July 16, 2016
Nicolas Jennings (Photo Sharini Parfums)
Sharini Parfums Naturals Rose Blanche Santal Blanc with wood stoppers
From his wooden organ in the South of France, he creates visionary perfume, capped with wood themselves; an almost extension of the workspace sacred to the process of perfume. Sacred wood is the definition of sandalwood, and sandalwood is the canvas on which Sharini Parfums reflects back two gorgeous examples of Jennings work.
Sharini Parfums is located at Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillonin Southern France
Santal Blanc and Rose Blanche are olfactory extensions of this place where Nicholas brings his dreams to liquid fruition. Each are perfume projections onto a “blanc” screen of sandalwood- much like movies are projected onto a white screen. The guazey wooden backdrop is to serve the other notes and give hermetic seal for the viewing of such movement. Both contain a sandalwood hydrosol aspect- a sheer and watered version of the classic ingredient.
Jean Pierre Cassigneul, De ma fenêtre, 1978
Santal Blanc is a study in sandalwood drying in the sunshine, for its top notes are a moment of almost fruited wet sandalwood before a morning sun heats the collected oil and floral water off of citrus while shining on the fresh shaved wood. An herbal background, including clary sage, colognesque cypress and petitgrain gives support to the idea of being outside, the world in its full greenery. As the sandalwood starts to shift, to dry, there is the sense of a resin being exuded; anise powdered vetiver and cistus. In the final dry down, a very smooth sandalwood mingles with copaiba to produce an almost dark floral aspect reflecting the idea our sandalwood is entering a bramble filled night. Notes: Bergamot, mandarin, cypress, petitgrain, clary sage, ylang, star anise, vetiver, copaiba, cistus and sandalwood.
Jean-Pierre Cassigneul, Dans la Roseraie, 1975
Rose Blanche opens with white trellis sandalwood with an entwined greenery blooming with multiple roses- thanks to an accord of white and damask roses. Floating atop an almost lactonic note, our white screen “blanc” effect again, green lemon and palmarosa boost the rose to an almost fruited level. The longevity of this inside the bud heart is deliriously extensive.
Jean Pierre Cassigneul Roses Tree Noii
Green wooden notes are evident, and it lends to the image of a freshly cut garden rose- not the thorn and aroma castrated flower shop variety. Iris and Gurjan cedar ease the precious flower into dry down; offering the touch of spring and of the top notes sprinkled like fallen petals onto the ground. Cabrueva, benzoin and sandalwood give thorny stem perfection to a bouquet of roses. This rose feature playing out on our theme of sandalwood theater- two blockbusters in the genre of “Film Blanc”.
Notes: Green lemon, bergamot, pink pepper, grapefruit, white rose, damask rose, palmarosa, iris, benzoin, Gurjan cedar and cabrueva.
-Einsof, Natural Perfume Editor
(disclosure: my samples were provided by Sharini Parfums for review.)
Sharini Parfums is a certified perfumer with the Natural Perfumer’s Guild.
Art Direction: This was difficult image wise as Einsof painted such a clear vision of sandalwood as theater painted on white movie screens, I used the art of Jean Pierre Cassigneul who began painting in the 1950s using a bright palette and portrayed nature interaction with women.The paintings have a Japanesque wood block style, He was influenced by The Post-Impressionist group called Les Nabis began painting in the 1890s. Les Nabis means “the prophets” in Hebrew.-Michelyn
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