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De Bachmakov – By The Different Company store I sat down and wept… (Monday, June 20th, 2011 New Fragrance Listing)

Photo - Wikipedia - Martinis with olives as a garnish  Kyle May 11/17/2007

Sometimes the perfume gods just turn their backs on you. The last time I was in Paris, I had De Bachmakov  by The Different Company on my list of things to buy. I had smelled it, fell for it and now I wanted to own it. Simple, right?

We were staying in the Marais area, the smoking hot part of Paris right now, visiting with friends – really easy, really nice, lots of fun. The first day we went to the left bank for lunch and I had a chance to nip into Le Bon Marché where I intended to pick up De Bachmakov.

Now, here’s the thing about travelling with people – you are now part of a herd and the herd decides what’s best for the herd. “I’m just going to nip in here and pick something up” was met with “But we have a reservation for lunch. We don’t want be late…” And, because I’m a grown-up I went to lunch. So close, so very close – sigh.

But staying in the Marais was good because that’s where The Different Company has its store, so, I thought, there will be plenty of opportunities to pick up the juice there. Gentle reader, it was not meant to be. Throughout the week, I would maneuver the group to Rue Ferdinand Duval only to discover that the shop didn’t open before noon, closed early, was closed Mondays, and Tuesdays, most Wednesdays, Thursdays were dodgy, Friday maybe, Saturday for a little while in the afternoon, and Sundays were iffy. At least that’s the way it felt to me because whenever I walked by it, that store was closed.

It took a little time, some determination, and little patience but finally Venus, Mars and Le Bon Marché aligned and I got my bottle of juice. Was it worth all the effort? [Me not missing a beat] Absolutely!

The Different Company was launched in 2000 by nose Jean-Claude Ellena and art director/designer Thierry de Baschmakoff who has designed leather goods, watches, eye glasses as well as flacons for Bulgari, Jaguar and The Different Company, among others. By 2005 Céline Ellena, Jean-Claude’s daughter, had become the house nose at TDC. In 2010, TDC launched De Bachmakov. Created by Céline Ellena, it was inspired by the Grasse-born de Baschmakoff’s Russian heritage. What a heritage it must be, because this is a swooner.

It opens with a cold blast of bergamot and alcohol – like lemon and vodka – how very Russian. Now, it gets interesting. As the top notes fade, craie douce appears, adding its soft mineral/musky/woody facet that is the backdrop for the whole scent. Next, shiso leaf adds a green, herby, minty note while coriander leaf adds a gentle spiciness – very exotic. The kicker is the freesia and jasmine which add a gorgeous floral dimension right at the heart and sets the stage for the base of warm, spicy nutmeg and piney, woody cedar, with that craie douce always playing in the background.

De Bachmakov is starts out cold, angular and while it does get warmer and greener and floral, it never loses its cool. It is a uniquely gorgeous scent that stays close to the skin. It’s my latest crush – and so worth rushin’ around Paris for.

Today, we’re adding De Bachmakov to our decant sample offering. Decants are $6.00.