2017 IFF Speed Smelling™ Post Modern Collection - Julien Rasquinet

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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. 

At the origin of perfumery lies myrrh. Or more accurately, perfume originally was myrrh. It was a gift personifying the best that the earth can provide. So when Julien Rasquinet was asked to renew myrrh, he chose to start with its genesis - a myrrh tear, rubbed with silex, now white-hot. (Fyi silex is silica, especially quartz or flint).

The myrrh resinoid underwent a molecular distillation at LMR which yielded its warm balsamic heart with liquorice nuances. In this formula, it's used in an overdose. To amplify the liquorice aspect there is a shot of rum absolute blazed under mineral flintstone and gunpowder notes. CO2 pink pepper LMR brings even more fire to this fragrance. In the dry down, patchouli heart, vetiver and angelica root anchor the entire fragrance to better represent the "roots" of perfumery which inspired it. 


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