Category: Calice Becker

Estée Lauder Beyond Paradise Men, 2004

Perfumer Calice Becker High art/low art.  Pop culture/classical art.  My expectations of an episode of Dancing With the Stars, a December Nutcracker and A Merce Cunningham retrospective will be different.  It’s not just art versus entertainment.  It has to do with the intention implicit to the work, the meaning surrounding the creation and performance of the work, the history of…

digging (into) vintage: Inès de la Fressange, 1999

This fragrance might seem a bit of an oddball.  It stands yards apart from the gooey, syrupy gourmands and fruity florals of its year (1999.)  It also keeps its distance from the tradition of Beautiful Florals.  (Note: Composed by Calice Becker and released same year that she made the block-buster Beautiful Floral J’Adore for Dior.)  It is neither expansive, nor…

Balmain Vent Vert, 1991

    (image wiccanmoonsong.blogspot.com) Original, 1947 by perfumer Germaine Cellier.  1991 by perfumer Calice Becker I can understand why the classic green floral seems dated to some.  The grassy green floral is the product of an era. Each decade, the 50s, the 60s, the 70s had its own take on the genre, yet they are remarkably of a piece.  I…

by Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses, 2007

Perfumer Calice Becker Rose is a difficult flower in perfumery. It is both common and beautiful, two facets that can be difficult to reconcile. A wild rose bush is simple and pretty, yet a formal rose garden can seem conventional and staid in a way that makes rococo architecture seem light and breezy. Consider also that the rose is the…

Tom Ford Ombre de Hyacinth, 2012

The Hyacinth of Greek mythology.  (The myth being more interesting than the perfume.) Perfumer Calice Becker The opening credits of some action blockbuster movies cram in everything but the entire film itself.  A cast of stars, flash and bang to get you riled and more exposition than you’ll need.  In fact the exposition is virtually a synopsis of the film, including…

by Kilian Amber Oud, 2012

Perfumer Calice Becker. I love sweets, but there are times I would trade one of those stylized, mouthwatering desserts made from the kitchen full of component parts for a perfect croissant. Plug in whatever other $300+ perfume for the dessert, Amber Oud is the croissant. Forget that it costs half the price of a ticket to Paris to get said…

Estée Lauder Beyond Paradise, 2003

(Paradise Beyond by Yinka Shonibare) Perfumer Calice Becker Beyond Paradise is as alien as Mugler’s Angel, if not more. But Lauder hides its freak in a way that Mugler wouldn’t consider. The chief accord in Angel is synthetic in that it resembles food, but is poisonous. Beyond Paradise gives you a floral nosegay, but one made of shards of glass, sugar-coated with…