Soliflore Notes | Snapshots


Snapshot #9, Julia Zangrilli, NOVA

25 Jul 2013 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Snapshots

I met Julia Zangrilli in her intimate studio just a few weeks ago, and one thing that resonates is her knack for making sophisticated custom fragrances that are perfectly tailored for her clientele. Together we smelled not only her first retail release, Chakra, (read my…

Snapshot #8, Maria McElroy, aroma M

11 May 2013 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Snapshots

Maria McElroy is one of the few deeply glamorous people that I know. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit her studio, and experience her keen eye for detail, reverence for ceremony, and infectious laughter. I first met Maria earlier this year at…

Snapshot #7, Yosh Han, YOSH olfactory sense

19 Feb 2013 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Snapshots

Here is a small window into this perfumer’s world, an email chat with Yosh Han. I find Yosh to be clever, intuitive, fun-loving, and steadfast-an interesting mix. Enjoy. Valerie   (VV) Where were you born? Is this where you grew up? (Yosh) I was born…

Snapshot #5: David Seth Moltz, D.S. & Durga

15 Jul 2012 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Snapshots

(VV) Where did you grow up? (DSM) Swampscott, MA   (VV) Can you share a childhood olfactive memory? (DSM) I lived right by the ocean. Wild beach rose grew everywhere in the summer.   (VV) Do you have any daily rituals? (DSM) Meditation. Making tea…

Snap Shot 4: She Wore L’Air du Temps

11 May 2012 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Snapshots

Describing Aunt Ruthie is a delightful thing to do. She was ultra feminine, fun loving, and a methodical lady. Details were important to her, but not in an uptight stuffy way, if that makes sense. For instance, if you needed to know how long you…

Snapshot 3: My Sister and No. 6, “M”

06 Sep 2011 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Snapshots

One summer my sister and her friend took a summer job landscaping and mowing lawns. They were just 18, fierce, and the only girls in the back of a pick-up truck full of shirtless landscapers. At the end of the day, my sister would arrive…

Snapshot 2: Dad and Acqua di Cuba

19 Jun 2011 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Snapshots

Today, I find myself thinking about Mint Juleps, especially the ones I made for my father. First I would prepare the simple syrup, then muddle the mint and add it to the syrup to create an infusion. Let it sit a bit. Pour the bourbon…

Snapshot: Arpège and Mom

02 May 2011 Posted by Valerie Vitale in Snapshots

The term ‘minimalism’ is a trend from early 19th century and gradually became an important movement in response to the over decorated design of the previous period. Minimalist architecture became popular in the late 1980s in London and New York.