Saturday, August 22, 2009
Kenzo Launches UFO – Unidentified Fragrance Object
Exciting news Fragrance Junkies! Kenzo’s newest fragrance for her, Unidentified Fragrance Object, will be unveiled this fall at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of the retrospective exhibition for designer Ron Arad. Arad was commissioned by Kenzo to create a vehicle for fragrance that breaks with traditional industry codes and evokes sensuality when in contact with the skin. The result – a hand-polished bottle made of Zamac (metal alloy) with a completely internalized spray mechanism. In a bold statement, the curvaceous bottle does not stand vertically and the spray is activated from the side, using the thumb. The complex shape is expressed in a precious rare alloy, Zamac. Exhibition of the bottle in Ron Arad’s retrospectives at the MOMA in New York from August 2nd, 2009 through October 19th, 2009.
Aurélien Guichard, the nose, was tasked with crafting the scent of the skin for this fragrance. Guichard drew on the olfactive memory of his mother who was a sculptor working with marble, and has recreated the scent of marble powder against a woman’s skin.
The perfume is not defined by the traditional olfactory pyramid of top, heart and base notes. Its structure is a balance between a powerful heart, “the marble accord”, and four natural raw ingredients that add facets to the note. The floral notes (orange blossom, Bulgarian rose) add femininity, tenderness and elegance. Frankincense intensifies the pure, mineral character of the lingering notes. Vanilla amplifies intimacy and sensuality.
Bulgarian Rose - known as the finest rose oil in the world, Bulgarian rose is derived from the Damask rose. Roses are a symbol of love and have been used since ancient times in perfumery
Vanilla - Vanilla is native to Mexico and is valued for its sweet flavor and scent. Vanilla is widely used in food preparation and perfumery
Orange Blossom - The orange blossom is highly fragrant and traditionally associated with good fortune. With its soft white petals, it has long been popular in bridal bouquets
Frankincense - An aromatic resin produced by Boswellia trees. It has a balsamic, sweet fragrance and has often been used in perfume and as incense
The bottle will be produced in extreme limited edition of 1,000 units only
Available from August 2009 exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman and kenzousa.com
The 40ml Eau de Parfum will retail for $188 USD.
Ahh but what is even better than that? I was able to obtain a sample (not an actual bottle!) from Kenzo and I am sending to to our very own Joeybunny to sniff and review for you all. I have sniffed it and it's just not my cuppa cuppa. I prefer more floral and light scents. While this fragrance contains Bulgarian rose and orange blossom this is hardly what I would call "floral" no. this is far more rich and stronger than my nose cares to tolerate. Fortunately Joeybunny's nose is keen on such scents and I think she will do a much better job reviewing this scent than I ever could. So keep an eye out in the next week or so...and if you are in New York please go by the MoMA and check out the Arad exhibit!
All images from kenzousa.com