Wednesday, February 8, 2012
I gazed upon the cloudless moon,
And loved her all the night,
Till morning came and radiant noon,
And I forgot her light-
No, not forget-eternally
Remains its memory dear;
But could the day seem dark to me
Because the night was fair?
I'm so pleased to announce the latest perfume offering from Alchemologie, Moonrise.
When Pam Grossman of Observatory Room approached me to create a perfume for a group show based on the moon I agreed on the condition that she collaborate with me on it. I walked away wondering, "Ok, now, what does the moon smell like". When Pam and I sat down to begin she brought with her a list of plants that were historically said to be connected to the moon. The most obvious place to start on that list was with an artemesia, inspired by the Greek goddess, Artemis, who represents the new moon. Artemis is portrayed in the fragrance by a few spare drops of wormood in the top note, supported by bergamot and petitgrain. The heart of the perfume is made of luminous jasmine, honey absolute and balanced with rose. Sandalwood, frankincense and oak moss form the base chord. The finished perfume, Moonrise, made it's debut at the opening of Lunation: Art on the Moon on January 7th. Two lunar inspired cocktails I created were served at the event, The Honeymoon (oat and honey soaked vodka with milk and sandalwood oil) and Dark Side of the Moon (tangerine spiked vodka with homemade creme de cacao and jasmine).