CB 'I hate perfume'
This Perfume line came strongly suggested to me a few months back by my lovely young shop helper Patric.
Looking deeper into the philosophy behind these fragrances I was compelled and enthusiastic about having the opportunity to offer them in the shop.
Christopher Brosius has been creating specific scented landscapes for almost twenty years now. From his early days at Kiehl's, then at Demeter Fragrance Library until the founding of his own line, CB I Hate Perfume, in 2004; Mr. Brosius has been discovering what can be achieved in perfume composition rather than creating just what smells pretty. His perfume company has an unlikely name—CB: I Hate Perfume—but its target consumer is precisely the type who wouldn’t be drawn to fancy fragrances with celebrity names.
“I hate perfume.
Perfume is too often an ethereal corset trapping everyone in the same unnatural shape
A lazy and inelegant concession to fashionable ego
Too often a substitute for true allure and style
An opaque shell concealing everything – revealing nothing
A childish masque hiding the timid and unimaginative
An arrogant slap in the face from across the room
People who smell like everyone else disgust me”
All CB perfumes are created and produced out of their Brooklyn based workshop under the supervision and guidance of it's creator (which assures proper manufacturing, something that is often overlooked with international production of any kind) Using water and oil as a base rather than the commonly used alcohol base, which I find, results in a much more natural and less abrasive odour.
Opting to capture fragrances which evoke nostalgia attached to your sensorial memories CB offers scents that feel and smell a lot more human.
I think this is a beautiful product which defies everything about mainstream perfumes and offers a much more individualistic approach to personal aroma.
With 5 fragrances to choose from our current inventory you will find 3 rather unisex fragrances ( 'Winter 1972', 'In the Library', and 'I am a Dandelion' ), one masculine one, ( 'Cedarwood Tea' ) and one more feminine scent ( 'Tea/Rose' ).
Below is Brosius's description for each of these Perfumes.
WINTER 1972 - A field of untouched new fallen snow, hand knit woollen mittens covered with frost, a hint of frozen forest & sleeping earth.
IN THE LIBRARY - In the Library is a warm blend of English Novel, Russian & Moroccan Leather Bindings, Worn Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish
I AM A DANDELION - Though there are certainly "prettier" flowers, the simple Dandelion is remains my own favourite. Perhaps because its beauty lies in its innocence and the flower constantly reminds me of happier times. Dandelions are also extremely resilient and able to survive very harsh conditions. Much like me...This perfume is the simple scent of a Dandelion newly picked from the lawn.
CEDARWOOD TEA - This is the scent I originally designed for my Wardrobe collection. I made the swift discovery that it is wonderful to wear. In fact, this scent has become one of my personal favourites. So I've redone it in a richer concentration especially for you to wear yourself. Cedarwood Tea is a marvellous warm blend of Himalayan & Moroccan cedars, Black Indian Tea and a touch of incense.
TEA/ROSE - I composed this classic scent with real Tea (Indian Black) and real Moroccan Rose Absolute (Rosa Damascena). What could be more simple or elegant?