CB I hate perfume; “scent is life” 3.16.11

March 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

With my highly sensitive sense of smell even the most mild perfume will send me into an immediate downward spiraling migraine. I have always been that person who goes out of her way to avoid walking past such stores as, the body shop, macys, and abercormbie, in such sheer force that you would think i was being chased by a middle aged yuppie soaked in Britney spears’ most recent catastrophe. However, about 5 years ago i discovered Christopher Brosius, scents. He was in the business of making things smell amazing for such companies as Keils until he started his own line, CB I Hate Perfume, in 2004. Mr. Brosius has been discovering what can be achieved in scent composition rather than creating just what smells pretty.

He is quoted as saying of those lingering smells that consume the entire elevator with their sickly sweet aroma’s, we call perfume;

“I hate perfume.
Perfume is too often an ethereal corset trapping everyone in the same unnatural shape
A lazy and inelegant concession to fashionable ego
Too often a substitute for true allure and style
An opaque shell concealing everything – revealing nothing
A childish masque hiding the timid and unimaginative
An arrogant slap in the face from across the room
People who smell like everyone else disgust me”

This makes me love him and his work that much more. Not to mention being the design nerd i am i was originally drawn to the vintage medicinal tincture look of his bottles, when i first discovered them i went online and bought “burning leaves” and “patchouli empire”. (insert hippie jokes here) I was a little worried about buying scents online without being able to smell them first, but just make sure to read the descriptions because they are exactly as they smell. “Burning leaves” for example, smells just as it is explained, The smoke of burning maple leaves – pure & simple.

CB now makes 36 blended scents that range in price from $12 to $275 for bottles in various sizes. He is not accepting more clients at the moment but if you manage to get on the list he makes custom scents!

My nose and eyes both thank you CB!


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