Friday, March 26, 2010

Secret City Features Ayala Moriel's Custom Scent + Weekly Giveaway

Visit Granville Sustainable City Living Magazine's Secret City for an article titled Creating my signature scent, naturally, in which Krista Eide describes her experience of creating a custom scent at Ayala Moriel Parfums studio.

What would your dream custom perfume smell like?
Comment below and enter to win your very own custom perfume by Ayala Moriel Parfums.

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At March 26, 2010 5:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to win a custom perfume!

At March 26, 2010 6:46 PM, Blogger samara said...

it would smell like the perfect day. a day not quite spring, still sorta winter.....and that atmosphere.

At March 26, 2010 8:50 PM, Blogger Sharon said...

Chai!! Oh my!

At March 27, 2010 1:54 AM, Blogger womo531 said...

Ever since I've dabbled into the world of perfumery, in that I try just about everything possible. I am continuously looking for the perfect osmanthus and fresh ginger lily, so many nuances disappears when they go from fresh flower to perfume...

At March 27, 2010 10:44 AM, Blogger melou said...

What a great write up. My custom scent would be a sweet top of orange essence and petitgrain, a soft jasmine heart backed by neroli and champaca with a powdery sweet base(orris/ambrette/vanilla/tonka). A "cozy" type scent.

At March 27, 2010 2:38 PM, Blogger Princess Ellie said...

Ayala, Thank you so much for the opportunity for a scent that would be one of ours only. It sounds like a dream come true for a person who is in love with natural perfume like me. My favorite scent would be creamy floral that has a hint of green. Maybe tuberose, jasmine, gardenia with a little Linden blossom and scent like fresh cut grass for some green notes and a nice base of tonka bean, sandlewood and possible some coconut. A little like White Potion with some green added to it. That would be perfect.

At March 27, 2010 5:01 PM, Blogger Mama G said...

It would smell like a baby's head after they've fallen asleep at your breast.

At March 27, 2010 5:40 PM, Blogger skeptis said...

It would be to discover a new favorite: something I never considered but which would end up being a must have. I recently discovered 'woodsmoke' as a scent. I never would have imagined it being a favorite but now I can't get enough of it!

At March 27, 2010 7:12 PM, Blogger HJ said...

My dream custom perfume ~ something dark, mysterious and sensuous, ready for the approaching winter where I live :-)

Lovely article Ayala!

Holly x

At March 27, 2010 8:12 PM, Anonymous Denise M. said...

My addiction is perfume. Everyday I have a new favorite. One scent I crave that has been discontinued is by Lola cosmetics. It came in a really tiny roll on bottle. The notes listed were: bergamot, currant, mandarin, jasmine, iris, nutmeg, patchouli, oakmoss, musk, brassia seeds. It was so sensual and I'd love to smell it again!

At March 27, 2010 11:56 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

This is true for many flowers. The distillation/extraction process can change them quite a bit.
I love osmanthus though haven't smelled it fresh yet...

Your cozy floral would be gorgeous!

Princess Ellie,
What a fantastic idea for a scent!
You may want to try my Libra perfume though, it's a greenish tuberose.
BTW - after long search I found some gardenia absolute and it's gorgeous and has some of that greenness that you are talking about too.

Nothing smells better than that!
Too bad baby scents can't be bottled... But usually the real thing is the best anyway...!

I love smoky scents!!!

We didn't even have proper winter here LOL... I love dark scents, they are such a comfort and an added mystery to the cold season...

This sounds like a wonderful array of notes, though I've never smelled brassia seeds. Will have to look into that one.

Happy weekend everyone!
I'm at Portobello West all weekend so won't be blogging again till Monday, when I hope to put up the second part of my Oud article. See you than!

At March 29, 2010 2:55 AM, Blogger Ines said...

What a wonderful giveaway! :)
Since spring is here and this year I just smell hyacinths everywhere, my dream custom perfume would smell sunny and of hyacinths surrounded by dewy green grass.

At March 30, 2010 9:34 AM, Blogger Felicia Shenker said...

My ideal custom perfume would have a certain spring-like lightness to it, but would also be unusual and avant-garde a bit. Some of my favourite notes would be included: patchouli, pink lotus, saffron, cardamom.

At April 01, 2010 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My ideal perfume would include the newborn smells when my 3 babies were first born.

The first was a warm furry feathery smell somewhat like a parakeet and the smell of the hair on my arm after hours in the sun.

The middle child, a salty-fresh clean sweat like the ocean...

and the third, a sweetish cupcake breath like ginger, banana, and vanilla.

They are grown; 39, 31 and 29 now, but I remember their first scents.

At April 01, 2010 11:04 PM, Anonymous Lena said...

A mysterious evening in a forest in India. Woody and spicy, with roses and tree-flowers wafting in on the warm breeze, buoyed by an unknown voluptuousness.

At April 02, 2010 11:01 AM, Blogger nerthuschild said...

I love these natural scents: Jasmine, Rose, Vetiver, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Oak Moss, Sandalwood and Freesia.

I wonder if they would work together or not as I seem to split between woodsy and floral - of two minds. LOL

At April 02, 2010 9:12 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

I love the smell of hyacinths too! They are so spring-like. So heady and green and like no other flower.

I have a feeling that patchouli and pink lotus will go marvelously well together with the saffron and cardamom. It will be an unusual combination.

Thank you for sharing the beautiful memories and scents of your newborn babies with us. I never thought there would be such a distinct difference in the same family... I have 5 younger brothers and they all smelled the same to me as babies... That would be very difficult to capture as a perfume though! One of those things in life, some precious moments can only be what they are and never recorded accurately otherwise.

An Indian forest sounds so alluring... You made me think of The Jungle Book all of a sudden...!

There are lots of botanicals in India that smells like nothing else, some of which never get exported out of India. It's a land full of perfume mystery.

Your signature perfumes sounds like it could be a very light, green floral or even a Chypre... You might like my perfume Grin, which has jasmine, rose, agarwood and oakmoss, as well as the precious Boronia absolute, which smells a lot like yellow freesia!
The moss and the wood serve as a base for the flowers to grow in and bloom on the skin.

At April 02, 2010 9:38 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

like my tropical garden.... sweet and earthy...

At April 02, 2010 9:44 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Dream custom perfume? Well, Espionage is already perfect; I adore the leather and tobacco notes.

But one is never enough! So my dream custom perfume might be very much like the tuberose Libra perfume you've already made, but earthier. With fig, maybe. Some light clean citrus-floral topnotes fading to something more earthy and resinous and musky.

Lately, I've been taking your Song of Solomon and layering it with a little Clean, that ubiquitous soap-smelling scent that was all the rage a few years ago. Clean on its own is pretty but boring. Kinda like that. Is there such a thing as a spring version of Autumn? I love that one, too.

I used to like mixing Demeter's Holy Water (wood/marine notes) with Brosius' White Soap accord. That's just for the schtick of the combined names: Soap & Water, get it? Alas, it tends to smell like a funeral with too many carnations.

At April 02, 2010 9:51 PM, Blogger The Fledgling Basement Foodie said...

My custom perfume would remind me of a fresh summer morning, warm but with dew on the grass and a citrusy rising sun. It would be light, not heavy. Like fresh cut limes and lemons. I would call it Limon Morning.

At April 02, 2010 9:55 PM, Anonymous Catherine(ComDiva) said...

A bespoke perfume from Ayala would be... well, bliss in a bottle!

At April 02, 2010 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have lots of ideas already - well, I like.... mmmmm - ginger, potentially bergamot, rice powder - oh, and, rose. Rose rose rose... And citrus on top. Heaven.

At April 03, 2010 1:08 AM, Blogger Fab said...

Discovering this post now and just thinking aloud very quicky, but two things come to mind...

First, something deep and intense, inspired by Middle-Eastern perfumery with oudh, rose, saffron, sandlawood, amber.

Or, why not some sort of leathery chypre with floral accents; something warm, very cozy, a bit powdery perhaps...

At April 05, 2010 8:04 PM, Blogger Kelly C. Porter said...

There are maybe 2 'perfect' scents in this world to me.

1.) The smell of an aged estate library: parchment, sweet smells of aging glue, gilt leather, traces of pipe tobacco, that solar after-fragrance from sun through the windows slowly warming the paper, inky minerals dissipating from the page, perhaps a touch of woodsmell from a newly waxed floor or a glimpse the oak trees outside the window. It's a scent that is almost entirely masculine, except for the thinnest thread of something warm and sweet in the decay.

2.)The hills of rural Abruzzo in July during a thin rain. There's something wonderful about the crisp smells of dry sage grasses just slightly moistened, that ionic atmosphere that precedes a storm. The soil and gravel becomes wet and fragrant with lichens and pollen. The bark and oils of the fragrant hardwoods lift up into the air. Sometimes a whiff of a wood-fire in the town below. It's always shifting, there's always something new and perfect in the air as you walk.

At April 05, 2010 8:13 PM, Blogger Kelly C. Porter said...

As an afterthought, your "Gaucho" contains some lovely elements of of both of those scenes, and it is one of my favorite everyday perfumes. There's something uniquely mineral about it, (perhaps to do with the Africa Stone?) that I find entirely irresistible.

At April 06, 2010 9:57 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Who needs a custom perfume when you have a tropical garden?
I want to smell it now!

I'm so thrilled that you love Espionage as much as I do! It is my signature scent (though my own version contains the forbidden costus root).
Some of your ideas are just outrageous: I would have never dreamed of layering anything with "Clean". And Soap and Water (holy or not) is sometimes all we need to smell good...
Libra with a fig note would not only be wonderful smelling with the tuberose, but also appropriate, because fig is associated with Venus (which is also the ruling planet of Libra).
As for the spring version of Autumn: try Grin, which is with green pepper, green bouquet of flowers (boronia, violet, jasmine and rose) over green oakmoss and clean, sparse agarwood.

At April 06, 2010 10:03 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Fresh cut limes and lemons are a scent I can never get enough of! I like the name too. Did you know that Limon is Hebrew for lemon?

I hope one day to have the honour to create a custom perfume for you!

If that would be your custom scent, it would be amazing. But shouldn't we put some leather fringes in there too? Rose and ginger and citrus would be heavenly. I'm a bit surprised though - I thought you were more into the jasmine.

I think you will enjoy Song of Songs, it has all the notes you mentioned! As for a leathery powdery chypre, that I don't have so I will have to make it for you from scratch!

At April 06, 2010 10:08 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Both your description sound magical. Espionage has a little bit of the 1st, with its leathery presence; but if it had real castoreum it would have been even more so to that direction (castoreum smells exactly like leather bound books in dilution). And there might be a need for less florals there, and also something mineral like you describe besides the leather and old paper...

I've never been to Abruzzo, and after your magical description I want to go there. I can see how you would see elements of that in Gaucho. I'm surprised you find it mineral though - never thought about it this way. I think it must be the bitterness of the absinthe and liatrix; African stone tincture is actually more animalic and leather than anything else. Like a cross between civet and castoreum (but cruelty free, yay!).


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