THE MOLECULE: Quincester®
Eve’s fruit of temptation may not have been an apple, but a quince. For the ancient Greeks, it was a symbol of love, dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. The effusive Quincester®, a captive molecule developed by Firmenich, conveys the heavenly tartness of the pear-like quince. “It’s crisp, lively, so radiant it’s almost fluorescent!” says Frank Voelkl, who admits it was love at first sniff for him.
THE SCENT: In Search of Paradise
In para_íso, the radiant Quincester®, guides you “In Search Of” or ISO, the ubiquitous acronym. Cutting through a maze of green vines, the laser-sharp molecule reveal a vibrant oasis of green, floral, fruity and woody notes. Iris, jasmine sambac and a full-bodied, almost coconutty muguet note, the captive Lilyflore®, nestle the tart, juicy fruit in their dewy petals. White Tea Nature Print, a vividly realistic reproduction of the floral-scented beverage, introduces luminous cedarwood. A mirror-like waterfall reflects the light of this bright composition. The search is over: para_íso is your smile as you bite into the forbidden fruit.
A consummate cosmopolitan whose first calling was diplomacy, the German-born, New York-based Frank Voelkl grew up in the Netherlands and France. It was in his grandfather’s farm in Germany that he discovered the scents of nature. During his teenage years in Paris, he was drawn into the world of fine fragrance, spending all his weekends happily sniffing away in a parfumerie on the rue de Rivoli. But it was his wife’s birthplace, Tahiti, which inspired his first composition in 1997, Tiaré by Chantecaille. Frank, who has been working for Firmenich since 2005, thinks of scents in terms of colors, melodies and musical movement. In his compositions, he strives for “perfect imperfection”—to him, it is those very imperfections that yield beauty and emotion. For Nomenclature, he signs adr_ett, efflor_esce, lumen_esce, holy_wood and para_íso.