Notetaking’s Best of 2021 [So Far…]

EXCEPTIONAL OLFACTION: Wait one hot minute...it's only July! Yes, I fully realize that there are likely stunning fragrances to come (or that I've missed altogether), with amazing scents just right around the corner. Before I step away from the microphone I wanted to give credence to those which have already impressed halfway through the year.... Continue Reading →

Unexpected. That’s The Way I Like It.

“After arriving in Saint Louis at 19, Henry Shaw sold steel products from his family's business in Sheffield, England and made his fortune quickly. After retiring at an early age, Shaw set out to travel the world, exploring Southern Europe, Northern Africa and the Far East. In his travels, Shaw decided to bring back the... Continue Reading →

Let The Sun Shine In

“Perfumer Shawn Maher, a finalist for the 2020 Art + Olfaction Awards, made his name through Chatillon Lux. However, a desire create without restrictions on budget or materials led to Maher Olfactive. This is olfactory art for art's sake.  A juxtaposition, reframing classic materials in a way that presents them with a new sense of wonder in cruelty-free... Continue Reading →

The Singing Conifers

“This scent is a confluence the coniferous forests and the incense burning in the newly settled hamlet. It's a confluence of cultures and of scents….Here in Saint Louis, the word “confluence” is used for many reasons. Of course, the easiest connection is the meeting of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. But also, due to its origins... Continue Reading →

Two Men, Two Scents

THE HISTORY OF FRAGRANCE IN HINDSIGHT: “Birth year of a Parisian gentleman, named Donatien-Alphonse-François, which posterity remembers as the Marquis de Sade. For this man, whose licentious morals had him imprisoned many times, luxury rhymes with literature. The libertine writer would undoubtedly have enjoyed the audacity of this spiced wooded scent, an invitation to pleasure... Continue Reading →

Midwest Vintage Flair

“The Missouri Weinstrasse, a region my ancestors helped grow, features many wineries with sweet, white wines in the German tradition, along winding countryside roads. This fragrance aims to reimagine the fougère with a white grape top note and a lush, dense supporting cast of flora and fauna that could be found on the winding trails, perfect for a... Continue Reading →

EP 77: Effervescent Petals

ALL ROSY: By American perfumer Shawn Maher comes another wildly interesting fragrance that is a curious as it is indulgent. His work often references sense of place, and this one is "an homage to the gardens of Henry Shaw, a philanthropist and botanical enthusiast whose gardens are Saint Louis' present-day Missouri Botanical Gardens and Tower... Continue Reading →

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