Parfums 137 is a French niche line that debuted last year with a trio of fragrances under the name Nara 1869: "1 story, 3 essences, 7 fragrances":
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Nara 1869 "tells" the story of Akimoff, a perfumer who travels from France to Japan in 1869, and falls for a "young geisha apprentice". He creates three fragrances inspired by essences burned during a kodo incense ceremony, and suggests that she combine them to create 7 different fragrances. Perfumer Isabelle Maillebiau was asked "to write the end of this story":
Bigarade ~ "for a fresh day...An association of citrus fruits, white tea and citrus flowers, on a soft wooden and musk base."
Osmanthus ~ "for a fruity unctuousness...A fragrance that stands out for its Apricot and Peach notes, progressively revealing its floral middle notes and patchouli base."
Olibanum ~ "for rapturous evenings...A hymn to Frankincense scents, highlighted by fresh and spicy top notes that gradually reveal deep Myrrh and Patchouli scents."
This year, Parfums 137 has launched a second story: three new fragrances under the name Hollywood Stromboli 1950. Perfumer Corinne Cachen has interpreted the story of Betty, a descendent of Akimoff's who works as a perfumer in Hollywood, but is forced to flee to the island of Stromboli with her lover, Mike D, after attracting the attentions of a mobster. The three fragrances:
Spearmint ~ "for an awakening of the senses...features a refreshing middle note imbued with spearmint. Citrus and floral notes contrast with a delightfully intense woodsy base note."
Immortelle ~ "for a tender harmony...The soft scent of the lemon blossom is enveloped in a floral bouquet. Elevated by the intensity of amber and musk, this delicate top note is an invitation to take flight."
Myrte ~ "to feel desired...Precious and beguiling, this fragrance is refined by sharp notes of myrte. A woodsy and floral top note and a musky, vanilla-tinged bottom note combine for a sensual, utterly feminine scent."
Parfums 137 Nara 1869 and Hollywood Stromboli 1950 are available in coffret sets; 3 perfumes each in 15 ml Eau de Parfum for €60. Sample sets are also available for €5 each. The fragrances can be purchased directly from the Parfums 137 website. (via press release)