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LET’S SCENT…

 

 

Continuing the April 2015 Traditional Home New + Next column, Indigo would like to propose the following scents to complement the “soon to be red hot” colors of Cobalt, Blood Orange and Mint.

 

The color, Cobalt, “packs just the right amount of punch.” Indeed, the perfume Indigo, by the new-on-the-scene Dutch perfume house, Baruti, certainly radiates “ blue summer skies, continuous music, and effervescent big-city life.” The notes include Mastic Oil, Hyacinth, Rose, Frankincense, Atlas Cedar, Sandalwood,Nooud and Amber.

Baruti Perfumer and Fragrance Engineer, Spyros Drosopoulos, creates kaleidoscopic explosions of beauty that can blow you away. His Indigo remix, Berlin im Winter, is reminiscent of an intimate and cozy blanket enveloping you on a long, cold, winter night with notes of Lavender, Mastic Oil, Rose, Iris, Cassis, Plum, Myrrh, Frankincense, Irish Coffee,Nooud, Amber and Leather. Both fragrances have just arrived here at Indigo!

 

Blood Oranges by Shay and Blue is the obvious choice for Blood Orange, the color. With its “cheerful but sophisticated vibe,” Blood Oranges reveals blood orange throughout. Napa leather precedes the dry down of musk and charred woods.

Backing it up is our other Blood Orange choice, Classic Orange by Von Eusersdorff, also an ode to blood orange. Traveling from crisp to warm, it demonstrates play between blood orange, black tea, osmanthus and suede leather.

 

Mint the color exudes an “icy cool” feel “with just a bit of sweetness.”
Aqua Sextius, by the elegant Parisian perfume house, Jul et Mad, is a hands down favorite of our customers to wear in spring and summer for an explosion of freshness. It opens with a sparkling citrus effervescence, revealing its mint, white flower and fig heart notes before its slight warming in the base with woods and ambergris.

Our other nomination for its mint inspiration is Providence Perfume’s all natural Eva Luna. This is a spring green, sparkling floral with notes including carrot, fresh mint, tuberose, jasmine and lemon frankincense.

 

If you have any other color / scent requests, please contact us for your color reinvention.

 

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In Conversation..., Indigo Perfumery

Floris: Into the Future

 

With Indigo Perfumery’s recent post on Floris and a bit of its illustrious history, it is obvious that Floris’ pedigree is both timeless and impeccable. But a company cannot rest on its laurels in today’s always changing, scented world.

It is evident that this ninth generation of the Floris family is passionate about perfume and is dedicated to craftsmanship and quality. Their understated and sophisticated style will continue to be reflected in the evolution of their 2015 launches. Stay tuned…

 

Indigo recently had the opportunity to chat with the new Managing Director of Floris, Jon Graham, one of the key members of the management team working directly with Edward Bodenham, the Floris Chairman.

 

 

Would you please tell us a little about your background – what did you study and what path led you to what you’re doing now?

I have worked in retail and wholesale for over 25 years working primarily with British Heritage brands and over 10 years in the Beauty industry. I have worked in all the major overseas markets and have very little interest in working for the cookie-cutter brands and retailers we see populating the global high street. I have always had a keen interest in brands with soul and personality – brands like Floris – steeped in history and romance – hold particular interest for me.

 

Why did you agree to take on your new role at Floris?

The lure of fragrance and scent has always had great appeal. Dealing in emotion – sparking memories. It’s an incredibly powerful and exciting medium. The challenge of working in a Family business (this business is owned by the founding family who created Floris over 285 years ago) is also a great attraction and having spoken to the Chairman and the family we all shared the same vision for the brand. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with a brand with an authentic heritage, a truly proud London brand, only perfumers to HRH The Queen, a library of fragrances and history that is second-to-none. Being entrusted to manage the business is a great honour. It was an easy decision to make!

 

 

How do you plan to strike a balance between the success Floris has had for generations and innovations for today’s market?

It’s a very careful balance. We will never be a “path-finder brand” it’s not part of our DNA. We have a very loyal following – the brand is held in very high regard and with great affection and we recognize this – but we also have to generate the new Floris history – being mindful of the past – but looking to the future. Seduce, excite and delight the Floris customer of the future.

Everything we do will be sympathetically considered, from our products, our packaging, to the tone of voice we use, the social media we generate. To stand still and rely on former glories in todays’ fierce market-place would be fool-hardy. I am working with the 8th & 9th generation family members to impart centuries of fragrance knowledge and craftsmanship, through our passion and excitement for fragrance and perfumes, to the new generations of Floris devotees.

 

What is your favorite fragrance in the line?

Too difficult to choose just the one! I wear fragrance dependent on my mood, the season, the occasion, who I want to impress!

My top 3; Elite, Special 127, Leather Oud – but I honestly wear our whole collection at various times.

 

How do you feel about the pressure to release new fragrances often?

Newness brings excitement and brand exposure but there shouldn’t be newness for the sake of newness. If it’s trend driven (Saffron or Oud) then we should consider it. The market is moving constantly and though we shouldn’t be led by this blindly, we should be aware of it. We need to provide the customer with the fragrances that they want – this is what ultimately drives our new fragrance development. We have a relatively small number of fragrances in our collection but a huge library of historical fragrances housed in our archives – we need to mine these and blend in the new developments in the fragrance market to create collections that inspire and excite.

 

What are your plans for the future of Floris?

First and foremost our legacy must be to secure the brand and the business for the next generation of family members. The brand has been around for 285 years which is testament to its strength and an indication of how highly regarded it is by the customer. We will steer the business carefully through the sea of brands and retailers we see through our London window and introduce the brand to the new Floris customer. We want to share our secrets and our passion for fragrance. We’re a hidden gem. A secret. We will start to whisper our secret just a little bit louder.

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The Roses Have It

 

Thus far, 2015 seems to be the year of the rose.

 

These are our recent rosy arrivals:

Andy Tauer’s ROSE flash (the first release with Mr. Tauer’s new Tauerville)  is a perfume extrait that unabashedly exudes the same experience that one has when sticking one’s nose into a rose bloom. Andy describes it:

“ROSE flash is the most luxurious rose that I have created so far… a stunning rose, rich, oriental, gourmand… This rose is here to share the joy and fun I had in my lab exploring rose petals.”

 

Desert Rose by Dame Perfumery is a lovely, classic rose that leans a bit toward a dry but sweet rose. Jeffrey Dame’s creations are an excellent value.

Viktoria Minya‘s Hedonist Rose has been called the most beautiful of her line thus far. Fresh roses are softened with Viktoria’s wine accord, with peach, vanilla, amber and musk rounding out the composition.

Asphalt Rainbow, by Charente Macerations, is “…a roughed up rose with a re-envisioned rose accord that distorts and morphs over time like a fragmented floral collage…”

Try them all!

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SPRINGTIME IN PARIS SAMPLE SET

 

 

We’ve turned the corner- there’s no denying Spring is at the ready!

 

Sure, the weather may slip a bit here and there, but now that it is the middle of March, the color green is returning to our surroundings.

Green grass, green foliage on the bulbs, perennials and trees…

 

Indigo is celebrating with a festive Springtime in Paris sample set!

 

Our Parisian fragrance lines feature gorgeous florals and fresh green scents.

 

Explore the set of six fragrances!

 

Order HERE to receive the six samples for $22.

 

 

 

Ann Gerard created Perle de Mousse as an elegant, green floral chypre. Its opening definitely places you on a walk in the fresh air, encountering the green of grass and new foliage. Lily of the valley is celebrated in the heart, complimented by touches of rose, jasmine and gardenia. Its light and elegant drydown is wrapped in a verdant combination that includes Lentisque Absolute instead of the usual patchouli.

 

 

 

Ciel d’Opale places you under the linden tree’s brand new foliage, taking in its honeyed bouquet. Its opening, fresh citrus notes soon turn to a white floral medley that includes honeysuckle and mock orange. The drydown becomes a bit more spicy, but always remains fresh- a perfect fragrance to wear when those warm days make their appearance.

 

 

 

 

Jul et Mad’s Stilettos on Lex instantly puts one in a happy mood with its sparkling, fruity opening notes. The floral heart of the fragrance is celebratory, keeping one on course with an uplifted mood. It settles down to a mysterious mélange of woods and musk. Stilettos is an Extrait de Parfum and has excellent longevity.

 

 

 

 

 Terrasse à St-Germain opens with a green freshness to awaken the senses. Its subtle floral palette includes the rarely used freesia and lotus flower, along with rose. Its sensual drydown is the perfect symbiosis of the classic trio of musk, sandalwood and patchouli.

 

 

 

 

Jardins d’ÉcrivainsGigi (the ode to Gigi, the famous heroine of French author Colette) opens with a nod to freshly cut grass and the sweet innocence of orange blossom. Its white floral bouquet is flattered by black currant before the mix becomes a refined, warm skin scent.

 

 

 

We round out the Parisian collection with a rather unconventional fragrance that describes William S. Burroughs (the American novelist of the Bea t Generation), Junky. It is a unisex, green floral that seamlessly switches between hemp, the floral trio of gardenia, iris and violet and its incense vibe base notes. It evolves over time, but amazingly remains light-hearted and carefree-

a fragrance meant for a spring day.

Order HERE to receive six samples for $22.

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SPRING GREEN = FIG

 

 

When searching for a spring fragrance,

why not try a fresh fig scent?

 

The set of five fig fragrance samples is available HERE.

 

Here are some of Indigo Perfumery’s favorites:

 

 

 

 

Debaser is the latest release from D. S. & Durga.

 

Opening with a pear stem/green leaf combo, fresh fig bursts onto the scene, tempered by a milky coconut. Although iris and dry woods arrive later, Debaser is all about that crazy fig and coconut combo that becomes addicting.

 

 

 

 

 

Figure Fruitée by Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranges has been excitedly described as “It’s my Signature Fragrance”!

 

A true, unabashed fig greets you in all of its green glory. Lime and grapefruit add a dash of citrus. Its dry down ventures into leather and woods, but fig still remains a constant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tan-Tan is the fifth of six scents created by Coquillete Paris.

 

Inspired by the Moroccan province of the same name, Tan-Tan seeks to pay homage to the land, sand and air of this port city, but it’s the soft, white fig that claims one’s attention. This fig is clean and green. Tan-Tan is decidedly masculine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday Haze is Josh Meyer’s latest addition to his impressive collection of scents at Imaginary Authors.

 

For those who think they are not fig lovers, we promise you Yesterday Haze will change your mind. The fig is nicely accented by tonka and iris to create a softly sweet and creamy fig. This fig will grow on you, catching you by surprise.

 

 

 

Jardins d’ÉcrivainsWilde is a sheer joy.

 

Wilde opens as a fruity assemblage of bergamot and grapes. Fig makes its debut in a transparent way, combining with green tea and carnation which prevent it from becoming too thick and heavy. Wilde says Happy Spring!

 

 

 

 

Looking for a spring home scent? Belle Fleur‘s scented candle, Figure Noir, fits that bill.

 

Figue Noir explores all the facets of the fig tree: leaves, bark and fruit. Its scent is earthy with a touch of sweetness. Vetiver and juniper berry accent the fig without taking over.

 

 

Aren’t you tempted?

 

Explore the set of five fragrances!

Order HERE to receive five samples for $18.

 

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ALMOST SPRING

 

We’re ready for spring and we know you must be too!

 

To celebrate the arrival of i Profumi di Firenze at Indigo and being one day closer to the first day of Spring, we are giving away a full set of i Profumi di Firenze samples!

Simply leave a comment on our Facebook page telling us what your favorite part of spring is and you’ll be eligible.

 

The drawing closes on Oscar Sunday, February 22nd at 12 midnight.

 

 

Only one entry per person.

Limited to the U.S., please, as we do not ship out of the country.

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EQUAL OPPORTUNITY SEDUCERS

 

 

 

 

Something Floral?

 

 

Rose Cut‘s fresh and sensuous fragrance captured the hearts of many Best Of lists last year.

Rose Cut opens with an unforgettable luminescence. The roses chosen by perfumer, Bertrand Duchaufour, enliven the fragrance throughout and share billing with rum, oakwood and a fresh patchouli in the base that combine to reveal its sexy nature.

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Something Woody?

 

 

 

Andy Tauer’s classic, L’Air du Desert Marocain, continues to be swoon-worthy for both men and women. It just smells that good!

 

If you are looking for a fragrance that pulls you in from the first sniff, look no more. L’Air du Desert Marocain combines soft spices with vetiver and cedar wood in the base to form a long-lasting scent that will having you sniffing your skin (or your lover’s) for hours.

 

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Something Spicy?

 

 

 

Classic Myrrh by Von Eusersdorff combines notes of incense with cedar leaf, violet, sandalwood and patchouli to reveal its refined, spicy fragrance. Its longevity is excellent. This sophisticated scent is equally mesmerizing on women or men.

 

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Something Gourmand?

 

Much has been said about Shay and Blue’s Salt Caramel.

 

Undeniably gourmand, Salt Caramel moves past the initial sweetness of its inspiration, the Sea Salt Caramels of Charbonnel et Walker, to reveal waves of caramel, vanilla, sea salt, tonka bean and sandalwood.

Salt Caramel continues to lure and beckon until the very end.

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Something Oriental?

 

 

 

Suffice it to say, Belle Fleur’s Indochine is a favorite home fragrance here at Indigo.

 

It combines Osmanthus, Patchouli and Bergamot with a Rosewood & Honey base for an exquisitely smooth, soft Oriental scent.
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Something Citrus?

 

 

 

 

Aqua Sextius, Jul et Mad’s latest release, is an invigorating, refreshing fragrance composed by one of the star perfumers of 2014, Cécile Zarokian.

 

Citrus + marine + woods and mosses= exquisite. And have you seen its fabulous color in person yet?

 

Aqua Sextius is a happy fragrance to wear on a summer day, or, equally as invigorating on a cold, cloudy winter day.

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A TALK WITH JOSH MEYER FROM IMAGINARY AUTHORS

Meet Josh Meyer, the creator of Imaginary Authors–  one of the most sincere, naturally talented and downright humble perfumers in the world of niche and indie perfumery…

 

 

Tell me a little about your background – what did you study and what path led you to what you’re doing now?

 

I’ve always been exceptionally interested in  concepts with deep well of exploration. Part of what makes creating perfume interesting to me is not having a formal education, and often times working backwards to find the scent at it’s highest point.

 

 

How do you begin each work?

 

Each perfume starts with a concept of a few ingredients which would create something more than the sum of their parts.  Then it’s fragrant sketching over and over to see if there is a formula which is worth filling out to create depth.

 

 

Are there other artists in your family?

 

Within my immediate family, my Dad is a amateur photographer.

 

 

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

 

I love surfing the Oregon coast, playing tennis, reading every day, cocktails, eating with friends, and experiencing all the fun culinary projects happening in the PNW right now. Food and drink seem very tied to the olfactory reward of perfume.

 

 

What would be your dream project?

 

Really, I already have it. I love it so much! Because it’s solitary, I also really value working with others, I jump at the chance to work with other creatives.

 

 

What’s the best thing about your job?

 

I have a hard time saying any one thing is the ‘Best’ because there are so many facets that are so extraordinary. However, being able to connect with people via the silent language of scent is easily at the top of the list.

 

 

What are you looking forward to professionally?

 

I want nothing more than to keep making perfume for a long, long time. It’s really rewarding and exciting.

 

 

Which designers, artists or creative people are you inspired by?

 

Tons, there are sooo many. Perfume related, I love Slumberhouse, and the recent Black Flower by Dame is super good and exciting. Perfume in particular is a lot like painting, and i’ve been excited to see more oil painting by Tyler Warren.

 

 

What was your inspiration for the bottle design?

 

The inspiration for the bottle design is primarily from the scent itself, we want to accurately give color, shape and tone to the scent inside the bottle. Similarly, the stories for the Imaginary Authors all tie in to the scents vibe as well as locations for sourcing the oils and lots of easter eggs throughout the line.

 

 

Thank you, Josh!

For fascinating, well done interviews with Josh, visit Olfactif‘s interviews here and here.

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WORTH KNOWING ABOUT

 

 

 

Sumatera

 

by Coquillete Paris

 

A cozy evening by the fire. Soft jasmine. Intriguing cinnamon. Mellow patchouli.

Sumatera is a creative expression of the island of Sumatra, reflecting the white flowers and various spices of the land. For even non-patchouli lovers, this green patchouli gently draws you in, hoping for more. Cedar and vanilla add their intimate touches toward the drydown.

 

While you conclude that perhaps this is just a winter fragrance, a warm summer evening is most flattering to its originally warm weather notes.

 

A perfume definitely worth knowing about…