THE PERFUMER: Patricia Choux
THE MOLECULE: Orbitone®
It softens other materials, appeases tensions between musk, woody and floral notes, and makes perfume blends light as clouds… Since the early 1990s, “the transparent woody-ambery odor of Iso E Super has shaped and defined modern perfumery like hardly any other material,” writes the fragrance chemist Philip Kraft. With Orbitone®, Takasago offers a sophisticated, surprisingly textured version of this indispensable molecule.
THE SCENT: Wood in orbit
Orbits are the result of a perfect balance between momentum and gravity. And in orb_ital, Patricia Choux has brilliantly used the balancing qualities of her star molecule to create a new fragrant planetary system. Violet and rhubarb; pepper, cedar and roast coffee; tobacco, smoke, and a whiff of struck match… Of the many facets spinning around Orbitone® the perfumer has picked pepper as the main force of attraction. The spice’s cool-hot burn acts from top to base notes in orb_ital, exerting its pull on a creamy sandalwood compound, Takasago’s Hindinol®, anchored by sacred olibanum.
If it hadn’t been raining on the French Riviera where her family was vacationing, the Burgundy-born Patricia Choux might never have decided to become a perfumer at the early age of ten. That day, she went on an excursion to Grasse. The little girl was mesmerized by the alembics and essences of the Fragonard Museum. She drew perfume bottles and invented names for them. In 1993, after graduating from ISIPCA, the perfumery school of Versailles, she embarked on an international career that led her from Germany to England, France and finally New York, where she has been working for Takasago since 2009. A fearless perfumer who loves to break with convention, the globetrotting Patricia feeds her inspiration with painting, drawing and running marathons all over the world. For Nomenclature, she signs orb_ital and iri_del.