Pierre Guillaume of niche line Parfumerie Generale has launched Huitième Art Parfums, a new line of fragrances. The name comes from Octavian Coifan of fragrance blog 1000 Fragrances, who says that perfume is the 8th art. There are 8 fragrances: Ambre Céruléen, Aube Pashmina, Ciel d'Airain, Fareb, Manguier Métisse, Naïviris, Sucre d'Ébène and Vohina.
Ambre Céruléen ~ "A powdery balm with a light amber note ... opoponax, tonka bean and sandalwood, delicately illuminated by precious organic verbena extracts from Morocco."
Aube Pashmina ~ "Pierre Guillaume created Aube Pashmina with the olfactory impression of a morning walk through a well-grown herb garden: rosemary, basil and fresh tomato leaves give glory to this dark green still life. Covered with dew they stretch towards the rising sun, entwined with black currant and geraniums bushes - observed by an anonymous passer-by who witnesses the beginning of the day from an old wooden bench."
Ciel d'Airain ~ "A lonely perfume portrait, that Pierre Guillaume paints for us with words. The fragrance Ciel d'Airain also quotes loneliness as a contemplative moment, the calm before the storm so to speak ... Sour, fruity and soft-mealy pear, ensnared by a hidden green fig and accented with subtle, salty olives immediately settle on a soft skin-close base reminiscent of warm, sun-kissed skin. An indulging and contemplative fragrance to lose yourself in."
Fareb ~ "Fareb, which means temptation but also phantom, is all about the intense interplay of two unusual fragrance notes: Immortelle, the Italian straw flower, and ginseng. A bone-dry fragrance reminiscent of warm sand and the prominent spiciness of immortelle merged with fresh herbaceous notes of ginseng, complemented by strong leather notes. A desert fragrance for modern urban nomads - concise, angular and full of character."
Manguier Métisse ~ "Juicy-ripe mango meets with luscious frangipani in a topical rendezvous, whose sugary-sweet nectar is modestly contrasted by a few tea blossoms. A bright and happy affair with a soft and clean vanilla base. A fruity and exotic adventure with the usual suspects in the form of white-floral seducers – sweets tidbits for adults."
Naïviris ~ "A Passion Tree, inevitably in red... A gallant tryst between the spicy aroma of African red iris (Kigelia Africana) and hot, animalistic zebrawood. Earthy-powdery Iris, wrapped in a robe of finest quality leather in the most intimate embrace with hot and spicy woods - a fatal passion with tiny animalistic sparks, bedded on a clean, soft base..."
Sucre d'Ébène ~ "The tender breath of the trade winds ... an infusion of brown sugar, hamamelis extracts and benzoin. The tropical winds serve as inspiration for Pierre Guillaume’s creation Sucre d'Ébène. A sheer delight for fans of gourmand scents: Velvety resin notes combine with pronounced notes of caramelized sugar to create a dark, sweet pleasure, subtly accented by spicy witch-hazel also known as hamamelis."
Vohina ~ "A summer afternoon in the countryside, a floral carpet of peach blossom and lavender honey on a bed of gold, shining straw. That’s how Pierre Guillaume describes his fragrance Vohina - and in fact, he outlines its character pretty well: lively and light-hearted peach dances here on honey-sweet, sun-soaked hay, interspersed with herbs, followed by a hint of bitter melancholic Lavender, reminiscent of a light veil gently lowered over sweet fruit."
The Huitième Art Parfums are available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum. They can be found at First in Fragrance in Germany (95€) or at The Perfume Shoppe in the US and Canada ($110, I think those are US dollars?). (via first-in-fragrance)