I’m often intrigued by the contrasts between the aromatic materials I work with. Some essences smell deep and mysterious, others are incandescently bright, still others occupy a middle ground between dark and light. And sometimes, it’s the interplay between contrasting essences — of the spaces in a composition where they might meet, and the emotions they might evoke — that inspires me to create a perfume.

So it was with Neroli Noir. One day I was in my studio making tinctures of two of my favorite aromatic materials, neroli and orange blossom — sublime white florals procured from the blossoms of the bitter orange tree. As it happened, there was a cup of hot cocoa on the table, its delectable aroma wafting insistently towards my nose. The radiantly beautiful scent of the white florals bumped up against the darkly sumptuous and comforting smell of the cocoa. And I thought, wait a minute. And Neroli Noir was born. — Claudia