Dawn Spencer Hurwitz has launched a trio of limited edition fragrances, Viridian, Quinacridone Violet and Prince, as the Chroma: color series 2 collection, which joins the Parfums des Beaux Arts range.
This new collection is a continuation of the color exploration that I began in 2007, but with a twist: this time around I chose two distinct "artist colors" (color pigments or paint that an artist would buy for their work) and a rather obscure textile color that was all the rage with the 17th Century, Paris ~ Versailles crowd.
Viridian ~ "A true GREEN aroma that is deeply saturated an unmistakable. Based on a semi-transparent, green-blue-green artist' hue (paint), Viridian embodies the concept of a rich foresty green color in aromatic form." With notes of angelica, artemisia, bergamot, celery seed, aloe accord, chrysanthemum absolute, galbanum, orris, sandalwood, vetiver, green oakmoss, lovage, myrrh, patchouli, and violet leaf.
Quinacridone Violet ~ "This aroma-color, based on a vibrant, man-made fuschia - pink - purple artist hue (paint), is strangely wonderful and vibrantly modern in every way. Many artists find this color addictive...we feel the same about the scent." Featuring notes of cherry blossom, lime peel, plum, quince, alaia flower, neroli, osmanthus, sweet pea, violet, violet leaf, cedar, cassis bud, incense and musk.
Prince ~ "While researching for 'The Perfumed Court' Collection, I came across a reference to an obscure yet prized 17th Century textile color called Prince ans I was immediately captivated. It was described as 'indigo-blue-black shot through with crimson red'. I knew I must make this color in fragrance form." With absinthe, lavender, narcissus, star anise, wild chamomile, rose, jasmine, orris, sandalwood, spices, ambergris, castoreum, civet, cocoa beans, leather, oppopanax, tobacco and tolu balsam.
Also joining the Parfum des Beaux Arts collection is Jitterbug for Men:
Jitterbug for Men ~ "A scent worn by the God Pan to allow free movement among humans. Jitterbug for men IS that divinely earthbound fragrance. Hand made from essences that bespeak his travels: resins from his native Greece and flowers from Egypt. But can you fetect that most exotic note? It's absolutely mysterious." Featuring bergamot, blackberry, lemon, pimento, benzoin, rose, clove, jasmine, ambergris, cedar, ciste, frankincense, labdanum, musk and patchouli.
And two new fragrances join the Essense Studio range, Silver Fir and Wasabi Shiso:
Silver Fir ~ "Get into the Holiday mood with Silver Fir, our delightfully refreshing, spirited and festive new unisex scent. Inspired by crisp winter evenings, the sparkle of glass Holiday ornaments and the infamous radiance of “the tinsel tree”, Silver Fir is an unexpectedly unique twist on the 'Conifer' scent." The notes include bergamot, cassis, pink grapefruit, plum, Siberian fir, spearmint, green tea, olibanum, cedar, sandalwood, balsam fir and treemoss.
Wasabi Shiso ~ "Whoosh! What a rush we get from this Autumn's scent, Wasabi Shiso! It's green, peppery-freshness (the wasabi) and unusual fruit-like leaf note (shiso) give our new creation true originality." With shiso, wasabi, yuzu, bergamot, holy basil, pittosporum, rose, vetiver, elemi, sandalwood and patchouli.