By Mark Buxton ~ new line of fragrances

By Mark Buxton perfume line

Perfumer Mark Buxton has launched his own line of fragrances:

One of the sharpest "noses" ever. Author of fragrances for Givenchy, Versace, Paco Rabanne, Burberry, Salvador Dali, Cartier, Chopard, Ferre. One of the brilliant pages of his perfumer career concerns his companionship of many years with Comme des Garcons. Mark's personal testament has always been "Simplicity is the ultimate degree of luxury". This credo is incarnated in his works as well as in his life. Mark has various interests apart from perfumery: English painting, antiques and gastronomy.

The line debuts with seven fragrances:

Nameless ~ "Sitting on a terrace at the lake of Come. Watching the boats sail in and out of the harbour, especially "Riva's"; wood and water." With notes of mandarin, cardamom, orange flower, lavender, cinnamon, coffee, clove, jasmine, amber, ciste, wood, guaiac, patchouli, cedarwood and benzoin.

Wood & Absinth ~ "The contrast between 2 very different natural products : wormwood and vetiver like a love or hate relationship. If you find the right balance they are in perfect harmony." With notes of citrus, orange, clary sage, anise, jasmine, rosewood, wood and vetiver.

Black Angel ~ "An English man in New York." With notes of citrus, bergamot, mandarin, orange, rosemary, ginger, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg, jasmine, lily of the valley, orris, styrax, guaiac and patchouli.

By Mark Buxton Hot Leather perfumeHot Leather (shown at right) ~ "An evening at the Moulin Rouge!" With notes of pepper, geranium, camomile, jasmine, styrax, patchouli, ciste and cedarwood.[Updated from new version on website: citrus, bergamot, coriander, mandarine, orris, jasmine, patchouli, cedarwood and vanilla]

English Breakfast ~ "It's 7 in the morning. An English man in Japan sitting in the Shinkansen is going to Kyoto. What does he do at this time? He opens his sushi/sashimi box for breakfast." With notes of bergamot, orange, pepper, ginger, coriander, geranium, galbanum, calendula, jasmine, rosewood, gardenia, patchouli, vetiver, labdanum, fir, cedarwood and benzoin.

Around Midnight ~ "A jazz club in the heart of Paris!" With notes of pepper, geranium, camomile, jasmine, styrax, patchouli, ciste and cedarwood. [Note that these are the same notes as for Hot Leather, and I assume one or the other is a mistake.]

Sounds & Visions ~ "Dancing in a cedar forest on a warm and sunny day!" With notes of bergamot, mandarin, pepper, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, rose, jasmine, rosewood, patchouli, guaiac, cedarwood and sandalwood.

The By Mark Buxton fragrances are available now at First-in-Fragrance in Germany, in 100 ml Eau de Parfum (130€). (via markbuxton)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I like his Comme des Garcons fragrances so I'd like to try some of these
    Hot Leather and/or Around Midnight sound most appealing to me even though I really don't like Paris, 2bh. I'll substitute Paris for Berlin in my mind.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I really like MB's work & look forward to trying these…but hope the notes are correct other than the one obvious error. Lots of them sound so similar that I hope they didn't make cut & paste mistakes (something I do frequently).

  3. Anonymous says:

    I'm a bit puzzled by Nameless. 'Lake of Come'?? He must mean 'Como' surely? That sounds like something from Etat Libre d'Orange.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I assume they meant Lake Como too. I think they need to do a wee bit of editing on the website. Not like I'm throwing stones, mind you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well, since I am crazy about Comme ded Garcons, I'll have to try this one too. I'd love to try the English Breakfest very much!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Do you think these will ever be available at Luckyscent?

    I really want to try all of them.

    Ouarzazate is my current pepper scent, so I really really want to try Hot Leather. And also I like the idea of hot pink leather.

    But Nameless has some of my favorite notes and is also the one that the color thing on the site recommended.

    So I definitely need to try both of those.

    But either Around Midnight or Hot Leather is wrong. Hopefully Around Midnight because it doesn't excite me as much.

  7. Anonymous says:

    What does that nutcase woman on TV say?!? — “I die! I die!!” These sound yummy. They should at minimum be interesting. As always I wish there were fewer of them.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I will be very surprised if one of the niche retailers in the US doesn't pick up the line. But then, I've been surprised before.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I got all excited when I saw the name — thought it would be a lovely black tea scent! Not sure I see how those notes link to the name or the sushi breakfast, but we'll see :-)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Gosh, they'd better be interesting.

    So so so agree on the number. I don't understand why niche lines feel the need to start off with a full line-up, esp. given the glut of scents on the market at the moment. Wish they'd started off with 2 really great perfumes.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I just like the list of notes in English Breakfest. But, yeah You're right, what's up with the English breakfest when in fact, only the man is English… and the rest is sushi and sashimi. That left me wondering for a while:))

  12. Anonymous says:

    If the notes even sounded like sushi, it'd make more sense to me…

  13. Anonymous says:

    A new scent from Marc Buxton is always reason to celebrate, in my opinion.

    Here's hoping I hate a few of them, since I really don't need to fall in love with another exlcusive, luxury fragrance. (sigh)

  14. Anonymous says:

    Really admire MB's work, so have high hopes for this line.

    I don't put much stock in the list of ingredients; the proof's invariably in the pudding.

    do understand coming out with more than one or two scents if they're not compromised in terms of quality; with personal tastes so varied, “really great” is largely subjective, and with a wider choice, I have more chance of finding a scent that smells really great to ME.

    In terms of really great scents, I don't find that there is a glut of them on the market at all. What we're faced with is a glut of poorly-conceived scents and a dearth of quality and originality. So bring on the Mark Buxtons and let's have fewer mediocre celeb scents and flankers; let's be realistic about what the real problem is.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Agree there are too many bad scents, but I think there are also too many altogether, no matter how good they are. Too hard to even pay attention to them, and I do think some good ones just get lost in the noise. Signed, perfume cynic :-)

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  17. Anonymous says:

    A few minutes in front of the computer! With notes of interest, amusement, and a raised eyebrow.

    These mostly sound really interesting (can't wait to sniff English Breakfast; what a weird description!) but I'm not looking at anything I think I can't live without.

    The copy, though! I thought less is more. Maybe it's the fact that my top-most comment is used for at least four that makes it so funny to me.

    What's a day without amusing copy, though. At least I wasn't rolling my eyes like I do with some (You know who I'm talking to, Elixirs Charnel.) and it doesn't take away from the actual information at all.

    We'll see.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Lake of “Côme” is the French word for Como, no louche wordplay here… The website is clearly Russian (all the shop addresses are Russia, as is the e-mail contact address), which would possibly explain some of the linguistic weirdness.

    I find the idea of a line by Mark Buxton rather exciting. I hope it'll make it to France some time soon.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, CC – just shows what a difference an accent can make! I wonder why it's so Russia-slanted? Does sound thrilling though. MB02/03 were the best of the Biehls for me.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I know what you mean, you cynical girl, you. And you're right; it's just overload, truly.

    I guess that's why I can see a guy like Mark Buxton coming out with more than one or two scents in launching a line. He has a better chance of getting more presence in the marketplace if he hits the ground with a sizable range, producing a bigger bang, getting more shelf-space, garnering more press. . .or at least, I imagine, that's the strategy.

    Trouble is, with everyone doing it, we poor quivering perfumistas are left overwhelmed, confused, and resentful! It's the law of diminishing returns. It would have been hugely courageous and bold, wouldn't it have been, for Mark to launch just ONE?? Maybe he wanted to, and the money folks behind him insisted that he play the numbers game. . .an interesting subject in and of itself, R.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Adding my thanks, didn't know that.

  22. Anonymous says:

    This ad copy is really pretty tame compared to some, you're right…and at least the descriptions are mostly short.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Just a guess, but Russia is a huge market for niche right now (I spoke to MDCI's founder and he does his best business there) and the distributors (maybe even the backers) of Mark Buxton's brand could be Russian.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Pardon my lack of experience-but they all sound masculine or unisex. Are they? And since I'm a floral-woody gal and the only unisex I wear and like is Bulgari Black, and the strongest I wear in small douses is D&G LB for him. Which one of Mark Buxton's do you think I might like, i.e., less strong traditional male?

    Thank you


  25. Anonymous says:

    Becca, I have no idea, I haven't smelled any of them yet.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Wouldn't it be interesting if these fragrance companies looked at the fragrance blogs as a direct source of feedback?

    Or are we too specialized/niche in nature to take seriously?

  27. Anonymous says:

    I don't know — we're certainly not the perfume-buying public. Plus, looks like their target is Russia, so what you & I think probably doesn't matter anyway.

  28. Anonymous says:

    I just laughed so hard that I cried for the blurb for English Breakfast.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Sometimes ad copy is better than the comics :-)

  30. Anonymous says:

    have you heard anything else about these?
    the website changed the description for Hot Leather
    Top notes:citrus, bergamot, coriander, mandarine
    Heart notes:orris, jasmin
    Base notes:patchouli, cedarwood, vanilla
    no pepper :(

  31. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much — I've fixed the article above.

    Heard anything else like what? I do have samples, but am very backlogged & have only managed to try 2 so far. Very much like the Wood & Absinth…

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