Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

A scent like no other: alternative fragrance from Paris perfume house now available in Dubai

Oud Vendome from Ex Nihilo, available at Bloomingdale’s Dubai. Courtesy Ex Nihilo
Oud Vendome from Ex Nihilo, available at Bloomingdale’s Dubai. Courtesy Ex Nihilo

Many a perfumer laments the dilution of the fragrance market owing to mass-produced scents and scented everything. Alternative perfume house Ex Nihilo was established in Paris to counter just this, by blending the purest raw materials in combinations that commercial luxury brands may not necessary commission or market.

Fun fact: Ex Nihilo is a Latin expression that denotes a creation with no previous reference.

In keeping with its philosophy of using the latest technology and incorporating members of the artistic community at large, the noses who collaborate on the scents for Ex Nihilo are not restricted to students of perfumery, but also include talents from architecture, design and artisanal glassmaking.

Here are some interesting blends from Ex Nihilo, now available in the UAE, exclusively at Bloomingdale’s in The Dubai Mall.

Oud Vendome: a scent that Paris-ifies agarwood, with notes of saffron, ginger, cedar, incense, musk, oud accord and galbanum. The fragrance was created by Olivier Pescheux, who has also collaborated with Dior, Diptyque, Lanvin, Montblanc and YSL.

Jasmin Fauve: a scent that combines floral and leather notes, with ingredients such as lily of the valley, orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose, animal accord and ambrox. The fragrance was created by Aurélien Guichard, who has also collaborated with Azzaro, Davidoff, Gucci, Issey Miyake and Versace.

Vetiver Moloko: a scent that’s at once creamy and woody, with notes of bergamot, vanilla, vetiver, milky accord, cypress and amyris. Created by Guillaume Flavigny, who has also collaborated with Elizabeth Arden, Moschino, Balmain and Esprit.

Venenum Kiss: a scent that’s reminiscent of candied apricots and vanilla essence, with its notes of neroli, nutmeg, rose absolute, vanilla accord and amber. Created by Quentin Bisc, who has also collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Thierry Mugler and Victoria’s Secret.

The perfumes are contained within in art deco bottles with futuristic-looking caps engraved with the brand’s initials – also making for stylish and standout gifts.

The perfumes cost from Dh1,270 for 100ml and are available exclusively at Bloomingdale’s Dubai in the UAE. The brand will also launch a Middle East-exclusive fragrance in time for Ramadan.