The bi-annual Elements Showcase brings to NYC people from all over the world who have at least one thing in common: passion for perfume. This year saw arrivals from as far as Australia (Tommi Sooni ), right along with the usual and unusual American and European suspects. The Elements is a great opportunity to mingle with artists, industry insiders, and other bloggers. Today was the first day of the 2013 show (it continues tomorrow). I came home smelling fabulous.
I always love seeing natural perfumers take their rightful place among their peers. There were quite a few of them today, familiar faces such as Charna Ethier of Providence Perfume Company; familiar names like Tanja Bochnig from April Aromatics and Maria Candida Gentile, as well as new ones such as Purusa that uses a balm base to mix with the natural essence and anchor it.
As always, luxury lines with their gorgeous bottles had a massive presence: Arquiste, Jovoy, Micallef (there are several new perfumes coming out soon), Carner Barcelona, Humiecki & Graef (one day I'll learn how to pronounce this name), Illuminum, and many others.
You probably heard some of the buzz around Enchanted Forest, the new fragrance (created by Bertrand Duchaufour) from Fragrantica owners. It's a unique one that's worth the skin space and nose time, and I say it as someone who doesn't necessarily like berry-heavy perfumes.
As in previous Elements shows there was more than just perfume to explore. Nail polish, organic skin care, men's products, and makeup. I always enjoy seeing Kjaer Weis color cosmetics and hearing what's new. There's a mascara coming out soon and a compact foundation is also in the works.
As you can imagine, there'll be quite a few reviews in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!