New at Colette in Paris: Klubwasser, the debut fragrance from Austrian company WienerBlut:
KLUBWASSER is the first project in perfumery by Viennese label WienerBlut. It kicks off a series of fragranced waters based on "Taschentuch-Parfuems", popular bouquets of 19th century Vienna, originally applied to handkerchiefs, a fashionable accessory of the time.
KLUBWASSER, german for "Club water", is an elegant, unisex eau de parfum inspired by classic, ample colognes of the Belle Epoque. It is based on WienerBlut founder Alexander Laubers research in antiquarian bookshops and the national archives followed by countless experiments with authentic recipes and original ingredients. A spicy, rich green affair composed of oak moss, green leeves [sic], fresh cut hay and black caraway, KLUBWASSER is produced in compliance with traditional perfumery methods in Vienna, using natural essences only.
WienerBlut Klubwasser is available at Colette in the bottle shown above left, €95 for 100 ml Eau de Parfum. The WienerBlut website also shows the limited edition bottle shown above right, "in the handcrafted crystal flacon designed by Josef Lobmeyr, glass supplier to the imperial court, in 1835" (size and price unknown). (first quote via colette, second quote via wienerblut)
That crystal flacon is one of the strangest bottles I’ve ever seen. Something about the shape of it looks to me like a teddy bear (seated) with a rocket where it’s head should be! It’ll be interesting what others see in it.
It is very unusual…I didn’t see anything in particular — just wanted one!
That’s exactly what I thought, it looks like a seated teddy bear with no arms. Beautiful glass, weird shape.
Looked like a “Space Bear” or “Robo-Teddy” to me too.
Unusual, but it’d be a tough one to fit in the fridge…..
maybe a lunar landing module?
can’t stop looking at that odd bottle!
Haven’t even read about the perfume….too distracted.
Daisy, Robo-teddy was the first thing that popped in to my mind, as well, with a nod to the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch…
Total wacky teddy bear thingie. I like it, though.
Am I the only one that thought it looked like a Teletubby??
I thought it looked like a sitting toy robot with that round head and several eyes. I think its weird but cool. Pretty color.
Weird but cool — yes.
Oh, my, that bottle is quite…something. Looks like a kind of pipe joint, or maybe one of those sockets you can screw multiple bulbs into…
Or a splitter for the garden faucet so you can hook up multiple hoses…..though first glance before actually *looking*, I have to agree, freaky teddy bear thing.
This one looks/sounds strange all around, but intriguing (not sure that I’ve ever smelled something with a black caraway note). And if my German serves me, “WienerBlut” means “Viennese blood.” Odd.
It’s the name of a Viennese waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr., so I’m guessing there’s a nostalgia/heritage thing going on.
Oh, that makes sense! Thanks for clarifying.
Yeah, I think it comes from an expression (or maybe it’s the lyrics to the waltz?), something like “Vienna blood makes you stronger.” Or something.
Does it have a third leg on the back side, making it a tripod?
I assume so, but don’t know.
I like the sound of the juice, but I’ll pass on that crystal flaçon (the text is strange; I’m assuming it’s a repro of something designed in 1835?).
That’s how I interpreted it — a reproduction.
top notes of cumin with a rich green base sounds pretty good to me and it’s name is German so I guess I have to get it
speaking of German, a few days ago I went to the ~*German store*~ after going to H&M and buying a t-shirt designed by a German band, and I bought little licorice fish that are covered in salt, which is ammonium chloride in this case. And they were really look at the time but then later I felt like I had ammonia clogging my nasal cavity. It was horrible.
Then do let us know how it is!
I’m very sensitive to that ammonia thing – I have had baked goods with it in it. I have a hard time with salted licorice, even though I like licorice in general.
Hey I listened to a bit of your band on YouTube – they’re great, and that is a beautiful boy.
their new website
was supposed to be up an hour ago (after being down for 3 months)
and I have been watching the countdown on the site as if it was the European Open for the past 5 hours
but the servers crashed ; ___ ;
Bill better be glad he’s a pretty, glittery princess. first I waited 4 hours on the streets of NY during a rainy February day for their first NY concert and now I’m waiting 5 hours in front of my computer for him D:<
sorry, have to lol at you.
Ah, our little enthusiasms, but I have been and still can be that way.
Eww salmiak. My husband is Finnish, and that’s his candy of choice. It’s the only thing he hasn’t been able to find locally since moving here (well, or reindeer). His mom brings some every time she comes to visit, and he brings back piles of the stuff when he goes over there. I don’t even care for normal black licorice, so it’s absolutely out for me. Candy made of toilet bowl cleaning chemicals? No thanks!
I’m with you, E. I’ve barely developed a love for regular licorice, but salted licorice has to be one of the worst snacks out there, right next to dried salted Japanese plums. But to each his/her own.
Yeah, yeah, to each his or her own, but those dried salted plums are vile! I have Chinese friends who eat them to prevent motion sickness, but I’m convinced they cause it instead.
I love salty plum, and the Hawaiian powdered version that gets sprinkled on pineapple and other stuff – li hing mui. Yum.
my friend Nobi gave me salted pickled plum flavored chips as a joke and I actually liked them and he was like “…are u serious?”
I loooove licorice, and I like the salted licorice but I ate too many at once. One little fishy at a time is enough for me.
o btw, Tama– TH is better in German. If you can’t speak a word of German, you’ll probably still be able to understand the German lyrics better than the English :X
also, I listened to them in the first place to help me learn German and they were only in German at the time.
1000 Meere is my favorite song (and the English version is one of their worst translations so don’t listen to it)
also… they’re very successful and famous in Germany but a lot of Germans *hate* them (or they claim to atleast!!!!!) so if you randomly meet a German person on a train, don’t try to talk to them about TH like my dad did once O__O
I was going to ask you if you preferred the German. German is a great language for rock/pop/whatever – I loved Nina Hagen back in the day, and like to ramp up with a bit of Rammstein now and again.
…or dried, shredded squid. My college roommate (from HK) sprang that one on me once. OMG, it was awful. Of course, I should add the disclaimer that I find any/all seafood to be revolting, but something about that was just all wrong.
Oh, also have to add…while I hate the *taste* of black licorice, I adore the smell of it. Much like coffee, though I eventually came to like the taste of that.
I really like the sound of the fragrance! I think the flacon is rather creepy, though. Not sure why.
Whereas I’m more interested in the bottle than the scent! But the scent doesn’t sound bad either.
Well, for me the green leaves, oak moss, and freshly cut hay sound great. The caraway intrigues me. Could be really good or really bad!
I just want to own it so that if people ask me what I’m wearing, I can say, “Wiener. I’m wearing Weiner.”
well, to make matters worse, and in a general shout out to my apparently lousy reading skills….at first I thought it said “WeinerBUTT” instead of weinerbLUT….I’ll tell you what: I had that “spock” eyebrow hiked up to my hairline…
Okay, you admitted it, so I will, too. I saw WeinerBut also, and conbined with the bottle itself, especially the top portion, I was very much shocked, and I am no prude. All-in-all, I prefer the Robo-teddy interpretation.
….because if perfume bottles come to life when we’re not around (a la Toy Story) this bottle would be leading some sort of anti-human revolt….
LOL! Maybe that’s my secret fear.
…when perfume bottles attack….
I must say, I love the more expensive bottle. It makes me think of both a rare object d’art and pyramids/temples/places of worship. Plus, remove the stopper and I’m sure it’d make a lovely candleholder The juice also sounds like it’ll be lovely… I think I now have a second lemming to chase (Tauer’s Rose chypree being my first ever perfume lemming).
I’d also love to know just how much more expensive it is!
Bumfuzzled pronuncibobble. I’ve tried, but my mouth can’t make those sounds. Love the robo-bottle, though.
Glad someone else loves the bottle! I don’t need to say the name
I’m sorry, but that darn bottle has eyes. Just above those odd teddy bear arms. I can’t decide whether they are compelling me to buy it or be totally creeped out.
Buy it AND be creeped out!
Good to know I am not the only one that thinks this bottle is HELLA strange! I just don’t get it. Makes me really wonder what the juice smells like.
Then it has done its job
Looks like a baby Robby the Robot to me!
I tend to associate caraway with a mid-eastern European or Scandanavian style sensibility. It’s a very distinctive smell–peppery-anisette–and I think caraway blended with oakmoss will conjure up many images of old castles and primeval forests for people.
“Old castles and primeval forests” sounds good to me!