Olfactive Studio Flash Back ~ new fragrance

Olfactive Studio Flash Back

French niche line Olfactive Studio will launch Flash Back next month. The new fragrance was inspired by a photograph by Laurent Segretier.

A memory in motion and in action: that is also the magic and the raison d’être of Flash Back.

A tangy and vibrant fragrance, Flash Back is an olfactory reminiscence: tangy and slightly green rhubarb mixed with hesperides revives an enveloping childhood smell: that of rhubarb tart. A base note of vetiver and cedar give it woody sensuality.

Flash Back was developed by perfumer Olivier Cresp; additional notes include grapefruit, orange, pink pepper, apple, amber and musk.

Olfactive Studio Flash Back will be available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum.

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  1. Zazie says:

    The notes seem at odd with the picture…
    The perfume sounds like a dupe of Aedes de Venustas signature, at least according to the notes listed, though the final effect might be very different (who trusts lists of notes anyway?)!

    • Robin says:

      Honestly, I don’t think the picture really calls up any notes for me…reason no. 209 why I am not a perfumer :-)

  2. body67 says:

    i will always be interested to see what olfactive studio will come up with next. i have and love ‘chambre noire’ and also have ‘still life’ (only a ‘like’). didn’t care for ‘lumiere blanche’ when it was released as i found it way too milky for my taste. the notes sound like a bit of a cacophony but neverthless interesting. who knows, it might work. a bit suspicious about the apple note and how evident it will be as this has never been successfully recreated in perfume.

    • Robin says:

      I am very behind on this line…will certainly try this one.

  3. Rictor07 says:

    that is a horrifying picture by mr. Sergretier. It looks like a movie poster for The Ring. I also dont understand how that conjures the childhood memory of rhubarb tart, unless it was the most haunted rhubarb tart ever created.

    • LOL haunted rhubarb tart! I love it. (And I agree.)

    • Robin says:

      I would go for a haunted rhubarb tart fragrance!

    • LaMaroc says:

      That was tea-snorted-up-the-nose hilarious!

  4. Lys says:

    The photo calls to mind CdG Odeur 71.

  5. Merlin says:

    I agree that the photo and the notes seem entirely out of kilter! The term ‘flash back’ makes me think of LSD. And yes, the picture seems like a Japanese horror – no doubt involving traumatized and vengeful spirits hijacking technology as a means of transport! If its a trip – its a bad one…

    • Lys says:

      @Merlin, @Rictor I’m reminded of the American version Ring when they use the tracking on the VCR to bend the image and find that lighthouse or whatevr. The photo looks like something you’d see if you video-recorded a TV playing a video-recording and then played it back on a black and white TV set. A woman emerges, a woman from your past. Mwaa haa haa.

      • Merlin says:

        Lys, I closed the page I had the photo on – it was giving me the creeps!

  6. lucasai says:

    The entire line was quite a let down for me. I quite liked one or two scents but they longevity was terrible. I couldn’t smell them after one hour.

    • Abyss says:

      Sounds like you might be anosmic to something in the base. I found the lasting power pretty good; Chambre Noire in particular clung to clothes for days.

      • lucasai says:

        Maybe, but I never experience a perfume I was anosmic to earlier. I wanted to like Lumiere Blanche but it was so fleeting.

        • Chamade says:

          It was love at first sniff between Lumiere Blanche and me but after three hours it left without a trace. I decided to forget about it but a couple of weeks ago I came across the sample and gave it a second chance. And to my surprise it stayed all day. It could be a FB but I need to try it more times to make sure if it really is trustworthy.

      • Merlin says:

        I liked Chambre Noire very much but it seemed fleeting on me as well. Then again, I might well be anosmic – there are perfumes I can’t smell at all, and others that I can’t smell on my skin. I can’t remember if I tried this on cloth – probably not.
        I’m becoming quite shocked about this. I tried Malle’s Une Rose a couple of days ago and I could hardly smell it – just a faint sourness. Then, I put a drop on the T-shirt I was wearing. Still there was a faint sourness, but it was part of a deep voluptuous rose with petals that closed right over me for hours.
        My favourite perfume, Chergui is also relatively faint on my skin – I was reapplying it so often i was running through the bottle in no time. Now I only spray on my clothes – where it stays forever…

        Sorry to be off topic – but I’m quite baffled by this!

        • annemarie says:

          I find it baffling too. It would be a good topic for a weekend poll. I can’t smell Chanel’s Cuir de Russie, Hermes Eau des Merveilles, and Tauer’s Vetiver Dance or Carillon pour un Ange. Or at least I can smell them, but only just and for less than an hour. Must try the Hermes on cloth.

          • Merlin says:

            It would be an interesting poll (at least for others like us – if there are any!) Eau de Merveilles I can smell – though its not very long-lasting. I haven’t tried Tauer’s Vetiver and I think I disliked Carillon pour un Ange when I tried it so I would have been glad if it vanished. On the other hand L’air du desert – I like very much but it is really soft on me and doesn’t last as long as I would like…

            Do try some on cloth/clothing! It has a salty scent though so make sure to stick the shirt in the wash afterwards!

  7. euse says:

    while i dont think you can go wrong with Olivier Cresp, I just think that the whole line of olfactive studio is confusing, taken into consideration that the perfumes are made by different perfumers, who all have different signatures, hence the line itself doesn’t have one.

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