Many of you already know Brian Pera, who writes for the perfume blog I Smell Therefore I Am and is a filmmaker. He’s been involved with the Woman’s Picture Project for some time now and I’ve been lucky enough to see some of his work. I love his writing and how it gets down to the emotions we feel – how we show, or don’t show, them, in particular.
Go check out Evelyn Avenue for more on the project; see clips and read the film blog there. You won’t be sorry. I have really been moved by the short film DVD that came packaged with my bottle of Tableau de Parfums Miriam, which I adore (thankyouAndyandBrian!)
Right now, Brian’s raising money to film the next piece of Woman’s Picture, and you can pledge support for it now, here at this Kickstarter page. Be sure to read down the incentives on the right side of the page, because some of the perks on offer include fragrances or soaps by Andy Tauer.
Dark Passage, a very limited edition fragrance only available for the next few weeks, is a fragrance inspired by film noir, incorporating notes of patchouli, cacao, birch tar and iris. If this sounds like your sort of thing, go grab it now because once it’s gone, it’s gone.
It doesn’t sound like my sort of thing, frankly, but luckily for me, the fragrance Loretta, based on a character from the Only Child film segment, is tuberose-based. Here’s what Brian has to say about it, via ISTIA:
To say that Loretta is a tuberose fragrance is to me like calling Notre Dame a building. It isn’t that it’s a large fragrance particularly. In some ways, it’s quite soft. I wouldn’t say it’s grand in the way, say, Miriam might be. Like Cinnabar, for instance, Loretta has a smoldering, fuzzy warmth to it. The tuberose is laid out on a bed of woods and spices, and has a dreamy, moody quality. Like Loretta the character, it’s wrapped up in its own fantasies. Andy has called Loretta sensual, and it is that. I would say voluptuous. It has some of Loretta the character’s sweetness and childlike qualities – a bit of fruitiness throughout. But the sensuous aspects make it feel very adult and mysterious, and the plum note feels decidedly forbidden.
I’m a fan of tuberose, but this is no Fracas or Carnal Flower. Those scents, for me, are principally bright, however creamy the former, however rich and complex the latter. Loretta is a different kind of sensuality and a different kind of tuberose, like nothing I’ve smelled before. It’s the first tuberose I’ve smelled that truly takes things in the direction of dark mystery. I’m hopelessly biased when it comes to Andy, of course, but can tell you this is not only a different tuberose but a different Tauer. It’s one of my top five fragrances of all time, for reasons I’m probably just as hopelessly unable to describe.
Loretta includes notes of “ripe dark fruit, velvet rose, spicy tuberose, orange blossom, patchouli, woody notes, ambergris, leather, and sweetened orris,” and will become available to the general public in September of this year. There’s also a tuberose soap created by Andy that I’m sure will be wonderful. Andy discusses the tuberose and other floral aspects in Loretta here on his blog, and it’s fascinating reading. I love seeing a perfumer’s mind at work – what effects he’s going for, what materials he uses to get them.
Go check it out.