January 2014: Winter's Cocoon

January 01, 2014

The parties have ended. The twinkling lights have been stored away. And moments after the old year exited in an explosion of fireworks, the new one settled around us like a thick blanket. 

This is the season of quiet. Of footsteps muffled by snow. Nature pushes us indoors to cocoon through winter’s harshest days as we think and worry and dream. 

For this month, we've chosen three scents to accompany us through this season of quiet as we prepare to emerge into a new year.


Lightscape, by Ulrich Lang New York, explores the interplay between the bold freshness of galbanum and Sicilian lemon against the delicate refinement of violet. At first spray, it's a bright blast of fresh, sunny citrus and crisp, bitter greens, softening when the violet-iris heart emerges. Lang's love of perfumery is intertwined with his love of modern photography, as you'll see when we talk to him about some of his collaborations with photographers.


Field Notes from Paris, by Ineke, is one of this artists' most beloved works. And we're pretty sure that you'll know why when you smell it. It's a a woody oriental with fresh top notes of citrus and spicy coriander, a floral and tobacco heart, and a rich, warm, woody dry down. G ourmand but never too sweet, sophisticated but casual, beloved by male and female fans alike. There's nothing quite like Field Notes from Paris, which must be why it captures so many fans on first sniff. 


Violette Fumée, by Mona di Orio, shows a side of violet that we don't often see: sultry, smoky, and mysterious. Ms. di Orio composed this personal scent for her partner, Jeroen Oude Sogtoen, the creative director of Maison Mona di Orio, over two years. After Mona's untimely passing, Jeroen decided to release this scent to the world, and we're glad he did. Violette Fumée is a soft, sweet symphony of violet, rose, pipe tobacco, and myrrh. It is, Jeroen says, " a creation that holds echoes of my dreams, emotions, colors, sounds, favorite fabrics, favorite movies, and music."

We wish you all the happiest of new years. We wish you health, love, and a heightened appreciation for the beautiful things in the world around you: the smells, the sights, the sounds, and the textures that make this life such a treasure.  

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