August 22, 2011
When I first began writing about fragrance in 2005 Sarah Horowitz Thran was one of my first interviews. Although we never met her story of creating oils and walking up and down with her perfume organ handing them out to everyone in the store whe worked in with Dawn Spencer Hurwitz and on the trolley in Boston), showed me that here was someone special. She created her first “Perfect" fragrance in a tiny shoppe on Newbury Street and when a customer asked to create the smell of a gardenia-Perfect Gardenia was born. Of course I had already been familiar with her fragrances as a publicist with Luckyscent, but over the years,each perfume was a scented postcard for me chronicling her life events, marriage and motherhood.
(Sarah Horowitz Thran, Sarah Baron King, Yosh Han, Maria McElroy were four of the five perfumers who began the firs Untitled series for luckyscent!)
Sarah and Artist Greg Thran Wedding day-all rights reserved
I have watched how her fragrances were shaped by the events of her life (for example Perfect Bliss was created when she wed her husband). To this day one of my favorite fragrances is from her Within series-( Beauty Comes from Within) and that is a great segue way to Sarah’s place in the “pantheon” of our profiles of American perfumers.
Sarah's grandparents-all rights reserved
Profile: I was born on May 7th, 1970, in the Bronx, NY. My parents. Roy and Andrea, moved to
My paternal grandparents both hailed from
My maternal grandparents were both first generation, both from what we call Austria/Hungary. Grandpa Skipper (so called because he loved the water and had a boat) worked as a furrier, as his father did, and his father before him. He traveled extensively through Europe and
My parents met in 1961 , married in 65, and left for
On American Perfumery –
I found perfumery in 1989 in an eclectic apothecary on
The mass market in
My greatest love in American perfumery is certainly the spirit that is so quintessentially “American” – to discover, to try what has not been done before, to dance to the beat of your own drum and create a business around that beat. If I had to chose a fragrance from one of my collections that I felt was the most American, I would have to say Perfect Veil (Editor's Note Rachel Zoe, Madonna and Jennifer Garner are fans of what some call the ultimate skin scent); it can go anywhere, day or night, it appeals to so broad a clientele because it is sheer and soft and luminous – and in these way, it feels free to be whatever it wants to be.
But truly, my most American creations are the custom scents I create for individuals. Unique. Special. Hopefully, inspired. The opportunity to express yourself as you truly are. To me, these are words and concepts that I love to associate with my country.
Editor's Note: I chose the art of Man Ray who was born Emmanuel Radnitzky in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA in 1890, the eldest child of recent Russian Jewish immigrants
Sarah is offering TWO prizes- to two commentors
One is 1.7 ounces of any of her Perfect fragrances, (Please Specify) AND one winner a custome blend perfume!!!
To be eligible leave a comment on what you learned about Sarah and choose your favorite Perfect fragrance (or one you would like to try) AND what memory or notes you would love in an One ounce custom blend perfume. Draw ends August 23, 2011 PLEASE LIKE CaFleureBon Profiles in American Perfumery because this series will run throughout the remainder of the year; and your entry will count as two.