September 8, 2014
Maiyet is a fashion house founded by Kristy Caylor and Paul van Zyl that has established global partnerships to create high fashion that is artisanal and made from local, sustainable materials. They also provide training for their artisans to produce the highest quality workmanship and help bring prosperity to their communities. For this opportunity to create a scent exclusive to Barneys New York, they worked with Master Perfumer Ralf Schweiger of Mane to compose a signature perfume. Maiyet X Barneys, utilizes ingredients from their artisan partner countries, such as Indonesian patchouli, Indian saffron, jasmine and sandalwood, and Nambian Myrrh. According to Kristy Caylor, Founder, President, and Creative Director of Maiyet the perfume is "Infused with scent notes inspired by our artisan locations throughout the world… this fragrance embodies the spirit of Maiyet and the Maiyet woman.”
Maiyet Fall 2014 Collection, from Maiyet website
Although the fragrance ingredients used in Maiyet X Barneys perfume might sound like it would be intense and enveloping, the scent is actually beautifully subtle. It opens with bright fruity bergamot touched with saffron. The perfume at this stage is a tad sweet, but it matures away from that sweetness pretty quickly into a creamy well rounded fragrance. Maiyet X Barneys New York will be especially appealing to women (and men) who crave a scent that whispers, rathers than shouts. It is more unique than the typical unobstrusive fragrance that is a barely there ubiquitous floral or fresh scent. But don't be fooled by this quiet perfume; it is exotic in its own way with understated sensuality. A good neck-snuffle would be encouraged. The ultimate skin scent at the dry down is what makes Maiyet X Barneys very sexy without trying too hard. Warm, soft, and smooth, with a delicate touch of sweet vanilla and myrrh, a sliver of warm woods, and an unexpected pinch of salt, it is soothing, blooms a bit, and has good longevity. As you would expect, sillage is minimal and intimate. I can see this being a great perfume for the fall as well as warmer seasons.
Notes: Italian Bergamot, Indian Jasmine and Saffron, Namibian Myrrh, Indian Sandalwood and Indonesian Patchouli
My sample was graciously provided by Barneys New York in San Francisco. It is available online and in store exclusively at Barneys New York. $195 for 100 ml.
Tama Blough, Managing Editor
Nabibian Landscape 8 by Frank Janssens
The Namibian myrrh was harvested in partnership with Mane’s Kustha Project, an organization promoting economic empowerment through fair trade and labor. (click for a PDF explanation of the project)
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