If you're a fragrance lover in Gotham, you'll want to be at the Anthropologie in Rockefeller Center every evening from March 31 to April 1. The store is hosting a series of fragrance workshops run by some of the industry's finest noses. On the 30th, Le Labo will be talking about "The Art of Perfume" from 6-7pm, followed by "Botanical Essences" with Strange Invisible Perfumes from 7-8pm. To find out what else is on offer, and how to sign up, just keep reading.
If you're the sort of oenophile who doesn't mind dropping $300 for a bottle of good wine, then Strange Invisible Perfumes' latest scent endeavor is going to make you very happy. The fragrance, which was created in collaboration with California's Colgin Cellars winery, is called Essence of IX ($320), after the vineyard's famed ninth estate.
Given its price, it's good that the partnership produced a thoroughly singular scent. IX opens smelling exactly like a Napa wine cellar on a rainy day: full of resinous, oaky must, then progressing quickly to a sage and bergamot botanical musk with a touch of rose inflected at the edges. The entire scent is pretty close to the skin, but the body and dry down particularly so, with loads of lavender and woody notes for a soft finish.
Wearing it really does feel like taking a winery tour on a March afternoon right before a rainstorm, which is a testament to SIP's ability to capture and relay scent memories. Next, I vote they re-create San Francisco's Conservatory of Flowers in a fragrance — I'd be on that one no matter the price.
Strange Invisible Perfumes (SIP) is a "company in love with flowers," and it's obvious. The natural approach to perfumery, using pure plants along with a narrative twist, is a little avant-garde and a whole lot luxurious. Even their unusual name comes from a quote in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra: "From the barge, a strange invisible perfume hits the sense of the adjacent wharfs."
On March 1, the small environmentally-friendly perfume house is set to release its "Florals for a New Era" collection, which showcases three traditional aromas: lily of the valley, rose, and gardenia ($175 to $210). But these aren't the drab scents of yesteryear. Find out what I thought about each one when you read more