House of Cherry Bomb is thrilled to introduce Iris Oud, the new Grande Dame of the HOCB Atelier line. We have embraced classic French perfumery for this fragrance, blending an array of natural iris, violet and vanilla notes with our sultry and complex Oud accord; created of vintage and rare oils from around the world, with a base of deep forest notes, touches of honey, and echos of Arabian jasmine.
Deep, decadent, elegant and remarkably complex, Iris Oud is a perfume which carries many secrets within. We played with a melange of vintage notes vibrating with leather-smoke-dirt, enwrapping the more delicate beeswax absolute, powdery florals. Yet, there is a humidity within: chypre and fougère that resonate with moss and earth.
The fragrance recollects evening forests: silken slippers treading on wet, fallen leaves, satin cloaks caught on dark branches overhead.
Iris Oud whispers a tale if you take a moment to listen…
Iris Oud is available in a 1 oz EDP hand- etched bottle adorned with a violet leather ribbon at both American Perfumer and House of Cherry Bomb’s Etsy for $100.00.
House of Cherry Bomb has always been more than a fragrance collaboration between we two perfumers. Diving into film making is something we have been flirting with on and off for years, and now we are thrilled to announce a … Continue reading →
FANTASTIC REVOLUTION PERFUME REVIEW FROM COLOGNOISSEUR
Pussy is a perfume meant to capture that sense of women’s advocacy. The perfumers choose to display that by using a deep floral accord clenched in a leather fist.
Resist is an homage to the last fifty-plus years of active non-violent protest in the US. Every march has taken place on the streets. The smell of the urban landscape is what the perfumers capture by using sets of accords meant to capture pieces of that.
Collaboration can be tricky, yet Alexis Karl, Brooklyn based Artist/Musician/Perfumer/Professor/Lecturer, and Maria McElroy, American-born Artist/Perfumer/Japanophile/ Tea Sommelier/ Master Flower Arranger/ Aromatherapist/ NYC/ Kyoto/ Marrakech make it look not only easy, but fun. They each maintain their own distinct fragrance lines, Maria with Aroma M and Alexis with Scent by Alexis, but their joint-effort has led them to their alter-ego, House of Cherry Bomb (HOCB). Through HOCB they have created a myriad of fragrances with distinct collections namely: Atelier, Immortal Mine II and most recently Revolution Perfumes.
In February, HOCB was collaborating with visual artist Jared Boechler, at the Sheen Center in NYC, and created a series of six impressive scent compositions that connected to and illuminated Boechler’s still life paintings. The exhibit made me want to find out what brought these two together, and learn more about their process.
“I was very aware of the role that scent played in my own life, often acting as a sort of remedy,” Boechler told us. “For these works in particular, the scents they are paired with are quite often the antithesis of what is being depicted. The scents are meant to level out the unrest of the work, just as I’ve noticed it’s capable of doing for me personally in day-to-day life.”
House of Cherry Bomb was thrilled to be a part of Jared Boechler’s extraordinary exhibition, creating fragrances for the provocative, haunting selection of paintings in February 2018 at the Sheen Center in Soho, NYC. Six scents were created for … Continue reading →
“Immortal Beloved opens on tobacco flower a lot of it. This is the continuation of Immortal Mine which ended with tobacco. Immortal Mine opens with the tobacco flower which is the same but not the same just as Clarimonde in her new form is. Then we get two fantastic nods to the living dead as a desiccated henna and the funeral flower of choice lily add a sense of the cemetery. This is a fabulous piece of interpretation that I enjoyed very much. The base accord is like the tobacco flower as the recapitulation of the amber and oud ensnared in beeswax from Immortal Mine. Except in Immortal Beloved they are a mix of vintage ouds and fossilized ambers. I smelled a couple of these raw materials on that year ago visit; the fossilized amber is amazing by itself. Here the perfumers have allowed it to provide the power of the ages to Clarimonde.”
Immortal Beloved is a hauntingly floral oriental chypre: it hovers.
It opens with silvery shafts of light on whose heels the warm/cool florals melt and spread their wings. I say ‘warm/cool’, because tobacco flower is precious and full-bodied, warm and a bit moist – while henna blossom always feels drily warm to me. Muguet always feels chilly and moist, slightly verdant even – but floral in the extreme. We have voluptuous, fearless flowers shrouded in a diaphanous shawl of ambergris [salty and serene], a sigh of labdanum, the vanillic salutation. Beeswax imparts its honeyed animalic tone, underscoring the carnality of Immortal Beloved. Oud spins a delicate web of sorcery [yes, oud!] beneath the silvery cocoon which grazes our skin.
We are suspended between the waking and dreaming world in a divine limbo of existence