Secondary Olfactory Family: Wood
Tonic note: Cypress
Dominant note: Cedarwood
Sub Dominant: Venetian Varnish
As part of the Leonard Cohen exhibition at the Jewish Museum of New York, I was invited by Claudia Gould to create a perfume inspired by the work and life of the maestro.
From all his poetry and genius available, I got struck by his thoughts describing his guitar:
“I was compelled (...) to go and open my guitar. I have a Conde guitar, which was made in Spain... I pick up an instrument I acquired over 40 years ago. I took it out of the case, I lifted it, and it seemed to be filled with helium it was so light. And I brought it to my face and I put my face close to the beautifully designed rosette, and I inhaled the fragrance of the living wood. You know that wood never dies. I inhaled the fragrance of cedar as fresh as the first day that I acquired the guitar...”
It was an immediate mandate that I had to recreate the scent of his guitar. By wonderful serendipity, in 2017 I visited the workshop of Felipe Conde to acquire one of his famed guitars. We’ve discussed the story of the woods he used, inherited from his grandfather and father, as family jewels. Most of these woods, as being myself a guitar builder when I was a young boy, were the first type of woods that I begin distilling when I started creating perfumes. Canadian cedars, Cocobolo, Spruce from the alps, specially Cypress from Spain, Cedar from Cuba and Argentina, plus the Venetian varnish made from exotic resins which will keep the right amount of humidity on the woods. All these elements create the fascinating identity of the guitar scent, which while being played and getting warmed by the body of the player, starts projecting its perfume through the music as air vibrations.
I formulated and produced Seis Acrodes using the same woods found on Leonard’s guitar, it was not created as a perfume but as the representation of the scent of his music, and as a way for us to smell the same molecules he smelled while playing his Cypress guitar.
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