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December 2013

Indigo Perfumery

ART / SCENT : THE RED KERCHIEF AND LIKE THIS

Welcome to our first edition of

Conceived as a tribute to the importance of both art and fragrance in our lives, Indigo Perfumery is beginning a monthly series that pairs a painting with a scent. Indigo is aware of the subjectivity of the appreciation of perfumes and paintings and would be most interested in your observations and suggestions for pairing the painting of the month with a different scent.

Our team would love to hear from you.

We begin on this last day of 2013, a cold, snowy day for much of the country. The Red Kerchief was selected because it is a favorite of Ann Onusko, Indigo’s founder. The painting resides in the Cleveland Museum of Art as an unusual example of the works of Claude Monet. Painted sometime between 1868-1873, it actually began as a much different scene with two figures sitting inside on either side of the window. It was later painted over with a woman walking by, quickly glancing inside and meeting the eyes of the viewer. What makes it so unusual for Monet is his radical new way of rapidly scanning the subject, rather than the long view of a traditionally composed painting. The strokes of the woman’s face are only suggested with swift brushstrokes and little shading.

It turns out that the woman with the red kerchief was Monet’s wife, Camille, who died in 1879. Monet kept this painting with him in the Giverny studio for his entire life.

Like This by État Libre d’Orange is the perfume that we are pairing with The Red Kerchief. Created specially for actress Tilda Swinton, it is a comforting, cozy scent that immediately transports one to the heart of the home, the kitchen. When asked about its creation, Swinton said “My favourite smells are the smells of home… Scent means place to me : place and state of mind – even state of grace. The warm ginger of new baking on a wood table…”

Like This opens with a healthy spice dose, softened by a tangerine note. You’d swear there was a pumpkin baking in the oven. It’s a delicious gourmand that continues to remain luscious and cozy throughout. Various accents, including immortelle and heliotrope, make an appearance, eventually mellowing into spicy woods but its edible quality remains. The sillage of Like This is moderate, its longevity is good.

Like This says comfort and home, just as the glance into the window by Mrs. Monet caused Mr. Monet’s heart to flutter… and to keep his painting of Camille with him for the rest of his life.

 

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HEDONIST

Perfumer Viktoria Minya’s Hedonist is stunning- both the juice and the presentation.

During the recent holiday season, Hedonist turned out to not only be a beautiful gift for a loved one, it was also the perfume that women most often treated themselves to.

With its opening shot of rum accented by peach and bergamot, you find yourself wondering how high this will take you. While it certainly makes its opening statement, Hedonist soon settles down into a luscious testimony to the beauty of the trio of white flowers- jasmine, orange blossom and osmanthus, coated with a light honey topping.

Backed up by a tobacco hit, the vetiver makes its appearance as Hedonist mellows into its lingering notes that often last four to five hours. Lovely indeed.

If you’re like we are, it’s fun just to look at the bottle full of bohemian crystals glimmering on your dresser. Its black box of faux snakeskin is beautiful enough to display.

We fear that Hedonist will not be around very long as the second batch is also close to being sold out.

Fair warning!

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NEW ADDITIONS!

We are excited to announce that Indigo continues to add to our thoughtfully curated collections more luscious scents in various forms!

We now have in stock the lovely Nazará by Belle Fleur NY. Belle Fleur’s scented candles not only smell exquisite, but are impeccably packaged. First class all the way. Nazará’s combination of notes includes frankincense and fir balsam, the warm gourmand blend of Seville orange, vanilla and a golden honey accord. It smells fresh, clean and transports you to happy holiday memories. A new Christmas tradition for us.

Indochine just arrived yesterday. OK, we admit it- it’s our new favorite.

Indochine is a soft Oriental, elegant and beautiful. We can imagine both Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy treasuring this scent in their homes.

We are awaiting the arrival of Palo Santo very shortly.

Next up: two new perfume lines and the long-anticipated arrival of Hedonist by Viktoria Minya.

Stay tuned!