I’m back from Japan, yay! We, as in the husband and I, may have only been gone for 9 days but we have taken away a lifetime’s worth of wonderful experiences that will make for very precious memories in years to come. I will be detailing some of the fragrant-elements of our honeymoon in the next week or so, but whilst I fight the jet lag and before normal blog-service resumes, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I gave for Givaudan’s iPerfumer website.
If you’re not familiar with iPerfumer, it is an iPhone and Android app that keeps you updated with fragrant news and launches, as well as making perfume recommendations. I was asked to take part in a brief interview for the iPerfumer blog, in which I chatted perfume (of course) including my top 5, favourite launches this year so far, and how I decided to start blogging about the subject. If that sufficiently piques your interest, you can read my interview here!
‘Rubbing Noses’ is a new series, in which I, The Candy Perfume Boy, grill the most important members of the perfume industry – the perfumers. These are the brains and noses behind the perfumes we know and love, and their unrivalled insight into one of the world’s most ancient of arts is something to be treasured, enjoyed and shared.
For my very first episode of ‘Rubbing Noses’ I am posing questions to a perfumer whose body of work includes such gems as; Etat Libre d’Orange’s Jasmin et Cigarette, Comme des Garçons’ Stephen Jones, Aqua di Parma’s Magnolia Nobile and Bottega Veneta Pour Homme. I am of course referring to Antoine Maisondieu and I think that we can all agree that his fragrant back catalogue is quite impressive, with a wide variety of perfumes that make him a perfumer that cannot be pinned down to a particular genre or style.
One of Antoine Maisondieu’s latest creations is the beautiful California Rêverie for Van Cleef & Arpels’ Collection Extraordinaire (a perfume that I’m quite smitten with of late). In our Q&A, we discuss this new fragrance, the inspiration behind it and how this talented perfumer manages to take heavy materials and make them feel as light and soft as a summer breeze. We also talk IFRA and the smell of California, so all-in-all it’s a very intriguing read with a well-respected perfumer who is undeniably interesting in a varied number of ways.