2017 IFF Speed Smelling™ Post Modern Collection - Fanny Bal

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IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.) released their 2017 Speed Smelling Postmodern Collection. The Collection uses irony, a characteristic of the post-modern movement, breaking codes to better reconstruct them. This art of perfumery is mind-boggingly creative and the perfumers of IFF thrive on creative challenges. This is what inspired them to invent Speed Smelling, a scented variation on speed dating. Over the course of an hour, 14 perfumes have less than 7 minutes to seduce the most exacting of juries: the best fragrance editors and bloggers in France. Speed Smelling allows IFF perfumers to freely exercise their talents as olfactory artists, with no creative or budget constraints. Their creations must surprise, seduce, be acknowledged, but also remembered. This even allows perfumers to veer off beaten paths, cut loose and shake up the codes of their trade. 

Amber became its own olfactive reference from the start of the 20th century. Since then it has taken the form of a mythical accord formed around a duo of vanilla and labdanum. Fanny Bal looked into the formulas of these old historic bases, to void them of their outdated aspects, while preserving their original beauty. She imagined how to incorporate an Ambre 2017 base in a fragrance and created a gourmand interpretation, glazed with Nutella.

An amber laid bare. Of the original illustrious accord only its key components were kept. This new composition features ciste - a small Mediterranean resinous tree, which yields labdanum and which in its absolute form evokes incense. The ciste is reinforced by a modern amber note, ambroxan, as well as vanillin. To summon the beauty of nature, LMR (IFF's in-house naturals facility, Laboratoire Monique Remy) CO2 vanilla bean extract was also added, bring a vegetal and mouthwatering leather aspect. Then comes the revolution: the original heady ylang is replaced by a lighter jasmine. Pink berries are replaced by the spice coriander seed. In the base, Indonesian patchouli MD (molecular distillation) LMR, Haitian vetiver MD LMR and white sandalwood are combined to form a sturdy woody-chypre architecture which is contrasted with cocoa absolute MD LMR, the origin of the unexpected Nutella effect. Amber is newly adorned.





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