You’ve probably never stuck your nose inside someone else’s leather jacket. We have. We’re just curious like that. That’s how Scent Tattoo smells to us.
Scent Tattoo uses a big dollop of cedar wood and some seriously sexy musks to create a warm, rugged, lived-in quality humming with bodily warmth. Add to that a nice hit of sandalwood with a twist of spiced lily accord. Is your heart racing yet?
The real magic is brought about by the addition of mimosa. You might think it odd to imagine finding bright, fluffy mimosa mixed into a heavy leather fragrance, but in Scent Tattoo it's used more for its texture. Its extracts smell naturally of leather, and it adds a deep, plush vibe that gives Scent Tattoo a real three-dimensional quality.
Scent Tattoo is a garment fragrance to be sprayed on jumpers, scarves, blankets or even your socks.
Scent Tattoo won the 2018 Art & Olfaction Award for Artisan Perfume. Its perfumer, Christophe Laudamiel, was awarded winner for Contribution to Scent Culture at the 2017 award ceremony.
"With Nectary we wanted to create a surreal and untamed garden... for the skin. A garden where the flowers were in brilliant technicolour, 6ft high flowerheads, scythe-like thorns, huge elephant-ear-like rubbery leaves, gigantic terracotta pots and a really 'close' atmosphere. As such, we wanted to push each of the facets a little so as to try to translate this narrative. The animalics are a key structural component as they give an alluring diffusion that seems to undulate, shimmer and radiate.”
“The oud acts a bit like glue - binding each of the sensations that almost seem to be shattering and diffusing in negative directions, each repelling one another, the oud grounds this aromatic 'polarity'. Focussing on the oud for a moment, we wanted to add texture here too, not that real oud require doing so, but we wanted to exaggerate the inherent minerality of the oud that we use in Nectary.” Euan McCall, Jorum Studio.
I mean, it really doesn’t get much better than when it comes from the perfumer himself, does it?
Wearing a perfume like Nectary is one of those olfactory encounters that takes things to the next level. This is fragrance beyond scent as an accessory. Nectary has Presence (capital P required). We retired Malle’s Portrait of a Lady for this one.
Medullary-ray takes sandalwood to a Mediterranean countryside. A fresco of gilded flowers, saccharine red fruits and lazily harvested Tuscan fruits in an olfactory encounter with crafted woods, dry grasses and balsamic resins.
Fig leaf, Cardamom, Olive, Juniper
Frankincense, Orris Butter, Rose Absolute, Pomegranate
A clutch-your-pearls subversive beamed into the 21st century from a time when perfumes didn’t shy away from celebrating the nooks and crannies of the body with an animalic radiance. This one might make you blush a bit. Or a lot.