It’s not the first time that I have been late to my own party. It’s a full moon in Pisces… I’ve been lost swimming today.
Not literally swimming but I did get lost in another world. Maybe it’s all just Pandora…the new perfume that I have been working on that came together to launch on the site today. I’m still under it’s spell… so I think I will just be posting the artist statement that I had prepared for it. After all, what else can I say? (I’m sure I’ll think if something. 😉 )
Pandora: A Beautiful Evil
The “Beautiful Evil” is a quote from the story of Pandora as told by the Greek, Hesiod. She is the all gifted, all giving one, a singular woman and synonymous with Eve in many respects. It is she who opens humankind to the knowledge of good and evil and ultimately breaks the utopian ideal. With Pandora, mankind has plagues but also knowledge and maturity. She opens the door to truth and hope.
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I first began this design as a ‘project’ scent that had very specific criteria. The gist of the original “brief” was to utilize only materials on a set list. This list was comprised of numerous, relatively new materials available to the natural perfumer circa 2011. From this somewhat limited palette (of all natural materials) I derived most of my inspiration for Pandora focusing on a new way of interpreting a classic accord, Mousse de Saxe, out of these ‘new’ materials.
Along the way, my focus changed and the original project fell away, which released me from all limitations. It was at this point that the name changed along with my focus… and the final concept emerged: Pandora. It expresses a new and an old energy; something ancient and modern, too. There is something “retro” in the mousse de saxe reference but with the addition of oakmoss (not on the list) and some subtle aldehydes and ozone (also not on the list) it’s right here and now.
In the final design, I utilized 97.5% botanicals and a mere 2.5% synthetic content. It is that last addition that polishes the whole and brings it into complete focus. Amazingly, it’s the synthetics that turned out to be the ultimate catalyst, both creatively and aesthetically.
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The notes for DSH Pandora are :
Top: ruby fruits (botanical accord), bergamot, aldehyde, spice notes, ozone, violet leaf absolute, davana, cassis bud, green and pink pepper
Heart: rose de mai absolute, juhi jasmine, linden blossom absolute, yerba maté absolute, cabreuva wood, orris co2, green tea absolute
Base: mousse de saxe accord (botanical) , cyperus, fossilized amber absolute, ambergris tincture, patchouli co2, vetiver co2, muhuhu, australian sandalwood, tonka bean absolute, oakmoss green, vanilla absolute.
* the image is Odilon Redon’s “Pandora”. Redon is one of my favorite artists and on going inspiration. Image found here.
And for some really wonderful writing and reviews of Pandora, check out the following blogs:
A HUGE thank you to everyone who showed up and wanted to support the first launch of Pandora! ❤ Much love to you all!!
ps: there’s a draw at the linked blogs for a 3 ml mini spray of Pandora EdP; be sure to leave a comment at all of the blogs to increase your chance of winning! hoo hoo! 🙂 *****We’re having a draw here as well, so please leave a comment to enter!***** the draw ends at 12 noon Sunday, September 18, 2011 (mountain time).
(and pps: We’ve also decided to do a little impromptu sale until the end of September: use member code “extra15” to get 15% off anything at the site!)