The Elements Showcase filled the Skyline West with a diverse assortment of fragrance and beauty products. Here is a sampling of my favorite new things I saw at the February 2014 show.
I am already a huge fan of Portland General Store Racer Shaving Cream and with my recent discovery of skincare oils (like Jack Black MP10), when I saw LIMN at the Portland General Store I was more intrigued. After using for the past few days, I can honestly say that I will be buying a bottle as soon as the jasmine scented oil is available on their website. Only 6-7 drops is needed to cover my entire face and head. The oil absorbs quickly leaving my skin (and mustache) soft. The scent is present but not overbearing. The bonus is that it washes right off my hand with no residue. I also look forward to their forthcoming Bootleggers cologne as well.
What perfumer Bertrand Duchafour did for Neela Vermeire by collaborating and creating scents celebrating her Indian heritage - perfumer Cecilia Zarokian has done with Anastasia Sokolow for her Russian heritage in this new Suleko line. Where as the three original scents for Neela were about historical period, the four scents of Suleko explore the four seasons. The winter scent Albho and summer scent Djelen (inspired by gypsies) are two of the strongest scents I have smelled in a long time. The bottles are encased in porcelain sculptures that are absolutely gorgeous. This is a really strong line that is worth experiencing for any perfume lover.
Having just bought two candles at the Illuminum boutique at Henri Bendels, I was excited to see a new addition to the Illuminum. 234 is one of three fragrances from the new Tom Wolfe 95 Percent Series that are inspired by flavors. The scent blends fruit, floral and spice elements for a green scent that is both fresh and powerful. I can see this having wide appeal as it can be worn as a sport scent and in warmer climates but still have enough heft to be good for the winter months. (Image from Fragrantica)
There is a lot of buzz on this line based on Australian boutique owned by florist Saskia Havekes. The two scents are different takes on magnolia name after the perfumers - Sandrine (Videault) and Michel (Roudnitska.) Based on a quick wearing, I can say that both are rich, deep and unique explorations of the magnolia with each emphasizing different elements. This may sound strange but both are "advanced" fragrances with many nuances that can be enjoyed by the hardcore perfumistas while an average person can simply enjoy the way the scent develops on their skin. (Image from Luckyscent)
I first discovered the Union line when I was in London last year. Made proudly with British raw ingredients, I sniffed through them and was intrigued by the Celtic Fire scent which reminded me of a bar-b-q. Stand outs from this line are the Gothic Bluebell (heavy on the hyacinth) and the Gunpowder Rose (a rose for men complete with violet and yes, gunpowder). The line is exclusive to Henri Bendel for the US. (Image from Selfridges)
This French line was new to me and the story of the 13th note was quite interesting (you can read about it here on their website.) Both of the 13th Notes (Femme and Homme) caught my attention as did their Absinthe. I saw that the Absinthe is available as a candle/massage oil - after you burn the candle, extinguish the flame and pour the oil directly on the skin. The combination of cold absinthe and hot oil sounds like it would be quite fun to play with. (Image form Absolument Parfumeur website.)
Two scents from this French line caught my attention on first sniff - Magic Amber and Mystic Wood. I will definitely be in contact with the company to get samples to test. Her first creation Ombre Coquine Eau de Toilette starts off as a citrusy splash but quickly develops into a full bodied floral perfume. I can only imagine how MA and MW will develop on my skin. (Image from Isabelle Ariana website.)
One of only two fragrance companies certified by the Natural Products Association, Pour Le Monde was founded by a magazine editor who was looking for fragrances to wear while pregnant. The resulting fragrance are all natural - but don't smell all natural - if you know what I mean. The lavender based Envision is a standout. (Image from Pour Le Monde website.)
The Countess de Presle launched the Detaille line when she having bought one of the first motorcars notice that her skin dried out because of the wind. She teamed with chemist Marcellin Berthelot and the lotion they created launched a full body care line. Sniffing through their fragrances, the classically masculine Yachting and Miles both stood out as did the fruity oriental feminine Sofia.
While Dudewipes was the butt of many jokes (excuse the horrid pun and check out the review here), the manly toilet wipes do serve a good purpose. From the same marketing company comes Dome Care, skincare and anti-aging products for men who shave their heads. Talk about niche marketing, that's a line I am definitely planning to check out. (Image from Dude Products website.)