The Six Scents Fragrance Initiative has launched Six Scents Series Three. As with the prior two sets, the project teams six designers with six perfumers to create a series of limited edition fragrances. This year, the fragrances are "an exploration into the nature of childhood memories and the influence of adolescence on identity". A portion of the proceeds will be donated to War Child International.
Fragrance 1, Beau Bow (shown) ~ by Alexis Mabille in collaboration with perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux. “We reimagined the fresh and elegant “Eau Fraiche”structure so popular in France in the 70’s, and gave it a jolt.... and a twist... Our result: the crisply fragrant image of a very chic and cultured French teenager who enjoys his quirks and is eager to discover the world, making love to it for the first time and breathing it all in.” With notes of cedrat, mandarin, bergamot, bigarade orange, lavender, basil, mint, violet leaf, galbanum, lentisque, jasmine, magnolia, rose, cyclamen, honeysuckle, vetiver, moss, iris and kephalis.
Fragrance 2, Trompe L'Oeil ~ by Mary Katrantzou with perfumer Shyamala Maisondieu. “It is a classical feminine theme. I modernized it with some fruity, and citrusy facets, to bring colors and life. I added more floral notes in a bouquet to have a voluptuous femininity. For the drydown I added some oriental notes to bring a touch of sensuality”. With notes of bitter orange, mandarin, neroli, pear, mimosa, rose, ylang, tuberose, orris, amyris, tonka bean, ambrette and vanilla.
Fragrance 3, Can't Smell Fear ~ by Juun. J with perfumer Natalie Gracia-Cetto. “I wanted to create a fragrance that provides comfort, that protects you in an urban somewhat hostile universe. I choose a leathery theme, comfortable and reassuring. It creates like an olfactive aura, a comfort zone that protects against the city. I added some woody and floral notes to bring refinement, and some amber and musks to have a subtle sensual touch” With notes of bergamot, green mandarin, pink pepper, nutmeg, orris, ambrette, Atlas cedar, incense, leather, sandalwood, amber and musk.
Fragrance 4, Ascent ~ by Rad Hourani with perfumer Christophe Raynaud. “Origin of life is expressed by a fresh accord, green and watery, like a drop of sperm. Childhood is evoked by baby powder, it’s a musky and powdery scent. Midlife is expressed by a leathery note, comfortable yet strong like a leather jacket. Then the end of life is symbolised by incence, not a morbid, but a liturgic odor, evoking the ambiance of the churches.” With notes of pear, violet leaf, ylang ylang, rose, cedarwood, leather, incense, powdery musks, tonka bean and benzoin.
Fragrance 5, #087 ~ by N. Hoolywood with perfumer Stephen Nilsen. “...the smell of engine oil in his father’s car; getting off at the Kugenuma Beach train station and inhaling the saltiness of the ocean; the mysterious scent of Kurobe dam releasing water on a cloudy, snowy day; and the clean, relaxing feeling of grooming and bathing captured through the scent of the hiba tree, hinoki wood, cypress, nutmeg and rosemary.” With notes of hiba tree, sugi leaves, green cypress, motor oil, salty-icy water accord, nutmeg, rosemary, hinoki wood, sandalwood and fir balsam.
Fragrance 6, M ~ by Ohne Titel with perfumer Yann Vasnier. “I tried to recreate their attention to intricate tailoring, architecture of design, their care of detail, all these very feminine aspects using these strong and signature materials like cardamom, safraleine, and leather." With notes of cardamom, Atlas cedar, black plum, tonka bean, castoreum, civet, musks, moxalone and cosmone.
The Six Scents Series Three fragrances will be available in 50 ml Eau de Toilette, $149. Each perfume comes with a drawing by Robert Knoke and a DVD with 8 "exclusively commissioned fims" plus the Six Scents Series Three documentary. (via press release)
Update: see reviews of Six Scents Fragrance 4, Ascent, Fragrance 5, #087 and Beau Bow.