Decadence In A Bottle

by Roja Dove

On a constant quest for luxury, how about an extraordinary aromatic indulgence to mark one of the most important days of your life? And considering that standard scents, no matter how custom, become de rigeur in a matter of days, leaves you with only one option – surrendering at the altar of bespoke fragrances that are intimately crafted to your persona. Enter perfumeries like the Parisian Czar Guerlain which will interact with you for months and then, through a gruelling process, craft the perfect symphony of notes that sits well on the skin. The process can take from a few months to a year and two litres of it is then presented to the client in 23 baccarat bottles.

Then there’s Maison Francis Kurkdjian who lends his nose to haute labels like Lanvin and Ferragamo and concocts about 10-15 scents a year (with an average of about 5-10 clients in the waiting list). Based in Paris, he charges a hefty 10,500 dollars for 2 fluid ounce bottles. Another bespoke perfumer, Lyn Harris from the famed Miller Haris label in London, takes clients on a guided tour of her well-curated scents gallery. You’ll have to wait over a year to get her to create a scent for you.

And if you want the whiff of indigenous tradition, hop across to a dilapidated 188-year-old scented tradition lying tucked away in Old Delhi – Mukul Gandhi’s tiny shop packs the choicest Indian fragrances like sandalwood oil, oud and the warm notes of spicy henna and musk, ruh khus and gill (the smell of wet earth). Don’t settle for less, tyou can bottle up your own traditions for your big day.




About the author

Possessing perhaps one of the finest noses in the world, scent critic Roja Dove can cull out the perfect olfactory blueprint for your nose if you have what it takes to gather his attention. With an impressive client list like Tom Ford and blue blooded royalty across the world, Roja Dove perfumurie is the true essence of luxury. With the prices starting from a whopping 25000 euros, these timeless passions are created with materials more precious than gold.

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