Six Scents Fragrance Initiative, Series One ~ new fragrances

Six Scents: Series One fragrances

The Six Scents Fragrance Initiative is a new, ongoing collaboration between Symrise, Metaproject and Seven New York. The group plans to launch six new fragrances every year with a percentage of the proceeds going to charity. Six Scents: Series One will launch next month, and will benefit Designers Against AIDS' International AIDS Awareness Education Center in Antwerp, Belgium.

Each of the six fragrances was developed by a celebrated designer working in conjunction with a Symrise perfumer. The fragrances for Series One, curated by Joseph Quartana of Seven New York, are:

Fragrance 1: Urban Tropicalia ~ by Alexandre Herchcovitch. According to perfumer Joachim Correll, "The inspiration for this fragrance was driven by the way that Alexandre creates fashion: The creative liberty he uses to design fashion which can be used equally by men or women. This fragrance can be worn at any time, for any occasion, as a form of self expression, to be daring, or simply for the pure pleasure of wearing a fragrance. The Alexandre Herchcovitch scent evokes freedom and sensuality, and similar to his fashion, the perfume is striking, emblematic and transcends categories". Featuring notes of cedar, amber fond, lemon, cassis de bourgeons, lime, green apple, apricot, jasmine, tagete, freesia, cinnamon and musk.

Fragrance 2: Wicken 3000 ~ by Bernhard Willhelm. According to perfumer Lucas Sieuzac, "A light, fresh, clean scent that embodies a fusion of the elements. The idea was to create a perfume close to the elements of water and air, but with a futuristic approach. Express ‘the Back to nature’ side of Bernhard with a pure & essential fragrance." The notes include sea breeze accord, bergamot, water jasmine and sheer musk.

Fragrance 3: The Spirit of Wood by Cosmic Wonder Light Source. According to perfumer Philippe Paparella-Paris, "The inspiration for this fragrance comes from Cosmic Wonder Light Source’s nature oriented fashion collection. Inspired by the designers memory of a scent experienced during a walk through an eucalyptus forest, a selection of fresh green top notes were combined with fig leaves and enlightened by green grass playing with fresh cut cypress. The idea was to create a rough and natural fragrance, using a lot of essential oils with a focus on the woody notes such as vetiver and hinoki." The notes include green grass, fig leaves, cypress, elemi, coriander, cedar, vetiver, hinoki and white amber.

Fragrance 4: Diagonal by Gareth Pugh. According to perfumer Emilie Coppermann, "Contrast, ambiguity, duality. Gareth Pugh said about his style: "it’s a struggle between lightness and darkness;" this is what I tried to translate in this perfume. The contrast between different raw materials, masculine and feminine, rough and smooth, dark and light, fresh and sensual." With notes of dill, black pepper, nutmeg, palissander, black tea, amyris, white amber and musk.

Fragrance 5: Illicit Sex ~ by Jeremy Scott. According to perfumer Philippe Roques, "Illicit Sex is an essay on Love : the encounter of fragility and strength." The notes feature bergamot, aldehydes, pepper, nutmeg, rose, benzoin, olibanum, cedar and musk.

Fragrance 6: Teen Spirit by Preen. According to perfumer Mark Buxton, "The idea we had with Preen, was to capture an English summer garden after the rain - light, natural, floral, fresh, but not sweet. Its sparkling top note, made of calabrain bergamot and a unique seashore accord is wrapped with magnolia and Turkish rose. The tingling spicy scent of red pepper sustained by hazelnut leaf and rhubarb give the fragrance its natural depth. Finally, a touch of violet wood for the long-lastingness and pleasurable feeling." With hazelnut leaf, rhubarb, bergamot, seashore accord, red pepper berry, rose, magnolia, violet wood, sandalwood and musk.

The Six Scents: Series One fragrances will be available in a limited edition of 2000 individually-numberd bottles per designer. The price will be $85 for 50 ml, concentration unknown. They will be sold online at Seven New York (other retailers include Colette in Paris, Joyce in Hong Kong, Curve in Los Angeles, Reborn in Montreal). You can read more about the project at the Six Scents website. (via press release)

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  1. Anonymous says:


    This sounds like a great idea, and I would very much like to try Diagonal but…

    “Illicit Sex is an essay on Love: the encounter of fragility and strength”


    I <3 perfume copy. :p

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great packaging design, nice descriptions – provoking! – and I like the charity angle. Will have to make my way over to Seven New York to check these out.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I want to be be able to say, “Thank you. That's the scent of Illicit Sex.”

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hey, at least it's short & sweet (no pun intended)

  5. Anonymous says:

    And best of all — not outrageously expensive. I think I read somewhere that they might be coming to Barneys too.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Beats having to say “That's the scent of Teen Spirit”.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Oh, man! That's a better reason to wear it than almost anything else I can think of, at the moment.

    Let's see…..”That's the scent of Alan Cumming….” and what else? What other fragrances could we work into this? hee hee

  8. Anonymous says:

    “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” That's a Nirvana grunge anthem from waaay back. I wonder if that was the intention? If so, brilliant!!! Otherwise, Illiciit Sex makes me back away from the imaginary counter, and I like the sounds of all that green in The Spirit of Wood. And I DO like worthy causes!

  9. Anonymous says:

    wasn't Teen Spirit originally a deodorant?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Me too! Almost as good as “Sex Panther”.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Yes, great price point, R. Finally!

    I hope these do come to Barneys, otherwise I will have to find out where Curve is located. Spirit of Wood and Diagonal sound interesting.


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  13. Anonymous says:

    It was?!?

  14. Anonymous says:

    No, no…the scent of “Cumming, The Fragrance”, LOL… works better w/ the “official” name!

  15. Anonymous says:

    R, I assumed that was the intention! The Spirit of Wood is the one that sounds best to me too.

  16. Anonymous says:

    If you don't agree, then you need to put more on.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hey, hugs to you, and have a great weekend!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Interesting. Sounds like a good idea, if the products are good. The Spirit of Wood and Wicken 3000 both sound appealing to me!

  19. Anonymous says:

    My two favourites too! Alas, I won't be able to find them in Australia. Not a bad thing considering how many perfumes are already on the to buy list.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Yes, it was a deodorant.

  21. Anonymous says:

    On the contrary — according to the website, they'll be at Assin in Melbourne.

  22. Anonymous says:

    I could live without the name “Wicken 3000”, but it does sound nice.

  23. Anonymous says:

    You live, you learn.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Diagonal sounds interesting because it has dill in it, a note I figured I'd never see in commercial perfumery, because as beautiful as it is, it has such a strong personality and such irrevocable connotations with savoury food–pickles, gravlaax, and everything I cook (because I adore it). I'd love to know how they control it.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Could not resist a google search — Eau de Lalique has dill. There must be others (both Osmoz & Nigel Groom's The Perfume Handbook list it as a perfumery ingredient) but don't know what they are.

  26. Anonymous says:

    That is still about 410 miles from me so still a bit too far! No matter.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Ah, but won't they ship? Not that I'm trying to MAKE you buy one, LOL…

  28. Anonymous says:

    I don't know if they ship interstate but I should have a look. I have never heard of Assin so will have to investigate.

  29. Anonymous says:

    These remind me a little of all those strange named Etat Libre fragrances, at least these are just numbers, can't say i really want to try these desperately.:)

  30. Anonymous says:

    I'm more interested in these, don't know why. They are cheaper, and some of the proceeds go to charity, at least for that.

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