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 →
“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.”
“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.”
“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. “
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.