CB ON PERFUME

I was once asked to sum up my work in three words or less. It took me about two seconds to arrive at: “Scent is Life.”

And so it is. We live because we breathe and with each breath, we smell. This is inevitable. The Sense of Smell is our first and most immediate link to the world around us. It reminds us of what (and who) we love. Smell is perhaps the most complex sense we possess and possibly this is why it is the least understood and most often taken for granted… Yet we also know, that none of the other senses can touch us so profoundly as scent. Not even music can stir the mind & heart so powerfully as one tiny whiff. Scent is always individual. Your sense of smell is one of the most unique things about you – more individual than your fingerprints, than the shape of your ear, than the pattern of your retina. Your sense of smell is one of the most important factors that defines you as YOU. The way you respond to any scent is unlike anyone else’s – no one remembers what you do, no one feels what you feel. There is a reason you remember certain scents so fondly – it’s the way nature designed you. Scent is the record of your own special life – it’s your experience. My mission is to capture that experience. I bottle it so you can have it, use it and love it whenever you wish. I can give you scent experiences you never dreamed possible. I create perfumes as unique & individual as those who wear them. And I use a great many scents never before thought of as “perfume”. But I know these are just the scents that really hit us where we live – they’re the ones we remember and love. These scents are life.

To me, this is what the art of perfume is all about.

HOW I MAKE PERFUME

For me, perfume is a special individual experience so I prefer to keep things small. I design all my perfumes myself and each is carefully compounded, blended and bottled by hand here in my workshops. My traditional methods are laborious but allow me to create perfumes that are unique and impossible to mass-produce. Should you visit the gallery on certain days, you can see for yourself my assistants and I making perfume.

Perfume is an art always informed by science and the look of my perfumes reflects that marriage. The bottles and boxes I use are drawn from laboratory equipment and the materials of the artist’s studio. They are elegantly spare yet constantly remind that the point of a perfume is its scent. Perfume is meant to be enjoyed.