The summer issue of The Perfume Magazine is out, making me realise how fast this year is slipping away. I remember planning a summer holiday in Europe at the start of the year and thinking that it seemed so far away. Now the European summer is almost at its end and thankfully winter here is closing its doors for another year. In the coming months I am looking forward to the Australian summer, which is when Sydney comes alive.
This issue I wrote a piece about the scent of skin. I continually hear and read people discussing skin scents, a term that has become a bit of a buzz word over the past few years. Either a fragrance is filled with stinky smells known as animalics or subtle perfume layerings often referred to as a skin scent; modern fragrances containing minimal notes that are marketed as playing off your own body chemistry to create a unique and subtle scent. I’m not sure I believe in these statements. I’m more inclined to believe these fragrances are illusions of the scent of skin. Synthetic musks, animal notes and spices all contribute towards creating the ideal of what human skin should smell like.
Below is the link to the article. Also, there are a number of articles in this month’s issue that make for great reading. I particularly enjoyed Michael Edwards personal tribute to his friend, perfumer Guy Robert (1926-2012)