April 27, 2017
Clara Molloy photographed by Sofia Dadourian
In our Creative Directors in Perfumery Series, Clara Molloy who founded Memo Paris wrote “The name of the brand, Memo, comes from Memory. Olfaction is our most archaic sense. A fragrance can reveal you, transform you”. Mme. Molloy works in collaboration with perfumer Alienor Massenet since the brand’s inception in 2006.
Lawrence of Arabia, 1962, directed by David Lean
The word Shams is Arabic for Sun. Released in 2011, Shams Oud is one of the ‘oudiest’ ouds I have smelled, yet there is a sense of glowing brightness permeating the fragrance brought in by ginger at the top and cypriol (similar to papyrus) lending an earthy, leathery quality not unlike vetiver. I Inhale this fragrance and imagine Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence in the movie “Lawrence of Arabia” as dawn breaks in the desolate desert. This fragrance is dry, almost desiccated, but there is a sense of another time, culture and place.
Peter O’Toole and the ‘match’ scene
There is a pivotal scene in David Lean’s classic film, when Lawrence lights a match, his face enigmatic as he lets the flame burn and then extinguishes it with his other finger. He blows out the match and smiles, “It only hurts if you let it”. Shams Oud is exotic, difficult and for those who are looking for a run-of-the mill commercial fragrance, painful. For the rest of us, there is pleasure, as Shams Oud is of one of the best fragrances in the Les Echappees collection.
Michelyn Camen, Editor in Chief
Disclosure: Shams Oud from my collection and Sebastian was given a bottle of Shams Oud; opinions are our own.
Photo by Sebastian ©
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