Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Search for Indentity

"In this business, we give our time and know-how to bring happiness." - perfumer Francis Kurkdjian for the Herald Tribune.

Read the rest of the article to find out more about l'Artisan Parfumeur's "Mon Numéro" line of single-edition perfumes by Bertrand Duchaufour, bespoke services by Cartier, Guerlain and Francis Kurkdjian.

Interestingly, they mention that some floral essences cost $5,000 per kilo ($146 per ounce). I can reassure you floral essences can cost far more than that. For example, Orange Blossom Absolute costs almost $400 per ounce; Genet (Broom) absolute costs over $500 per ounce; orris butter costs more than $700 per ounce; and the last time I checked, Boronia absolute was over $1,400 per ounce.

P.s. the above image is of a one-of-a-kind bottle, designed by Pascale Riberolles for L'Artisan Parfumeur's Mon Numéro.

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At November 24, 2008 6:03 AM, Blogger Perfumeshrine said... bring yet another point in the discussion I started! (from a perfumer's viewpoint) That whole article was very unfortunate I'd wager: everything sounds either comptemptuous or inaccurate.

At December 02, 2008 8:17 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

This is a fascinating argument.
And while I dislike pretense in every shape and form, I must point out that luxury goods usually do well at times of crisis. Little things like perfume make people feel a little better and it is perceived more as an investment than an indulgence.
At the same time, bringing out the most outrageously priced items now of all times could be perceived as flaunting it when everyone is struggling.


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