June 17, 2016
Tilda Swinton Tim Walker W Magazine The Surreal World November 2014 Rothko Chapel
Most of us strive for harmony and a sense of ease in our lives. Minimal drama. Let’s not forget the power and the beauty of conflict. To understand light, we need to know darkness. Without having experienced sadness, you would never know what happiness is. Contrasts have the power to fascinate us, to enrich our lives, to allow us to grow stronger.
Based on this concept of opposites creating balance, the Munich House Lengling has released noteworthy fragrances they call extrait scentiments since 2015. As the name indicates, the perfumes of Lengling are characterized by two opposing notes of LENG and LING, think Yin and Yang… that compliment the other in surprising ways. Combining tradition and modernity, softness and harsh edges each fragrance is a study in contrasts… resulting in unique harmonies.
Ursula and Christian Lengling
The founders of LenLing are Ursula and Christian Lengling, partners both in business and in life. After having run their own successful business selling high-end fragrances all over the world, they used their knowledge and passion to start their own perfume brand which combines Ursula’s creativity and Christian’s experience. Each perfume has a LENG and LING note that are widely different but work beautifully in tandem. They are parfum extraits, that wear close to the skin , contain a high concentration of fragrance oils and both Ursula and Christian are comitted to sustainability. Our favorite of the moment is No 6 A La Carte.
Agnyess Deyn Tim Walker
Let’s begin with the LENG-note – “fatal oud”. Not an accord, but real agarwood, with all its dark and secret complexities. Dangerously opulent resting on a pillow of the smoothest and most luxurious sandalwood it is both erotic and beguiling, lush and tempting. Dancing with the devil.
Gemma Ward by Tim Walker Vogue August 2004
For the LING-note there is “Sugary delicacies”. Christian and Ursula did not just randomly throw in gourmand ingredients like baking a haphazard cake in the kitchen, but created a culinary dessert one would find at a five star restaurant. Dotted with pistachio, tossed with toffee and baked in the most delicate vanilla, with a bit of spice so that the perfume is not cloying.
Kate Moss, Ritz Paris, Vogue US April 2012 Black Tie Bed Tim Walker
When it comes to Gourmands we are very picky. No one over the age of 10 want to smell like a cupcake or an ice cream cone. Oud, so ubiquitious now, can be harsh and most are very challenging for us to wear. In No 6 A La Carte there is the perfection; for those who want a terrific wearable oud perfume and those who love their gourmands. No 6 – À la carte is a fragrance of the night, of feeding delicious treats to one’s lover in bed.
Leng-Note: Fatal Oud
Oud, Sandalwood, Styrax, Olibanum
Ling-Note: Sugary delicacies
Pistachio, Toffee, Pink Pepper, Vanille
Micheyn Camen Editor in Chief and Guest Contributor Barbara Korp,
Disclosure: Perfume provided by Ursula and Christian Lengling, opinion is my own.
Art Direction and Note: Lengling is sold at First In Fragrance. As of now it is not sold in the US. All photography by Tim Walker–Michelyn
Thanks to Ursula and Christian Lengling, we have worldwide draw of one bottle (50ml) of No 6 – À la carte or a sample set of all seven fragrances a registered CafleureBon reader. To be eligible, please leave a comment with what appeals to you about our No 6 A La Carte review, where you live and two contrasting notes that you enjoy in a perfume and if you would like the No 6 or a sampler. If there is a particular Lengling that appeals to you we would love to know. Draw closes June 20, 2016
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