Milan: Esxence 2014 The Scent of Excellence + Campomarzio70: Photo Essay


Post by Val the Cookie Queen


I was invited by Campomarzio70 for the “Inspiring Paintings, Perfumes on Canvas” Vernissage. At the same time Vero Profumo would be presenting their new fragrance “Rozy”. This had me in an uncontrollable state of excitement. I called my BFF Dr Judith Fox, a cognitive behaviour therapist, and invited her to come along with me. Better safe than sorry.

Whilst down there I planned to nip into the Esxence too, seeing as it was so close

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THE ITALIAN JOB. CQ and Dr. Fox go to Milan

We left at 07.00 with 648 kilometers to go. About a seven hour trip not including pee stops and caffeine top ups. With the exception of a bug hurling itself into the windscreen with such thud that we both jumped, the trip was uneventful, the weather glorious. We arrived at our hotel under the guidance of Alice, our navigation system. At this point we still liked her. A quick freshen up and time to marvel at the flush in our bathroom and off to the show. Grabbing our press passes at the door we headed in. (For an in depth coverage of the event please see Chemist in a Bottle or Colognoisseur)

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We had a date with Antonio Gardoni from Bogue Profumo and I was stoked. Antonio is so passionate about what he is doing it was a joy to talk with him. Bugs and juniper barrels, cypress oil and seasons. We sniffed Bogue´s Cologne Reloaded, which Antonio spritzed into the clay masks. Literally breathtaking. A post featuring Bogue´s Reloaded coming up soon. Antonio introduced us to the Nu_Be crew afterwards. Funky people. We saw Neela Vermeire a while later, but there are no good pictures and I will NOT post a crappy picture, so you´ll have to imagine it.

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Hungry and tired we headed back to the hotel. It took a while because Alice totally freaked out and tried to get us to drive through a pedestrian zone several times from a number of different angles. We tricked her by heading to Rome so that she would finally recalculate. Eventually we made it. We ate at a superb working class cafeteria, delicious fish and spaghetti with fresh tomatoes and buffalo mozarella, accompanied by several televisions all showing the Juventus game. Excellent.

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Early start the next day and after a caffeinated breakfast, we were on our way to Via Dante 14, downtown Milan, where Campomarzio70 were located. We parked the Mini Fox close by, and went to pick up Vero Kern from her hotel. We met Nicola Pozzani of “ssence – the senses of perfume” at the hotel as well. He would be giving an interactive lecture on Scent in Saudi Arabia at the Esxence later that afternoon.

Off we went together. The Essential Culture event was artistic, elegant, and intimate. Each perfume house with a small display. Want a list? Isabey. Amorvero. Von Eusersdorf. Cire Trudon. Grossmith. By Kilan. Mona di Orio. Brecourt. Vero Profumo. Ramon Monegal. Maison Francis Kurkdjian. Memo. Yosh. Fuegia 1833. As some of you know Jordi Molla painted a picture inspired by one particular fragrance from each house. Extremely stylish. Dr Fox and I both loved the artwork.

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I überspritzed Vero Profumo´s Rozys, one on each arm. They were after all the reason I was there.

We attended Nicola´s interactive lecture over at the Esxence later in the afternoon, which I will cover in a future post. Fascinating. Saudi Arabia Kingdom of Odours. A stroll around the Esxence had us leaving with the new ELdO Cologne (yum) and the amped up Rien (bring it on!!) a couple from Humieki & Graef, including Blask, all of the Rouge Bunny Rouge range, and Ulrich Lang´s Nightscape. Ulrich incidentally was charming.

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The evening vernissage back at Via Dante was graceful and welcoming, good food and great company. Cocktails and music, perfumes and perfumers, art and artists. From Nasomatto to Monegal. We left later in the evening and went with Vero across the road to a cafe for a quiet drink. Except we didn´t reckon on our four foot waiter, Letcherous Luigi, who was intent on trying to grope all of our boobs. Hahahahahahaha! The Essential Culture, forsooth.

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Saturday we headed back home. With a pit stop at a supermarket to stack up on Parmigiano-Reggiano, Pasta, drinks and other scrumptious Italian things. Over the Brenner Pass, and back into Austria. The following day we would have needed snow chains so it was good we left when we did.

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Was it worth it? I came home with a tiny stash of both the Rozy Voile and the EdP clutched to my groped bosom. Italian Job successful.


CQ (APJ´s Raving Reporter)

With the utmost gratitude to Dr Judith Fox for keeping me sane and the hilarious time. And Lisa from Campomarzio for the invite.

All photographs donated by Cookie Queen

24 comments on “Milan: Esxence 2014 The Scent of Excellence + Campomarzio70: Photo Essay

  1. Sarah K says:

    Awesome reporting Val! It sounds like a hoot of a trip 🙂

    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Sarah K!
      Yep, I was lucky to go and it was good to have an adventurous friend to go with.
      If I go again it will be for at least a day longer because it really was too short!!
      Hugs. Val xxx

  2. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Excellent post Val. I love how much fun you looked like you were having, the T-Shirt is freaking KILLER too.
    Wonderful post.
    Portia x

  3. Ines says:

    Can’t wait to hear (read) the rest!
    Oh, I knew everyone would have the most wonderful time. 🙂
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    • cookie queen says:

      Ines, you have to come next time. Should be possible to organize it huh? If we start a year ahead of time?? Seriously.
      Val xxxxxx

  4. Tara says:

    Val, what a fun and fabulous report and excellent pics. Sounds like a jam packed trip with so much to see and sniff. Thanks for sharing it with us. Oh yes, that T-shirt is THE BEST.

    Glad you narrowly avoided the snow. I doubt Alice would have coped 🙂

  5. Azar says:

    Thanks Raving Reporter! What a wonderful photo essay. I enjoyed every word and every photo.
    Azar xx

    • cookie queen says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. Yeah – definitely one of the advantages to living where I do. Can jump in a car and go. I mean you can do that in the States too of course, but I do love going into different countries, Italy possibly being my favorite. Hugs. xxxxx

  6. Vanessa says:

    Thanks for taking us along on this rollicking ride! What a cornucopia of sights and smells – loved the artwork too. It must have been such fun to hang out (again) with Vero, and meet all these other notable perf people. 😉 I have attended a workshop by Nicola P, and look forward to your separate post on his talk.
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    • cookie queen says:

      Hi V. Yep, the workshop from Nicola was a high point too. He was fabulous. Interesting from beginning to end. I was glad that we took the time to attend.
      Bussis. xxxxx

  7. Anka says:

    This sounds so great – cocktails, music, perfumes and good company!
    I love the verb “überspritzen”…(I unterspritz most of my fragrances).

    • cookie queen says:

      Sometimes you have to überspritz. Rozy was definitely one of those times. Überexcitement equals überspritz!!!
      Nice to see you. xxx

  8. Sandra says:

    What a great write-up Val! I love the photos you took and the wonderful stories. Hope you can go again next year. See you soon. xoxo

  9. poodle says:

    What a fun trip you had! Love the pictures. So jealous you got to sniff Rozy.

  10. Jackie b says:

    I got excited just reading your post! It must have been amazing to spray and learn. Keep on raving please!

  11. Undina says:

    Thank you for the report and pictures (yours, I mean – I really dislike those that were paired with perfumes). It sounds like a nice event, I’m glad you enjoyed the short trip.
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    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Undina! If only my pictures sold for so much. But I must say, that although I didn´t like every one of the paintings, altogether in the room with everything, they looked great and added to the ambience. Or perhaps I was looking through Rozy-tinted spectacles.
      😉 xxxx

  12. Lucas says:

    It was great meeting you Val!
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