Today is Saint Nicolas, the one with gold coins. Every time I meet an artist, a writer or a perfumer I say the same things - GOLD is the most important thing because you have all the rest. It is very very sad, once you study art history, to notice that people lived with few money, but their works, once they are presented to the world in a retrospective, made the fortune of others, whether material or immaterial (the knowledge "extracted" from one's experience). Because the perfume is the most immaterial thing, the rules are different from any other aspect of the human existence. The ethic is the one from the plant world.
The perfumer needs GOLD to deliver the message of every consumer to his own GOD. It is not a metaphor. A perfumer doesn't need the consumer to practice his art. A small lab with small vials is anything needed to make every day a work of art equal to any Rembrandt. Flowers produce scent for other reasons than ... pollination.
Perfume for others is business - sharing the individual expression of an art which can be made, as many centuries ago for the happy few. Count the number of perfumers and the number of rich people they could work for if they decide that industry with ever changing regulations is not interesting anymore.
When a perfumer "bottles" something precious, he shares to the world experiences other might never dream of. In a bottle you have the island where you might never go. Is perfume quintessential to LIFE? Try to remove all those small things which spice up your life this winter .... Every drop of precious volatile artwork contains a civilization. Rosemary, sandalwood, ginger, cinnamon are not only "ingredients" like paint on canvas. Salvation comes with scent, it is the subject of a serious study about the art more than 800 years ago.
For this reason, I always insist that a perfumer MUST be well paid and sent around the world to bring more experiences. Recognition is often a form of vanity, but what makes the perfumer able to produce miracles is GOLD - the variety of ingredients, the experiences, the scent treasures. If you design for a designer, the entire collection is needed even before the brief is discussed. GOLD is needed to dine in rich places when you have rich clients. You have to smell the people, their food, their drinks.
A perfumer fulfills desires of many kinds. If you want a drop of perfume on Earth, put a gold coin - this art goes to the sky if left alone.
In this Hungarian Barack Palinka liqueur small bottle I preserve a perfume I bought in the 90's - it is a masterpiece, but the bottle was not well designed to preserve the scent in the future. I had to change it several years after I bought it. The scent contains an amazing product from Firmenich from the Tuberanthia family. A magic scent in a plain bottle with a low price. After so many years, the author is unknown to me, the brand went bankrupt many years ago and probably the other bottles left in Europe are evaporated because of the cheap plastic cap. It goes very well with a scent from TodayTomorrowAlways AVON trilogy and Bolt of Lighting (JAR). I plan something for the "lost flower", around a theme I present this week on the other website.
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