CB BEAST is a delicious blend of roast beef, parsley and herbs, black pepper and spices, smoked woods, patchouli, cedar and tobacco absolute.
Several years ago, a client arrived in my studio and said, “I work for (Venerable Old French Perfume Company). My boyfriend has a senior position at (FABULOUS Venerable French Maison de Couture with many internationally classic perfumes) and he DELUGES me with their perfume. I am SURROUNDED by perfume all day every day morning till night and, although I know it is beautiful (with this I absolutely agreed), I am SICK TO DEATH of it all. I want to wear something that smells wonderful but has absolutely NOTHING to do with perfume so I came to you. She was certainly in the right place. So, I suggested she smell through my collection to see what sparked interest and for the next few hours, she did just that. Eventually she arrived with her choice. It was one of the more unusual scents from my accord collection: Roast Beef.
Now I never tell anyone what perfume to wear or not to wear. I guide and I suggest but the choice is ALWAYS up to the client and whatever the client ultimately chooses is as far as I’m concerned absolutely right. However in this case with the very elegant highly savvy young woman, I was hesitant to let her choice stand. Roast Beef is a gorgeous mouth-watering smell: rich, savory with all the gravy and roast vegetables you can imagine. I was elated when this accord was finished because it was perfect and it was very very hard to do. However, I quickly realized that I considered it to be virtually unwearable. Who wanted to smell like Sunday lunch…?
“Are you absolutely certain this is the scent you want? It is very unusual to say the least,” I said.
“Yes. It is marvelous. This is just what I want.” So I let her have it and she’s worn it for years.
Now and then I’ll design a perfume as a challenge. I’ll take a scent that I have “issues” with for one reason or another and attempt to create a scent that I find beautiful. Patchouli EMPIRE is one such scent. Cradle of Light is another. Attempting to make a proper perfume out of Roast Beef became this kind of challenge: perhaps my greatest to date. How would such a perfume be possible I wondered and I gave it much thought for several years.
In 2011, I designed two perfumes that were essentially meditations on “I Hate Perfume”. I set out to create scents that were highly pleasurable to wear yet had absolutely nothing to do with what one traditionally expected from “perfume”. The first was my “invisible” perfume, Where We Are There Is No Here. And in the fall of that year at the opposite end of that spectrum, I introduced my roast beef perfume, CB BEAST.
To smell BEAST is to be surprised. At first whiff it definitely smells very meaty and rather like an excellently seasoned beef consommé. But as it warms on the skin, it looses that literal impression and quickly becomes deep, rich, smoky, spicy, indefinable and frankly delicious. It does not smell like “perfume” but it does smell GOOD. In fact, BEAST has become one of my own personal favorites. I wear it when I feel a surprise is in order. And I find it equally perfect for cold winter days as well as sultry summer nights.
I freely admit CB BEAST is highly unusual. It is not for the faint of heart. BEAST is for the Bold, the Brave and the Daring. But I will say it is an excellent "perfume" for those who are not interested in "perfume".