The perfume I wear every other day is my own 'Merchants of Menace'. It's still my favourite after all these years and the one that draws the most comments on me. I don't wear any fragrance when I'm working as I need a clean nose. 99% of the time I wear one of my own fragrances - apart from 'Merchants of Menace' I absolutely love 'The Blossom Thief' and 'Cabinet of Curiosities'. The other perfumes I do occasionally wear are Underworld by Soivohle, and Muscs Koublaï Khän by Serge Lutens. I also enjoy the perfumes of Christopher Brosius and CdG.Read More
My eyesight may be pretty rubbish, but God gave me a cracking sense of smell - I love cologne and probably rotate between 6 - 8 at any one time. Taking the time to hunt down interesting fragrances that few people have is a good habit too. I tend to find the most interesting fragrances when I travel, as there're many obscure perfumeries in Europe whose products never make it to Australia.Read More
I actually shouldn’t say I never wear scents when I’m off duty. I do, not often, but sometimes, so I’ll answer the question by listing some of my scents on my shelf in front of me: Terre d’Hermès, Vetyverio Diptyque, French Lime Blossom Jo Malone, Menthe Fraiche James Heeley, 2 (women) Comme des Garcons, Un Jardin sur le Nil Hermès, Oud Wood Tom Ford. Actually there are more than a dozen others. Not to sound too whatever, but they’re like dreams in bottles.
About: Chandler Burr is the curator of olfactory art at the Museum of Art and Design in New York and former scent writer at the New York Times. He hosts regular scent dinner parties and is singlehandedly redefining the way we perceive perfume.
I switch up my fragrance every few years - eras of my life could be purely catergorised by scent. When I first arrived in Bangkok I started wearing Daisy by Marc Jacobs, it's a perfect match for a city rich in scent with young coconuts, mangoes & incense or uh, day old trash in the hot heat (my solid Daisy parfum ring proved to be a saviour on this front).Read More
Right now I'm wearing a fragrance called Duro by Nasomatto, which is sort of the essence of 'sexy guy'. In 2008 the perfume reviewer Luca Turin - in typical charming fashion - described it along the lines of smelling like an Italian's crotch. I think it’s dead sexy and if I’m not wearing it I make my husband wear it.
About: Saskia is the founder of the Institute for Art and Olfaction in Los Angeles. She is essentially the Robin Hood of the independent perfume industry gathering funding to provide perfumers and artists incredible opportunities to work together.
I currently wear My Indian Childhood by D S & Durga. It's a pretty full on patchouli scent, which is strange as that was a smell I really didn't like in my childhood. Maybe it's the earth mother coming out in me now! I discovered this brand about three years ago whilst in NZ at a stockist of mine: Simon James Design at The Department Store. I bought my husband DS & Durga's Freetrapper a while ago and it's been his signature ever since. The description itself is enough to make you want to invest in it:
"Beaver trappers were the cowboys of early America. Renegade mountaineers of the Jacksonian era who cut trails through the wild in search of beaver pelts – prized by hatters, doctors, & perfumers. Dark cedar, snake root, synthetic beaver castor, & wild bergamot".Read More
About: Nella's a true believer in the positive, transformative power of good make up. She will try anything in the name of beautifying herself and divulges all on her site, Beauté Gazette.
I wear Comme Des Garçons 2, Victor and Rolf's Flowerbomb, Lolita by Lolita Lempicka and Britney Spears' Curious. Comme Des Garçons 2 is my favourite fragrance. I have no idea why I love it so much! I mean, apart from the fact it is a fantastic label in general, 2 seems to react best to my skin. Victor & Rolf's Flowerbomb and Lolita are super girlie fragrances and I wear them when I'm feeling more florally. Curious was a gift from a family friend and they definitely thought that as I am a young woman, I would love anything Britney. Truth be told, I don't hate it and I will wear it on the odd occasion.
I wear a perfume called Amber by Prada. It was given to me four years ago by my best friend, Jessica Valin, an amazing Swedish creative director. I've used it ever since and I love it so much. I don't normally buy perfumes because I'm terrrible at shopping. I also only wear them for special occassions so they last a lot longer for me. When this one runs out I dont know what I'll wear.
About: Sam's a photographer and artist who loves doing experimental fashion shoots for exhibitions. Samuelhodge.com
I'm modest when it comes to fragrances and like most aspects of my outer being, including my hairdo, shoes and clothing, I tend to find what I like and stick with it. For years I used the first Marc Jacobs fragrance (Marc Jacob's for Women), as I loved the gardenia scent, but last year I changed it up and now use Jo Malone's Vintage Gardenia Cologne. I also keep Diptyque's Philosykos Solid Perfume close at hand, which was a birthday present from dear friends Nic and Susien during their Paris travels, and will turn to to L'Occitane's Rose Solid Perfume if I'm having a nostalgic moment.
About: Gen is an ever-so talented Australian photographer who divides her time between cities shooting pictures with soul for fashion magazines and clients. See her work at genkay.com and genkay.com/blog.