There is a man that just has to mention the name of a perfume and it magically appears in his life…
Tonight in The Scented Salon we are talking to The Husband of The Non-Blonde. His name is Ori. He had a very fragrant childhood on a dairy farm and now lives in New Jersey surrounded by scent. New Jersey is not just a state; it is a state-of-mind which is stronger than a storm.
Welcome to The Scented Salon Ori. Shalom to you and your family. Are you non-blonde yourself?
Thank you Jordan. I’m actually known as “The Blonde”, although not much of it is left.
Does your name have a special meaning?
It means “My Light”. My parents were optimistic.
What was your first fragrance?
For many years, fragrance for me was aftershave. Tabac Original and Brut. An old Millionaire my father passed on to me. Gaia, The Non-Blonde was the first to buy me a perfume (Minotaur by Paloma Picaso) and she worked hard to convince me she was not kidding and men could and should wear perfume.
What did you waft in the 80′s and 90′s?
The sweet smell of cow manure and machine oil. Sometimes together.
Do you buy for yourself?
I do, but more often it is enough that I mention I really like a scent and a bottle mysteriously appears.
Sounds like you have a genie at home. Do you prefer Cologne or Edt or Edp?
Mostly Edt but I do like something with longevity and would love it if more perfumes for men would actually come in Edp. Not enough do.
What are your perfume preferences or notes that you like?
My Vetiver shelf is maxed out but otherwise, I like quite a variety of things, as long as they are well made and have a unique presence.
Some favorite notes: Wood, Leather, Smoke, Herbal, Incense, Green, Iris, Citrus and did I mention Vetiver?
What notes do you not like or cannot wear?
Most Rose notes turn sour on my skin, strong Cumin notes, strong Oud, pretty Florals, very sweet notes (although Honey actually works on me) and most edible / gourmand notes. I just don’t think of myself as yummy.
Maybe your wife does though. What do you wear now and in what circumstances?
I do try to reach to the back of the closet more often, but my current favorites are:
What is it like living with a Perfumista?
Enriching. As a total novice, getting introduced to a wonderful and complex world of scent was and still is a process of discovery. I like trying new things and found that the more I know about ingredients, notes, compositions and the art involved, then the more I enjoy it. Having a live-in expert guide is a nice benefit.
What is your career?
I have a degree in computer science and currently manage the Web Solutions unit of a technology consulting company.
What about a fragrant experience?
Previously we have had a mountain-top scent experience in Bhutan, a pavement in Vienna on a hot day and Carlos Huber from Arquiste smelling an entire Island.
Maybe yours is a family or childhood memory?
I wrote a guest post for Gaia on some of my childhood scent memories and how they impact my current preferences. One of my favorite posts… Scent Memories – “I’m a farm boy and while the Manly Men I grew up around used aftershave here and there, perfume was for girls. That said, the world of a dairy farm is wonderfully fragrant and many of these unique scents are still with me and shaped how I perceive and feel about perfume today.”
What suits you for work?
I have the great pleasure of doing most of my work from home so anything goes. When I travel on business, I like things that will last the whole day and can still create a calm scent bubble on a late flight back home.
New Jersey is 10 minutes from New York if Gaia is driving. What does New York smell like?
New York is many things but clean is not one of them. Between the uncollected garbage (the NYC signature scent for most of the summer), car exhaust, cigarette smoke (since there is a ban on smoking inside, the streets are lined with smokers), and just the sheer volume of humanity and its dogs. When I go to NYC I usually put on something with a strong presence to overcome anything we may encounter.
Do you ever have to try stuff so that Gaia doesn’t have to?
Nope. Only her scent twin may get to that level of perfume trust.
What do you listen to and what do you read?
I like most types of music (with the exception of modern “Urban” music and heavy metal) from Classical to jazz, and popular music. We are trying to keep up to date with the “Alternative” music (somehow, we all started using the iTunes labels for music). My favorite radio station is WFUV.
I also garden.
I love our back yard and the small vegetable patch we have (tomatoes will be ready next week) at least when it is not so hot and humid..
I ask my wife. She knows.
Do you think perfumery is art, artisanal, design and manufacturing, molecular architecture or something else?
I see perfumery as art. The process of translating a personal vision, mood, and feeling into a medium that others can experience and appreciate is for me art. It can be done by an artisan at their home studio or as commercial art by the big labs. As with every art, the appreciation is subjective. What the masses may adore we can see as commercial dreck.
Who do you admire in The Fragrant Stratosphere?
I admire true artisans and artists who pursue their passion for perfume and create wonderful scents. Some of the people I admire are Andy Tauer, Vero Kern, Mandy Aftel, Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, Chris Brosius, and many others.