viernes, mayo 25, 2018


Was born on a May day out of a crystalline droplet of dew, just when the first rays of the morning were cutting through the gloominess of the night. As soon as her eyes were wide opened, measuring it all around for the first time through its translucent pupils, a dream-like image opened before her. Slowly, let herself slip over the palm leaf until she touched the ground with her small leaves feet. The grass was tickling the blue sky. Tall pines, like shadows devouring the light throughout the blooming trees while fulfilling the air with their penetrating scent, a sea of green shinning shy under the Sun's reflection, and birds singing lively among unopened buds, singing her arrival. It has been a while since the last drop of dew had fallen, the cold and the darkness seem to finally rise up, leaving room for the light, for the Sun to shine again. Even the night was different without its light, the sky missed its radiance and the stars stopped shining, covering it all in a silent obscurity.
Waked up like after a long dream, she's trying to cover her breathtakingly beautiful nakedness with velvety greenery while her small hands of fine silk were softly caressing the tall trees' majestic wooden armor.
- Where am i? Who am i? she whispers afraid to wake up from the reverie. - Lily! You are Lily of the Valley! softly whispers back the Nature.
She smiles, it isn't a dream. Spring arrived and she announce it by gracefully shaking her white bells.

lunes, mayo 14, 2018


With my friend's Dana from Nas de Nas permission I'll borrow the idea of the Weekend Report, because my short weekend was an adventure way too beautiful to not to be told nor shared with all of you.
It all started with an idea that soon grew its own wings and became a real thing - together with my sister's boyfriend we planned to surprise for her 33rd birthday. 

Ticket bought, luggage done, gifts - all checked. After a nice take-off (I give a 9 to the pilot for not making me feel like i touched the sky in 5 seconds and for taking things with calmness, i took 1 away because no one is perfect) came a 2.30 hours flight from Madrid to London and another 2.30 hours drive to Charminster to spend only 24h with my sis (totally worth it!). One big shock as soon as she opened the door and saw me standing right there, in front of her... Checked! The surprise worked marvelously and it was a complete success (yay for us, Karl)! An hour after my arrival, hugs, kisses and tons of laughs included, she still couldn't believe i was there, next to her. Anyway, I didn't even had time to catch up my breath as plans started to be made. All on board, let the marathon begun.
We started by visiting the small village of  Charminster where my sister lives and works at the moment. Situated in the west Dorset and north of the county town Dorchester, on the River Cerne, Charminster's name evolved from Cerneminster that derives from the river's name - Cerne and the "minster" church of Saint Mary (which ironically is about to be transformed into a gym - from a kind of faith to another - from the spiritual to the bodybuilding one). 

St. Mary church

A beautiful village with small country roads shadowed by old trees that met their branches at the half way and seem to melt together forming green crowns around the road, surrounded by farms, old and modern houses fitting perfectly together in the landscape and historic buildings whose walls hide untold histories.

The hospital where my sister works at.  

Country road

A farm

View from my sister's flat

A short history of Dorset: it is formed by small villages, mostly hills and wide vales, farms and a coastline, which besides all the small harbours and islands around, includes one of the biggest harbours in the world - Poole Harbour that lie atop Western Europe's largest onshore oil field (produces oil since 1960). Dorset's geographic diversity are typically lowland in nature, and ones of the most beautiful I've seen. I honestly thought i was lost somewhere in time and in other space, far away from my "loud" city, lost in an oasis of nature and serenity. A cure for my noisy brain. Mostly of Dorset's is part of Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, which stretches for 155 km, between Studland and Exmouth in Devon and documents the entire Mesozoic era, from Triassic to Cretaceous - with important fossils, like the first complete Ichthyosaur discovered in 1811 by Mary Anning.
Following we visited village by the sea called Weymouth, where after a short walk by the shore we stopped at a Romanian restaurant to have one of their special meal - Stew in bread with scallions (it was delicious, thank you Cristina!).

Weymouth's beach is popular for sea bathing, was frequented by King George III. 

The sand on Weymouth's beach was voted the best for making sandcastle. 

Bus stop.

A mix of old and new - a phone booth transformed into an ATM. 
Romanian Stew in bread. 

Next on the list was Dorchester, Dorset's county town, is an historic market town whose roots stem back to prehistoric times where different tribes lived since 4000 BC until the Romans arrived, in 43 AD. Dominated by Vikings (790) and Saxons, by 864, Dorchester survived later in time to several serious fires (1613, 1622, 1725, 1775). A city that stood up all of its enemies, including time. 

All Saints Church 

Dorset Museum

Dorchester's main Street. 

After a stop at Sun Inn where i enjoyed the coldness of a cider beer with my beautiful sister, the night ended up in the city's old movie theater - it was exactly like i imagine the 60s movie theaters looked like back in the days. 

Local pub - Sun Inn. 

On Sunday, although i only had 3 hours to spare until leaving for London to pick up the flight back to Madrid, we hit the road again and paid a visit to the Island of Portland, a limestone tied island in the English Channel and the center of the Jurassic Site. With impressive views, prehistoric limestones and a Harbour built of stone breakwaters, Portland was a Royal Army base and played an important role during both, the First and the Second World's, Wars and it also was used for the 2012 Olympic Games as a recreational area.

On top of the hill. 


Prehistoric fossils  

Monument for those who fall in the First World War. 

Recreational area back in 2012 for the Olympic Games. 

From the top of the hill to the Fleet Lagoon that Portland forms with Weymouth, crossing the bridge to the mainland, we took a final stop in order to have a traditional English Breakfast  - toast with smoked salmon and eggs for me and my sister, because the sausages with beans, jam, scrambled eggs and tomatoes were too much for us, but not for Karl thou who heroically conquered the whole plate. 

Weymouth's Harbour  

Smoked salmon with scrambled eggs on toast. 

English Breakfast  

So here i am, at the airport, waiting for my flight to take off, trying to finish this weekend's report inspired by one of the greatest short trips i had in my life (if not the greatest), surrounded by beautiful people all over the world, with a stress level considerably reduced to the normal limits of relaxation, tired but with my heart full of joy and happiness and with several new perfumed friends in my bag, most of them courtesy of my sister.

How my hand luggage looked like. 

Happy birthday, beautiful! 
You are the best. Love. Xoxo 

Thanks to lady Wikipedia for all of the historical and geographical data. 

sábado, mayo 12, 2018

Tian Di

ESP: Fundada como joyería en Buenos Aires por Natalia Outeda, Frassaï amplia su actividad agregando una línea de velas y, en 2017, tres perfumes creados en colaboración con los perfumistas Yann Vasnier, Rodrigo Flores Roux y Olivier Gillotin.
Después de probar intensivamente su línea de perfumes, que en este momento incluye Tian Di, Blondine y Verano Porteño, debo decir que de lejos Tian Di es mi favorito.

"En un jardín escondido en las nubes, en el mítico Monte Kunlun, el melocotonero de Xiwangmu es una escalera cósmica que conecta el cielo y la tierra. Una vez cada 3000 años cuando los melocotones maduran se celebra un lujoso banquete. Ofrecido a las deidades y a la realeza, se dice que el mero aroma de esta fruta divina otorga la inmortalidad. Con elegancia simple y belleza tenue, Tian Di invita a esta comunión mística con un ritual en fragancia: incienso terroso, ricas flores verdes, elixir de melocotón y maderas calmantes se unifican para abrir la mente, purificar el cuerpo y despertar el espíritu ".
Semiacida y dulce, fruto de luz y deseo, iluminada con jengibre, revivida por el verdor del gálbano, abrazada a la calidad aromática del incienso, Tian Di inicia su viaje sensorial con un iris terroso bañado en semillas de zanahoria y maderas cremosas que se funden en la tenue piel tejiendo juntos una manta fría que cubre la madurez de un melocotón suculento.
Tian Di, al igual que el fruto del pecado original, abre un nuevo mundo delante de mis ojos hablándome en un idioma que sin saber ya dominaba.

ENG: Founded as a jewel house, in Buenos Aires by Natalia Outeda, Frassaï extended its activity by adding a line of candles and, in 2017, three perfumes created in collaboration with perfumers Yann Vasnier, Rodrigo Flores Roux and Olivier Gillotin
After an intensive testing of their perfume line, which at the moment include Tian Di, Blondine and Verano Porteño, i must say that Tian Di is my very favorite.
"In a garden hidden by clouds, on the mythical Mount Kunlun, Xiwangmu’s peach tree is a cosmic ladder that connects heaven and earth. Once every 3000 years the peaches ripen, and a lavish banquet is held. Offered to deities and royalty alike, it is said that the mere scent of this divine fruit grants immortality. With simple elegance and subdued beauty, Tian Di invites this mystical communion with a ritual in fragrance. Earthy incense, rich green flowers, peach elixir and calming woods culminate to open the mind, purify the body and awaken the spirit."
Semiacid and sweet fruit of light and desire, brightened with ginger, revived by the greenness of the galbanum, embraced to the aromatic quality of the frankincense, Tian Di starts its sensory journey with earthy iris spread with woods that merge into the warm skin knitting together a cold blanket covering the ripeness of a succulent peach. 
Tian Di, just like the fruit of original sin, opens a new world in front of my eyes talking to me in a language i was already fluent. 

lunes, mayo 07, 2018

Perfumes inspired by books

The power of the storytelling of the perfume industry in general is not just a tale, is a fact. Fragrances sell better if they have an inspirational story behind their creation. Books are an expression of the unlimited human's imagination, then why not to use them as an inspirational story for perfume making?

Portrait of a Lady by Editions de Parfum Frederic Malle is named after the novel by Henry James. Initially published as a serial in two magazines from 1880 to 1981, in 1880 is published as a book - The Portrait of a Lady and it's one of James' most popular novels. The Portrait of a Lady is the story of a young American woman, Isabel Archer, who after inherits a large amount of money falls as a victim into the hands of two mischievous American expatriates.

B612 and respectively Vain&Naïve by Nishane are inspired by the book The Little Prince. Vain&Naïve is a sheer woody rose and represents the flower that grows on the Little Prince planet and doesn't smell like anything else he experienced before, and B-612 (a personal favorite of mine) is a beautiful aromatic fragrance, mixing lavander with cedar, sandalwood and a touch of tonka and oakmoss in order to recreate the ambience of the planet of Little Prince, which was actually an Asteroid called B-612 first discovered by a Turkish Astronomer according to the book.

Forever Amber is a new fragrance by Technique Indiscrete inspired by the historical romantic novel by the same name, written by Kathleen Windsor.
In 1644, after breaking her engagement since childhood with her neighbor John Mainwaring  for political reasons and war matters, during a break from war Judith is visited by John and they consummate their relationship. Being pregnant, Judith has to leave her family and move to a farm under another name. She dies giving birth to her baby daughter, but not before naming her Amber after the colour of her father's eyes. This is when Amber's journey begins...

Baudelaire by Byredo is inspired by Baudelaire 's Fleurs du Mal "... A lazy isle to which nature has given singular trees, savory fruits, men with bodies vigorous and slender, and women in whose eyes shines a startling candor ... "
(Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal, Parfum exotique, 5-8).

Most of Jardin d'Ecrivans fragrances are inspired by books or authors that left their prints in the history of the writing.
George, the first fragrance of the brand, was inspired by the most modern woman of the romantic age - Amantine-Lucille-Aurore Dupin, known as George Sand. 
Gigi is inspired by Colette's novel, published in 1944. Gigi is about a young woman groomed to be a courtesan and her relationship with a wealthy man named Gaston who falls in love with her and eventually marries her. Gigi was taken to the cinema in 1949 and later, in 1951, was adapted for theater by Anita Loos. The main character was played by a young and not known at the time Audrey Hepburn.
Wide was inspired by Oscar's famous aphorisms to express an olfactive figure of speech. "So that man thought that the important thing was to have, and did not know that the important thing is to be."
Orlando is the scented interpretation of Virginia's Wolf, Orlando: A Biography, a novel published in 1928 a satire inspired by the history of Virginia's lover family.
In 1953 William S. Burroughs publishes under the name of William Lee, Junky: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict, a semi-autobiographical novel inspired by his experience as a drug addict and dealer. In 2014 uses this novel as an inspiration for a perfume with the same name, Junky.
Marlowe, Christopher also known as Kit Marlowe is a fragrance inspired by the bad boy of the  Elizabethan era. Playwright, poet and translator, he influenced William Shakespeare.
Ajar is a chameleon-like fragrance that speaks about reincarnation, as described by its nose. Inspired by Romain Gary, pen name Émile Ajar, which was a French diplomat, novelist, film director and World War II aviator of Lithuanian Jewish origin and also the first novelist to have won the Prix Goncourt under two different names.
La Dame aux Camélias inspired by a novel by Alexandre Dumas fils first published in 1848, adapted by same author for stage and later Giuseppe Verdi set about putting the story to music.

Although inspired by imaginary authors and books "Imaginary Authors is born from the concept of scent as art and art as provocation. Like a good book, these scents are meant to inspire you. In these bottles are layered narratives that are sure to generate stirring conversation, fragrances that might be capable of changing the course of your own personal story. The hope is that they not only invigorate and intoxicate, but also take you to new places."