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.
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“Violet Green Tea Honeysuckle (let’s abbreviate it as VGTH) opens as a green grass and cool violets. With wear the violets get more tangy, like unripe raspberries. This bitter fruitiness mingles with a sheer, airy honeysuckle. It wears exactly as the name implies – violets and honeysuckles. VGTH dries down to powdery woods which reminds me of a vintage dressing table – violet powder and lacquered woods.”
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“Tobacco Cognac seems like something out of French New Wave. It’s late nights smoking cigarettes having indifferent conversations, drinking cognac while wearing frayed wool sweaters, shorts and dock shoes. It’s lazy weekday mornings sunbathing on the little beaches of a forgotten French resort town in a faded polka dot bikini.”
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“Pink Haze is heady and gives a powerful aroma much like the gardenia. Its aroma is maintained by not overpowering with its powder-like sillage that lasted well over seven hours.
It is grounded and earthy just like what Brooklyn represents with its lined streets of store buildings and subways of trains that go to every part of the city and beyond. It gives new meaning to leaving in the city. It gives beauty, warmth and a vibrate attribute to nature. “
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Cherry Bomb Girls on the fragrant red carpet.
Tobacco Cognac is a dark, heady scent of 35 million year old fossilized amber oil, touches of honey, hints of ambergris, chestnut, cassis, brandy and the scent of decadent, aged cognac that leaves a trail of tobacco in its wake. Worn by men and women alike, this fragrance can take you from daytime strolls in Manhattan to darkened Brooklyn speakeasies.
“The book I’m going to read tonight in bed is ‘Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball‘ by Deborah Davis. The year was 1966, and the only place to be on the night of November 28th was the Plaza Hotel in NYC. Everyone wanted an invitation but only select 540 got the chance to be there and rub shoulders and masks with the likes of Frank Sinatra and his young wife Mia Farrow, Lee Radziwill, Lauren Bacall, and Tallulah Bankead (above). which brings us to the question: What perfume would you wear to such an event had you been invited?
Tonight my answer is Tuberose Tobacco Cognac from the House of Cherry Bomb, the collaboration of two NYC perfumers Maria McElroy (Aroma M) and Alexis Karl (Scent by Alexis). It seems like a good fit: dark as a night, warm like a plush ballroom, rich and heady as the atmosphere of the most coveted event of the century….”
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Pink Haze is an ebulliently floral scent with a certain metallic brilliance to it. It smells faintly of wet sidewalks and the summer sun on a heated car grill: cheerily optimistic and somewhat hip. There’s nothing stuffy or stodgy here, and it is as fun as its name.
Notes: lilac, lily-of-the-valley, gardenia, metallic notes, cedar, honeysuckle and beeswax.
Read more at Fragrantia.