillers, cosmeceuticals actives in skincare products, OTC retinoids and all kinds of new ingredients and technology that can help us age in a better way. Dr. Sebagh keeps up with the Joneses, by getting a little help from his team of top French chemists, he is developing each collection for his skincare brand by using high concentrations of the most potent ingredients, delivering targeted products for all skin types and needs. 

Creams are not enough while taking care of your skin, equally important is to consider the next facts: the lifestyle (exercising, food, sleeping hours, etc.), the environment (climate, humidity, air pollution, etc.), the season (winter, summer, etc.), personal needs and skin type (oily, dry, etc.), and the last, most important and motivating one – the results you’re after!

OUR PICK OF THE MONTH:

Dr Sebagh’s Deep Exfoliating Mask
This mask is loaded with lactic acids that are hydrating and gentle enough to be suitable also for sensitive skin types, and that dissolve the ingredients that hold skin cells together. Your wrinkles will get smaller, and your skin will look automatically smoother when you get rid of the damaged cells. 

The whole look will be brighter…

 

          

Article written by Julia Ahtijainen – The Frankly Speaking

SPEAKEASY

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SPEAKEASY

 

 

THE SPEAKEASY CORNER

… in our vision we like to consider perfumes of the creatures that lives in symbiosis with art, fashion and senses – they cross the senses to tell us timeless stories, contact memories and imagination – our stories are animated by fragrances, starting from the senses through the ‘perfumum’ – wandering through dreams, imagination, thoughts, creative forms of nature and human – ‘the speakeasy corner’ is where you can gather to enjoy the scent in its most secret, non-forbidden form …

 

Edited by Julia Ahtijainen – The Frankly Speaking