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Round 1 Samples

In the next week or two, Katie will post reviews on her two trial versions, like Marina has already done. At that time, samples of the trial fragrances for both Katie and Marina’s project will be made available for purchase.

Please note that the supply is extremely limited, and all samples will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. All three Round 1 samples will be sold together in one package. Each sample will come in a 3.5 ml vial. The price, including shipping, will be $15 for for US customers, and slightly more for those outside the States.

Katie’s Letter to Laurent

After Laurent sent his response to my proposal, I replied back to him with my thoughts…

Dear Laurent,

I believe I understand what you mean by that “aromatic minty note” in Frankincense & Myrrh. Though, admittedly, I liken that “aromatic minty note” more to the way it feels when you catch an ungodly cold and in desperation smear nose-tingling Vicks VapoRub across your chest. (I lack a poetic soul. Clearly.) I do like it, but solely within the context of that specific fragrance. I can see why you might not be so crazy about it, and I concur it’s best to not use that sort of note for our perfume project. Your description of a “raw woody” note is one I quite like, because I deeply enjoy the arid quality about the woodiness.

The “burnt note” you sense in Cuir de Russie is nothing I’m overly enamored with, but I do like a wee bit of wickedness in a fragrance. Is it possible to use something else that might smell somehow naughty in the base? I think I the fragrances I love best all seem to have some sort of small conflict hidden inside them, perhaps for the same reason that all good music has a degree of tension to it. Cuir de Russie’s trace of smokiness is enjoyable for me, but pehaps this perfume can possess but a small wisp of smoke that smells rather transparent, and not quite so, well, burnt smelling? Or maybe you have something good in mind that is even better? I must defer to your vast knowledge and sense of balance here. It will be interesting to discover what you decide upon for filling out and widening the scent with… Please, go just a little nuts! I am hoping for a fragrance with funny little angles to it, something that beguiles with a few odd quirks here and there.

Hopefully, this is more helpful than not, and I sure hope I’m not being difficult!

Yours,
Katie

Laurent’s Response to Katie’s Proposal

Hi, it’s Katie! After reading my proposal for Auxeos, Laurent sent his response to my ideas. Squeeee!

Hello Katie,

I am very excited about your proposal for your perfume.

I have smelled the two fragrances which you like to layer together, and here is what I think. I love the idea of using an ocean-like leather note which I can smell in Cuir de Russie but would like to make it more modern and less smoky. There is a “burnt note” which is not so pleasant, but I like the theme of Cuir de Russie. Regarding Czech & Speake’s Frankincense & Myrrh, there is a very raw woody note that I will keep and play with (blend of cedarwood, sandalwood and vetiver), but I am not that crazy about the aromatic minty note… so, if it’s alright with you, I want to use only the raw woody part of this fragrance.

I completely agree that we need to find something else to give depth, richness and more signature to the combination of these two fragrances to make our collaboration a master piece.

I am ready to concoct your perfume now, so let me know if you feel comfortable with the direction that I am thinking about.

Thanks,

Laurent

My letter back to him will be up shortly!

Katie’s Auxeos


Dear Laurent,

My idea for a perfume is actually based on two other fragrances that I enjoy layering together, but alas, "something" is always missing from it. There is some sort of "lack" that I can't quite put my finger on. Layering Creed's Cuir de Russie with Czech & Speake's Frankincense & Myrrh is a combination that triggers in me an imagining of how wonderful an incense and leather scent would be. To wit, I love the dry (very dry) and almost woody nature of the Frankincense & Myrrh, and I like the ocean-like leather of Cuir de Russie.

Yet I wish for a scent that is fuller, curvier, and more strong-willed. Like, you know how when you hear a song on AM radio, and it's good, but you know you'd enjoy it so much more if you could hear the song in full-on surround sound stereo? I want to smell a perfume with an expanded bandwidth like that. I do not wish for it to be sweet or sentimental smelling - I wish for something that has strength and reserved power. I am unsure what else it would need to achieve that end. Perhaps in addition to the dark edginess of dry frankincense tears, myrrh tears, and saline softened leather, there could be ... Woody notes? Benzoin? Spice? I really don't know. And this is something I hope you, as a perfumer who is far, far wiser than I am, can understand and know how to approach.

The concept I keep coming back to for the name is via the word "auxetic." Auxetic materials, unlike most common materials that become thinner when stretched laterally, actually expand in cross-section when stretched. The effect is demonstrated very coolly here in this short video from Auxnet. The Greek root of "auxetic" is "Auxeos," meaning "that which can expand." My thinking is this - I like the idea that when we stretch ourselves, we too expand and grow. And I like the idea that with perfume, it has one type of smell, but it's upon application and wear that the smell grows and becomes bigger than when it remains unworn in the bottle or on a paper strip. Plus, I just like the sound of "Auxeos" when I roll it around in my mouth.

Thank you so much for agreeing to make this perfume dream come true for me! I cannot properly express how grateful and happy I am that you are creating it, so all I am left with is "thank you." I'm on the edge of my seat just waiting to see what you will come up with.

Yours in delighted anticipation,

Katie

Katie’s Bio »

Katie (Scentzilla!)

snz.jpgI’ve loved perfume ever since age 5, when I was forced to go work in the perfume mines of eastern South Dakota. I was raised by two perfectly respectable people who taught me about goodwill, kindness, and the beauty of fried foods smothered in cheese.

My mother had a small collection of Avon bottles with which I was fascinated. Some looked like little animals, little toys, and some I thought to be impossibly beautiful and grown-up. I longed for the day when my mom would say I was “old enough” and consent to let me wear them. But by the time I was old enough, I had fallen deeply under the spell of Magie Noire, a fragrance I’ve yet to recover from.

My family eventually moved from Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, where I learned the difference between neo-hippies and actual hippies, discovering that while the latter are affable, the former are regrettable. As an adult, my background is not in perfumery at all, but rather in picture framing: I stretched canvases, mounted tapestry, prints, and photos, built frames, and learned to loathe other peoples’ taste in art because I had to stare at the same things over and over all too frequently.

I am married to a man I secretly suspect to be insane, which is okay since I am also secretly insane. Currently I am raising our two very sweet twins. They seem to tolerate their parents well enough.

Blogging is a terribly fun, albeit self-indulgent, exercise in writing for me. I began my perfume blog, Scentzilla, after realizing that I was gaining a whole lot of “information,” but I had nothing I was doing with it. I figured it’d be more fun to share my impressions of what I smelled with others, and indeed, it IS fun.

I am so excited to be part of the Made by Blog project. It seems almost too good to be true. I really cannot believe my good luck. My own fragrance. Wow. My mind? Is effectively blown. It will be so interesting to discover how this process works, and what the inner workings of perfume creation look like closer up. I cannot wait to find out what the perfumer, Laurent, has in store!

Katie’s Proposal: “Auxeos” »