Almost every great idea I’ve ever had in life has come to me in a dream — but not all of the dreams have happened while I was asleep. Sometimes a photograph or a painting or a piece of music can send me into a waking journey — a fantasy life that exists just below the surface of my everyday reality. The scent concept for my new scent line came to me exactly this way — from a many-headed hydra of inspiration drawn from movies, books, and music I have loved, artists I have known, and places I have visited. Out of this kaleidoscopic wellspring came the idea of a collection of unisex scents, each based on a specific time and place in history, and perhaps a person who, though a stranger to the place, somehow came to capture the very essence of it.
Grace Kelly was the Philadelphia daughter of a bricklayer and housing developer who became a movie star and icon. With her signature fresh-scrubbed American beauty, she made the continental glamour of the Mediterranean somehow impossibly more glamorous. I imagine her in a simple cotton shift dress and boat shoes, stepping off a sailboat onto the dock at Capri. There’s a snapshot somewhere, just like this image in my head, I am sure.
I was a child of the 1970s, fully steeped in imagery of the hippie generation. But it wasn’t the mud and glory of Woodstock that fascinated me. It was the more exotic images — Bianca Jagger marrying Mick in St. Tropez in a white suit jacket and matching hat; pop royalty in Marrakech, wearing silky embroidered caftans and jeweled sandals, perfumes of incense, jasmine and perhaps a bit of hashish clinging to their long hair.
In each of these fantasies, there is a scent that matches perfectly the time and place and the personality of the dream itself. These scents are the basis for the new Expatica Scent Collection — 100% natural perfumes made of some of the most coveted and exotic natural perfume ingredients in the world. I will be launching the first of these scents this summer: the subtly hypnotic and entirely delicious Marrakech 1971. You may even find a sample of it in your next skin care order. Stay in touch for more info about this exciting launch!