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Puredistance

Puredistance Perfumes was founded in 2008 by Jan Ewoud Vos in Vienna with a clear idea that they wanted to create the most luxurious and exclusive perfumes in the world.  Also the most beautiful.

Originally Puredistance was focused on the bottle the perfume came in, but based on customer and blogger feedback, they got that the perfume was exceptional, and we loved it.  The bottle was pretty, we didn't want to pay that much to get the perfume that was IN the bottle.

Puredistance allows time for their perfumes to be developed, and they don't hurry it along.  Nathan Branch has an in-depth interview with the PureDistance founder that sheds a lot of light on the philosophy behind the perfumes and what direction they started in and where they are going now.  It is a refreshing view on the luxury brand market that doesn't leave you cold.  They use 32% perfume oil in their perfumes, which is the equivalent of getting a pure parfum/extrait.  So, yes, these are luxury perfumes, but the quality and beauty are there to justify the price.

Annie Buzantian was the perfumer for the first perfume in the Puredistance Master Perfume Collection. If you've ever wondered what a perfumer at the top of their game would create for themselves, this is the perfume to try because Annie created this for herself.  When they gave her the brief for what they wanted to create, she didn't have to look very far, she had already made it.   Puredistance I has notes of Fresh tangerine blossom, cassis, neroli bigarade, magnolia, rose wardia, jasmine, natural mimosa, sweet amber, vetiver, white musk.  A review of Puredistance I can be seen here.  The internet is littered with reviews for this perfume, and they are mostly all love.

Roja Dove was the perfumer for the men's entry in the Master Perfume Collection, Puredistance M.  Notes of Bergamot, lemon, rose, jasmin, cinnamon, patchouli, moss, cistus, vetiver, vanilla, leather, musk.

Annie Buzantian also designed Puredistance Antonia, which the brief was describing Jan Vos' mother. Buzantian also had the perfect perfume that fit the brief exactly - she had already made it.  Notes of Jasmine, Rose Essence, Ylang Ylang, Orris, Ivy Green, Galbanum, Vanilla and Vetiver.

You may or may not love the luxury perfume market - out of rejection of the astronomical price points or just the exclusive nature of it (unless you have the cash, no way) - but what any self-respecting perfumista will love are these perfumes.  Each is flat-out beautiful. You may prefer one to the other, but there is no denial of the quality and care and thoughtfulness that has gone into these perfumes.