Can you believe how perfect she is for me: even her stage name, Mata Hari, means “Eye of the Dawn”. I feel as though everything about this perfume has come from some other place and has ‘clicked’, in every detail, including the name. I was contemplating other themes for the project but none could compare; none could be so romantic and daring.
I have to say that I am beyond thrilled by some of the reviews of Mata Hari Perfume… Thank you Gaia at the Non-Blonde and Monica, Michelyn and Mark at Ca Fleure Bon who really got the essence of what I was going for and especially the historical references, which I think are not only integral to feeling the perfume’s design but also to the Outlaw project in general, since what we lose with the IFRA restrictions is our access to the great masterpieces of history. I’d also like to especially thank Donna at the Portland Examiner for all of her kind, poetic words for Mata Hari. It’s really more than most artists can hope for to have their work praised but even more to feel as though ‘the message was received as intended and understood’. This is a HUGE and rare thing in Art.
One criticism (well maybe, maybe not) that seemed to show up here and there from commenters was that the ingredient list was too much…too expanded. “Why not simplify”?, you ask. My response is this : How could I economize? With the ingredient list or the bottle or any part of it? To my mind, it is not possible with the outrageous Mata Hari! It is not about ‘more being more’ but about what the design calls for. Vintage perfumes were complexity and sophistication themselves…not the more modern, streamlined ‘simple elegance’ ( which I love, too ). This style of perfume is not Zen…and it’s definitely not about austerity. It’s about ostentation and seduction. There is no way to skimp or withhold when you are Mata Hari. And so, I didn’t.
This whole project has been a delight for me. Thank you to everyone who participated from the other perfumers in the Guild to the bloggers who spent SO much time reviewing the designs and everyone who followed the scent trails around cyber space. Wishing you a wonderful December and Holiday Season~~~