Sali Oguri moved to New York from Japan at age 5, and has been singing professionally since she was 16 years old. For 10 years, she was the on-camera host for the television series "New Yorkers" on NHK Japan network, and she also hosted the radio show "Switch On New York" for 2 years. You can read a more detailed biography on her website.
Those of you who frequent the fragrance forum at MakeupAlley know Sali as songscent, and she also posts on the Perfume Addicts board as perfsong1. Sali has recently released her first indie solo CD and perfume, Pink Manhattan: Sensorium of Song & Scent. Whatever limited qualifications I have to write about perfume certainly don’t extend to music, so I will say only that Sali has a lovely voice, and I really enjoyed listening to her CD.
Pink Manhattan Purrfume has notes of peach, pear, plum blossom, pink hibiscus, calla lily, gardenia, French vanilla, and musk. It starts with a juicy peach note, and happily, it is neither the heavy, canned peach that I find in some oils, nor the plastic, fruit roll-up variety. It just smells like a nice, fresh peach.
Pink Manhattan dries down into a floral with vanilla and skin musk. Gardenia predominates, but this is much lighter and less sweet than the notes might imply and it would not overwhelm on a hot day in the city. It is an impressive debut, and should please fans in the tropical floral and vanilla camps. Pink Manhattan has very good lasting power, and personally I think it is much nicer than Sali's favorites (see below) Monyette Paris and Coquette Tropique.
I asked Sali to tell me a little more about herself and how she got started in perfumery:
Sali, can you tell me how and when you became seriously interested in fragrance?
I've always loved fragrance because my mother wore fine perfumes. Some I recall her wearing are Joy and Mitsouko. I loved when she went perfume shopping because inevitably there would be samples I could play with, and my introduction to Caron was by way of a Nocturnes shower gel. I haven't been the same since.
My real perfume obsession began when I got pregnant with my first child. Something changed in me and suddenly I became extremely sensitive to scent. That's when I went from being a signature scent gal to a collector, bought the Michael Edwards and Jan Moran books and started surfing the net in search of any perfume information.
And how did you get started mixing your own fragrances?
I started buying oils about a year ago in search of my favorite notes. I searched long and hard for the perfect peach-gardenia-vanilla and never found one, so I decided to make one.
How are the perfume and the CD linked artistically?
Pink Manhattan Sensorium of Song & Scent is one artwork, a sensory (as well as sensual) experience combining aural, olfactive and visual if you count the color pink. I wanted the set to look like a beauty product because that's what I'm drawn to and I think other women can relate. It's also my dedication to the city I love.
Pink Manhattan can be many things: an actual place, a memory, a dream or state of mind. For me it is the New York experience through the eyes of a woman. My music is what it is because I have lived here and have had the chance to be influenced by myriads of styles and genres. My perfume hopefully represents who I am in the same way that my music does, a combination of soft and hard-edged, innocent and sophisticated, a melting pot of styles (classical and pop like I am as a musician), and everything is feminine from the scent of the perfume to the CD packaging.
Other than your own Pink Manhattan, can you tell us a few of your favorite perfumes?
Creed Spring Flower, MAC MV2, Monyette Paris, Coquette Tropique, Joy, most anything Guerlain and Caron, and Lauren.
Huge congratulations to Sali, and I wish her every success. You can buy the Pink Manhattan Purrfume & CD through Sali's website. The perfume is $40 for .15 oz, and samples are available for $3. B-glowing now carries Pink Manhattan as well.