As a high-school student I developed a near-obsession with a 1950s bottle of Chanel No 5. Sketches were all over my note books. The contours weren't exciting (like a bottle of Poison), so I couldn't explain the 'why'. Though, if I take a minute to look about the room I'm sitting in now (2015), there are similar almost-square edges in the furnishings and architectural detail.
The aroma that transports me is an original Oriental fragrance, spicy, citrusy and romantic. Created in 1953 by Josephine Catapano for the Estee Lauder perfume house, Youth Dew is the time-machine. In my early memories my grandmother was trendy, stylish, active and confident -- and Youth Dew was her scent.
It's taken me five years of 'playing' to perfect my memory of the aromatic notes:
Top notes: orange, spices, bergamot, and lavender
Heart notes: cassia, orchid, jasmine, cloves, ylang-ylang, rose
Base notes: tolu balsam, peru balsam, amber, patchouli vanilla, oakmoss, vetiver and incense.
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician