Stay dirty is the new scrubbing up

Dreckig bleiben” (Stay Dirty) was the first fragrance launched by the Hamburg-based independent label Atelier PMP, and it was an unprecedented success. This sensational fragrance, created by master perfumer Mark Buxton, recently was honoured with a 4-star listing in Luca Turin’s “Perfume Bible”.

Provocative as the name is, you shouldn’t take it too seriously: only recently the label launched a matching line of bath and shower products, with a Liquid Soap and Shower Gel. I am a massive fan of line extensions, not least because they give perfume fanatics even more ways of wearing a favourite fragrance. Products like these also make it easier for people who may be nervous about experimenting with unusual, daring perfumes to dip a toe in the water, as it were: a shower gel has a lower accessibility threshold than an eau de parfum. I sincerely hope that the new Liquid Soap and Shower Gel – both of which are free from parabens, silicone, gluten and contain no animal products, making them fully vegan-friendly – inspires more people to try these fragrances and incorporate them in their everyday life.

Liquid Soap and Shower Gel feature the same bold woody notes with cedar, Guajac wood oil and sandalwood in the base collide with a surprising accord of Calabrian bergamot, Tunisian neroli oil, Sicilian mandarin and zingy fresh ginger for a pleasantly refreshing effect.

“Stay dirty means hanging out with your best friends around a bonfire by the riverside in your comfy sweatpants – your toes in the sand and a glass of wine in your hand”, Daniel Plettenberg of Atelier PMP once said. And what better way of extending that incomparable feeling than jumping under the shower, rinsing the sand from between your toes and breathing in the lingering scent of this relaxed lifestyle.

Happy birthday to youuuu…!

The art of perfumery is young – so young, in fact, that one of its most revolutionary creations has only just gone into double-digits and is celebrating its tenth birthday this year. Escentric Molecules 02 was launched in 2008 on the niche market and was an instant sensation. Never before had Ambroxan smelt so “new” than in Geza Schön’s fragrance: warm, sensual, animalic, and at the same time imbued with a fresh, almost mineral quality. Most fragrances claiming to contain amber only have between 1% and 2% Ambroxan. In contrast, Escentric 02 triumphs with the maximum content of 13.5% – any higher and Ambroxan starts to crystallise.

Escentric 02 and Molecules O2 are celebrating their birthday with a beautifully designed Limited Edition EM 02 Power of Ten. The 100ml bottles are now available in unique travel cases made of brushed, anodised aluminium in different colours – very stylish, very urbane, very luxurious. The packaging creativity is visibly (and tangibly) impressive.

Of course, the fragrances haven’t changed: Molecule 02 contains pure Ambroxan; Escentric 02 combines it with Hedione (jasmine blossom), a gin and tonic accord and a hint of the Austrian soft drink Almdudler.

We are delighted and exceptionally proud to be launching this Limited Edition in Germany at a sensational event. EM 02 Power of Ten will be getting its first public outing at “VOGUE loves Breuninger” on 20 October 2018 in Stuttgart. Geza Schön will be there in person in the morning to autograph products and answer questions.

And there’s another exclusive cooperation: from 13 through 27 October 2018, the Limited Edition will be exclusively available from Breuninger Stuttgart and its online shop. After this, the fragrances will go on sale in other selected perfume shops and concept stores.

BTW: only ten per cent of all perfumes launched on the “regular” perfume market survive their first year. Of this ten per cent, only 40 per cent are still around at the end of the second year. It just goes to show: quality, creativity and art will prevail. Happy Birthday, Escentric Molecules 02 – and here’s to many more years!

Stars, stars, stars

Atelier PMP is one of our youngest brands: the studio was founded five years ago in Hamburg and is the brainchild of multi-talent and brand-builder Daniel Plettenberg and fashion designer and artist Stefanie Mayr. The pair commissioned perfume artist Mark Buxton to create their first scents, Dreckig Bleiben, Concrete Flower and anti anti. The results are truly idiosyncratic, wonderfully composed fragrances, each of which tells a story – starting with the packaging: Dreckig Bleiben (Stay Dirty) has a cap made of smoked wood taken from an old half-timbered house, Concrete Flower features a cap made of concrete, while anti anti is capped with cool Italian marble.

I am delighted that these scents have been included in the latest edition of what industry experts and scent lovers alike regard as the fragrance bible: “Perfumes” by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. The biophysicist and scent scientist Turin has long been considered the “Perfume Pope”. His highly readable and profound comments – or should we say rulings – can occasionally be scathing, and no exception is made for the “big” fragrances (scent is always a matter of personal preference!). However, he was in no doubt about his opinion of the Atelier PMP creations: magnificent. All three of the brand’s fragrances are not only listed (and may I point out that it is an honour to get even within sniffing distance of the master…), but received a sensational four-star rating. The fact that three of the world’s leading fragrances come from a small studio in a rear courtyard in Hamburg’s arty Karolinenviertel district just goes to show the immense creativity and vision of perfume artistry and the people behind it. Congratulations to Atelier PMP! We are very happy for you – and are eagerly looking forward to your next project.

SUMMER SPLASH WITH ESCENTRIC MOLECULES
NEW LOOK, NEW FRAGRANCE: BODY WASH 04 HAS LANDED!

Escentric 04 is now also available as a body wash, completing the Escentric Molecules’ Body Wash range. The new shower gel has a seductively soft, fresh hit of Javanol for a zesty, energising leap into summer.

“Javanol is like truffles: a few shavings of truffle are enough to transport you to heaven” – is how perfumer Geza Schön describes the main component in his fragrance Escentric 04, which has now launched as a Body Wash.

Javanol, a futuristic sandalwood molecule, features sandalwood in a completely new form: without the woody heaviness, and instead with an incredibly soft, radiant, sheer and transparent sparkle. “Psychedelic freshness”, is what Geza Schön calls his olfactory coup, where pink grapefruit peel, juniper, pink pepper and a hint of marihuana dance around a Javanol heart.

The main ingredient in the fourth Body Wash in the series is “Energen”, which unites the functional ingredients of soapberry (sapindus mukorossi) and tara (caesalpinia spinosa). These natural ingredients – one from the Himalayas, the other from the Andes – are not only exceptionally skin-friendly, they also lift the fragrance onto a higher plane. The Body Wash is free from parabens and sulphates.

Body Wash 04 features the new Escentric Molecules artwork, which ­– like the entire range of fragrances – was designed by London-based Me Company. The digital look presents the interplay of “Art & Chemistry”; the radial lines were inspired by atomic collisions in a particle accelerator.

The Body Wash is available to order now from will be a brand and can be purchased in selected perfume shops and concept stores.

200 ml | €45.00

Dirty Shades of Grey – Tackling the shady side of perfumery

The grey market is a topic I have written about before. Regrettably, it’s also something that just refuses to go away, meaning that it’s time to take a closer look at the shady side of the perfume business. With our perfume artworks – which some people call niche perfumery – we are increasingly facing a massive wave of grey market goods on a scale that is severely damaging for our business. These grey market products include:

– Cheap re-imports, i.e. originals where the best – before date has usually expired. In violation of distribution agreements, these products are being brought into our sales region by other distributors. Their fate is to be flogged off like the cheapest mass-market scents.
– Stolen goods.
– Counterfeit products from the Middle East and Asia.

So how do you tell the good apples from the bad? Well, we’ve just made the task of distinguishing between authorised distributors and the grey market a whole lot easier with our new database, which allows customers and consumers to search for authorised retailers. The database also lists the black sheep – the sellers who are sabotaging our business. We’ll be updating this list continually as we receive new information, so be sure to check back regularly!  
One brand that is particularly affected by the grey market is Escentric Molecules, a label that has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the world of fine perfumery. Unfortunately, the downside of the brand’s fame and popularity are cheap reimports and fakes.
will be a brand has worked hard to establish the perfumes we represent as exclusive products: We want will be a brand perfumery art to remain something precious, and not become mass-market products (which is one reason we are so careful in selecting our points of sale). Products that are very scarce are also usually highly sought-after – this underlying fact has caused the grey market to flourish.

As a result, the grey market is seriously threatening our business. It is endangering the reputation of a fantastic brand. It tricks consumers, because a fragrance that is past its best-by date needs to be reapplied more often, the bottle is empty faster and ultimately, can end up being more expensive than buying the original. Quite apart from that, the grey market poses a potential threat to consumers in several ways. Not only is it illegal to buy stolen goods (and, under certain circumstances, also counterfeit products), cheap copies are highly unlikely to be laboratory tested. But then, what does consumer health matter if you can make a quick profit?
Let me put this in a nutshell: fragrances where retailers and consumers can be sure of authenticity, quality and product safety always come from an authorised distributor, like will be a brand.
There’s another point I wish to emphasise: our work doesn’t just involve distributing perfume artworks and exclusive brands. We are responsible for establishing these brands and building them up. We select the right sales channels, we organise training events and promotions. We are second to none in our profound knowledge of the segment, and we support, inform and assist our partners in the POS. Good service doesn’t come for free … which is an aspect that is included in the (higher) price!
There are many very good reasons to avoid luxury fragrances that are obviously TOO cheap. The fact that ultimately someone is going to pay the price – either through forfeiting their credibility, their health or their business – is at the top of the list.

The grey market completely lacks transparency and it is very difficult to contain it. The only people who can succeed in doing this in the long term are honest, authorised retailers – and consumers.

Things could be so easy…

will be a brand presents: Verdúu – Haute Couture of perfumery art

The new label Verdúu is sending its fragrances down the catwalk – and we mean that literally: Mark Buxton’s fragrances were created especially for up-and-coming fashion designers.

A new fragrance label, the higher echelons of perfume artistry and four aspiring fashion designers from Berlin and London: these are the ingredients for fragrance creations that mark the arrival of the label Verdúu in the world of niche perfumes.

The nose behind the label’s fragrances is perfumer Mark Buxton – and his compositions are daring, bold scents that are not accessories, but statements. Each fragrance represents the designer Hien Le, Michael Sontag und Sissi Götze, their inspiration, character and unique creative vision. The latest addition to the portfolio is the fragrance for Christopher Shannon.

Shake it, baby! Christian Plesch with his new line, WACKELWASSER

The perfume designer raised the bar with his label NASENGOLD: fragrances that eschew frills and fancies, fragrances with a very modern insolence. Now, Plesch is launching a second line: WACKELWASSER, which comprises two modern, sensual and zesty unisex creations.

Two effervescent fragrance compositions, composed with truly delicious ingredients: chilled orange fizz meets ginger, hot pepper mingles with malt beer. The Hamburg perfume designer Christian Plesch has again demonstrated his unique creativity with LIGHT WACKELWASSER and DARK WACKELWASSER.

WACKELWASSER feels bubbly, it tickles the nose – and gives a long jolt of pleasure. Fragrance designer Christian Plesch says: “Goosebumps are entirely intentional!”

The unusual name of the new collection has it own story: “WACKELWASSER” (wobbly water) is what Christian Plesch’s young daughter called sparkling mineral water.

 

DARK WACKELWASSER | Loud, pulsating beats and ecstatic intoxication, darkness and dissipated anonymity. Precious essences that reach out and draw you in: ginger, jasmine and malt twist a cord; cedar wood pulls it tight, vetiver guards the knot.

LIGHT WACKELWASSER | The lascivious morning sun, a Rococo beauty spot, clothes that have slipped, improvised piano playing. Invisible puppet strings guide our way – woven from Champagne bubbles, jasmine flowers and caramel, bound together with cedar wood. Droplets of rum drip down thin threads, refreshing and intoxicating in equal measure.

 

Escentric Molecules 04 has arrived: Futurist freshness with Javanol

The Javanol molecule is at the heart of Escentric Molecules 04, the new fragrance creation by Geza Schön which takes sandalwood into a new dimension.

Radically reduced: Molecule 04

Molecule 04 contains pure Javanol, a next-generation sandalwood molecule that is powerful and yet soft. It unfolds to reveal a new take on sandalwood, without the heaviness and instead with a novel, soft, shimmering freshness.

A reinterpretation of sandalwood: Escentric 04

In Escentric 04, Javalnol is surrounded by other notes. The fragrance is a unique and very distinctive interpretation of sandalwood that is not heavily woody; instead, it is lifted in the headnote through the addition of zesty, bitter pink grapefruit peel, juniper and pink pepper. A hint of marihuana emphasises the soft aromas of grapefruit. At the heart, iris (orris) blossoms alongside a new rose accord composed by Geza Schön. Escentric 04 fades to the balsamic-woody note of Javanol and the slightly sweeter sandalwood molecule Polysantol.

The Escentric 04 fragrance pyramid

Top: Methyl Pampelmousse | Pink Grapefruit | Marijuana | Bergamot | Juniper Berry | Pink Pepper
Heart: Hedione | Freesia | Osmanthus | Orris | Rose
Base: Javanol | Mastic | Labdanum | Iso E Super | Musk | Ambroxan | Castoreum | Vetiver

Both fragrances are available through us from April on.

Eau de Parfum | 100 ml | RRP 130 €

Olfactive modernism: will be a brand presents anti anti by Atelier PMP

The third fragrance by the Hamburg label Atelier PMP is anything but “anti”. The Eau de Parfum was composed by perfume artists Mark Buxton and David Chieze  – an olfactive modernist statement that calls out for attention.

anti anti is not against, it is for: for life with all its ups and downs, for people with all their differences. anti anti is not a counter-fragrance, it is a modern creation for freedom of mind, freedom of being, freedom to be other. It celebrates the pleasure of the moment, and was created for people with attitude, people with inspiration and ideas.

anti anti is elegant and honest at the same time. It is ultra-modern and simultaneously soft and edgy, smoky and fresh – but always inscrutable. A creation that is as contradictory as a contemporary sculpture, presented in a bottle made of white marble, gold and glass.

anti anti is available to order from us now.

50 ml Eau de Parfum | RRP €120.00

Atelier PMP - anti anti