Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Interview with a niche brand 1907 - meet the new brand

After the presentation of the new perfume brand from Slovakia, I am very
honored to welcome the interview with charming Evka, the person behind
the perfume brand...
1907 photo in Sens Unique Paris

In last article you had the opportunity to read my impression and my opinion about the new perfume brand launched in Slovakia and city of Kosice. The house 1907 is run by, I have full liberty to say, charming Evka Skovranova whose dreams are coming true and she is the one who answered the questions. This time, you have the opportunity to read their story and what 1907 actually is. I would not like to prolong it, so I will let you to enjoy reading.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin - the new "rouge"

A perfume with the strength of a man, but with the power of a woman.
 A new type of masculine vision.
The vision of Santal Carmin by Atelier Cologne


Atelier Cologne's Santal Carmin is a perfume that connects two types of traditions - first of all, it is a cologne which symbolizes very old perfume pyramid and second, this perfume in particular, brings the contemporary aesthetics. Atelier Cologne is a perfume house that dedicated its own philosophy to cologne's only but with various and modern approaches. Santal Carmin is definitively very modern creation that is appealing with its soft Woody tones and slight powdery sillage that flows in the air.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bottega Profumiera Galantuomo - meet the gentleman

Dear readers, please meet the gentleman with impeccable charme and
 the suit made-to-measure...
Bottega Profumiera Galantuomo

Bottega Profumiera is not a new perfume brand but rather a perfume house that waits to be discovered. It is Italian niche perfume house based in Rome managed by Monsieur Maurizio and the line is composed of 6 different perfumes with 6 separate inspirations. Today, I will be talking about Galantuomo, a perfume for which I think it is beyond "galant" and beyond sophistication - it is a perfume that is a symbol of one of Aristotel's virtues and that is the perfect raison d'être. In its freshness is very nice balanced, enough to give the opulence at the same time and sophistication.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Laurent Mazzone Army of Lovers - Army of Decadence

Let me present you one of the "dirtiest" perfumes released recently,
the smell of decadence is here...
Army of Lovers

One of the fastest growing perfume brands in November released the latest perfume to its collection. But this time, the story and atmosphere of the perfume is different than previous perfumes. Why is it different? Laurent Mazzone is a very emotional person and I personally believe that LM is all about "emotional perfumery" - based on life impressions. Laurent had interesting life and one of his love is music. Army of Lovers is a perfume based on the image of famous Scandinavian group also called "Army of Lovers" - this is all about decadence, free will and ultimate opulence.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Discover the love story : L'Eau de Shah Jahan par Nicolas de Barry

This is the story of how powerful love can be and how it can
inspire deep and bold perfume creation
L'Eau de Shah Jahan par Nicolas de Barry
One of the most beautiful rendez-vous happened in Paris because the perfume lover like me discovered a perfume house dedicated only to historic creations and perfume heritage. It was a beautiful call where I met Maître parfumeur Eddy Blanchet, associate of Nicolas de Barry in their atelier-perfumery in 32, rue Montmorency. The whole atmosphere inside is dedicated to preserve the tradition of the glorious perfume creations. I also need to admit that Monsieur Blanchet is one of the most pleasant co-talkers since his knowledge about history is enormous. Blanchet's creativity didn't stop in the history only since he created his own line of Maltese perfumes but you can read about that in future posts. Today, I am focusing on the Nicolas de Barry line of perfumes - those are œuvres de parfums dedicated to charismatic historic personalities who left a trace in history. Shah Jahan is the man who built Taj Mahal in India in honor to love he had with Mumtaz Mahal.

Monday, October 27, 2014

New perfume brand : 1907

There is a new perfume brand in our neighbourhood, but this one
 is coming from Slovakia - 1907
The still of 1907 collection - BL'eauOG
I recommend you to forget for the moment the traditional perfume brands that are coming from the Western Europe and from traditional places such as France, Italy and United Kingdom. The one should pay the attention now to the Central Europe and the small country of Slovakia. Maybe Slovakia doesn't fit to be a country of the perfume world to some, but I would like to tell you a little story from history Actually, it was the Central Europe that was the source of the modern perfumery (maybe?) because the first formulas were created there. Hungarian Water - the first scent that used the alchocol was for the Ungarian queen Elisabeth. Aqua Admirabilis by the monks of Florence was conceivied in the base of Alps and what is most important, in the 1907, the first Cologne water was made in Koln by Johan Maria Farina. Eau de Cologne is still produced in Koln by te 8th generation of the Farina family. The most famous users were Napoléon Bonaparte, Gandhi, Vittorio Emanuelle ll., Princess Diana... After all, maybe we can talk about the fragrant heritage of the area from where 1907 perfume brand is descending from. Second important thing is that Karlovi Vary were famous for their baths and that is prety close to Kosice, the home of 1907.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mascara for Men

I would like to publish a small story for which I think that is interesting to both women and men. It is a short history of mascara, a legendary product that L'Oréal is probably most famous for. You would be surprised that the first mascara was made for a man and his mustache... 
I am bringing you a short history by the undeniable source of knowledge - writer Octavian Coifan.
Cardinal Richelieu (source
 "Mascara for Men. Le Cardinal de Richelieu - famous for his cats, but also for his "galanterie" and his Mascaro - or pommade des mousquetaires. The product was used for centuries to shape and color the moustache, the eyebrows and give the famous "regard français". Best formulators for this french product at L'Oréal are men and manufacturing process is secret - it is the process that makes the product, not the ingredients. The packaging and the marketing create the illusion of thousand choices. Rimmel, Mascara and Khol are very different formulations, each comes with a light scent. The secret of a good feminine mascara didn't change that much. The product must give a firm and natural look to your lashes, a natural strong color without staining the skin. Probably the most famous formula at L'Oréal is the classic Mascaramatic (Dramatic Mascaro for impressive effects). Original MASCARO for men is perfumed for a very sensual hand-kiss. The "mascaro moustache" is used to portray another famous character - Mephistopheles - a fashion icon in the XIXth century. Franz Liszt is well known for his musical interpretation, but also for the look. He used both mascaro and pommade hongroise, another french formula used under various names. The romantic "dark circles" look for men was a "second effect" of the mascaro. Men did not remove their "make-up" and mascaro left small traces (like nano pigments today). It is the ARTIST look. Grooming was not for everyone. In Paris, the best places didn't change that much from the XVIIth century. From Palais Royal to Rue Royale, where you can see today the name of a famous beauty maker right in the angle. Painting: Richelieu, his cats (one is called Lucifer) and father Joseph, his eminence Grise."
 Octavian Coifan, perfume historian and perfumer and former writer of 1000fragrances

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The conference with Master perfumer Ramon Monegal

Sometimes, little perfume dreams do come true!

Ramon Monegal with a blotter with Oscar Monegal in behind and me (Juraj)

This time it was almost magical perfume conference and the magic can only happen with the very special guest who can make the atmosphere like that. Last conference I organized was with Guerlain's creative director and the founder of Puredistance, but this time the perfume event surpassed the atmosphere, the beauty and the splendor of the last conference because the guest was the Master perfume Ramon Monegal who brought his beautiful aura with him. His appearance to the public of Zagreb was organized in the French Institute because of his francophonic nature but the most of the public was not speaking French language so they have come only to meet Ramon in person and listen what he has to say about his Memory Collection and his personal experience of being a perfumer.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The perfume conference with Ramon Monegal

Ramon Monegal

Jako sam sretan da Vam mogu predstaviti svog slijedećeg gosta u Zagrebu - ovaj puta se pozivu odazvao meni najdraži parfumer - Ramon Monegal. S obzirom na svoju povijest i sve što on nosi u sebi, smatram da je On jedan od idealnih sugovornika. Pripadnik je 5. generacije parfumera koji su potekli iz španjolske Myrurgie, a jedan od njegovih učitelja u Francuskoj je bio i legendarni Pierre Bourdon. Sa sobom u Zagreb donosi i svoju "Autorsku Liniju" od 14 parfema koja je zapravo njegova tekuća biografija - sve emocije i cijela njegova prošlost je zapisana u tim parfemima. Također, Ramon će otkriti što za njega znači umjetnost i kako povezuje različite grane umjetnosti te kako parfumer vidi svoj parfem tokom stvaranja. Preporučam Vam da ne propustite ovu priliku za upoznavanje jednog od najsrdačnijih parfumera današnjice! 

Iako će Ramon govoriti na francuskom jeziku, a ja na engleskom i francuskom, smatram da parfemi govore univerzalni jezik! 

Vidimo se u Francuskom Institutu (Preradovićeva 5, Zagreb), 2. rujna u 18h!

Vaš Juraj


I am very happy to annonce my next guest who accepted the invitation to Zagreb - this time the invitation was accepted by my favorite perfumer - Ramon Monegal. With regard to his history and of all that he carries in himself, He is really one of the most ideal co-talkers. He belongs to the fifth generation of perfumers that descend from Spanish Myrurgia and one of his mentors was legendary Pierre Bourdon. Along with him, he will bring his "Author line" of 14 perfumes which is his liquid biography - all the emotions and his past are written there. Furthemore, Ramon will reveal what art means to him and how he connects different branches of art forms and how the perfumer sees his perfume during the creation process. I recommend you not to miss this opportunity to meet one of the most sincerest perfumery!

Even though Ramon will be talking of French and me on both English and French, I believe that perfumes talk universal language! 

See you in French Institute (Preradovićeva 5, Zagreb), 2nd of September at 18PM!

Yours Juraj  

Friday, August 8, 2014

The perfume conference

Perfume as an inspiration for creation.

Creative director of Guerlain Paris, Madame Sylvaine Delacourte, founder of Puredistance, J.E. Vos on the left and University professor, prof. dr. sc. Zoran Kurelić during his talk

I do a lot about perfumes both on my blog, just over here, and outside of BL'eauOG. I need to admit that I actually do a much harder work on perfumes outside BL'eauOG, I write semi-academic articles which are not yet published, read books about perfumes and connected them to my profession. The result of all of that was TEDx talk on a TED conference in June 2013 and collaboration with architect studio. But I never envisioned one thing in particular, that I will organize the perfume event where creative director of Guerlain Paris and founder of private perfume brand (Puredistance) will be my guests. Madame Delacourte is simply a superstar and amazed me with her allure but other two guests are not the least important. The effect about Madame Delacourte is the name of the society for which she works. Other very special guest was Mister Jan Ewoud Vos, very charismatic founder of Puredistance luxurious perfumes. After few years of running his own perfume brand, he collected the experience that drives him to do more and he has a magnificient line of 5 perfumes which has only positive critics in the perfume community and that is very hard to achieve. The last guest was my tutor and Master thesis menthor, professor of political philosophy who is addicted to perfumes and with whom I talk about social aspect of perfumes. So, let me present you in short how it was like...