Category: Nathalie Feisthauer

Fragrance Republic, 2014

Fragrance Republic was a perfume line that attempted to create a new model for producing and purchasing perfume. In 2014 nine perfumes by nine perfumers were released simultaneously. Fragrance Republic was a subscription service with different packages and pricepoints as well as the option to buy any perfume individually. The subscription/purchase plan was complicated and statements of art direction that…

Amouage Honour Man, 2011

  Honour Man, 2011. Perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer Amouage asks you to consider gender with their paired man/woman releases, the Golds, the Jubilations, the Dias, etc..  I don’t know all the Amouages, but I’m always leery of the boy/girl thing.  It seems so rote, so perfunctory, like dressing babies exclusively in blue or pink.  The quality of the perfumes, though, has…

Etat Libre d’Orange Nombril Immense, 2006

Perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer. Nombril Immense is a part of the trend of cleaned-up dirty materials. There have traditionally been a set of botanical materials that give gravity and intensity to perfume. They’re not known for their freshness or cleanliness. In fact, they’re generally known for having a ‘dirtiness’ to them. Patchouli, vetiver, labdanum, myrrhe, sandalwood, benzoin. With the ascendence of oud and the increased use of…

Versace Blonde, 1995

Perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer I’ve railed against the soliflor before (see Fracas) but I must stand up for Blonde.  I blind-bought the extrait and was surprised to find the closest thing to tuberose flower I’ve ever smelled out of a bottle.  It perfectly captures a Philip Glass-like cycle of flower, bitterness, sweetness, rottenness.  The extrait holds close to the skin after…