Sharp by Richard Ibanez for Andrea Maack 2010

Hi there APJ,

When I first fell in love with the Andrea Maack range I remember there being a lot of chatter about it being derivative and boring. There were some bloggers and some of my mates who seemed very upset about this brand. I’m sorry but I never felt them to be either boring OR derivative. First to admit I’ve not smelled everything ever produced, also first to admit my memory is shot but few houses hit me as hard in the heavenly eye roll and full body purring shiver as Andrea Maack’s do. There are two FB in my collection Silk and……..

Sharp by Richard Ibanez for Andrea Maack 2010

Sharp FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives this list of featured accords:
Orange blossom, angel skin, sweet vanilla, white musk, soothing softness

To my nose Sharp has a remarkably complex fragrance story. The orange blossom is not at all as expected, like they have added some herbaceous spiciness, and the vanilla is an inedible warmth that is fuzzed up by the musk. At once bright and cozy like the smell of brand new polar fleece with dirty, morning bed-hair. Sharp is feral and cuddly, pithy, furry, smooth and enfolding.

Sharp has a sweet indolic weirdness that is at once repulsive and alluring up close but merely pretty and inviting from further away. The name Sharp seems to be a complete misnomer here and I wonder if that is intentional? Sometimes when I wear Sharp my feeling is as if I’ve been up in an attic rummaging and my hair is thick with dust and old air,. Other times the feeling given is that I’m cuddled up in front of a fire near a recently beeswaxed table and the fires heat is warming the scent through the room and I feel warm, safe & loved. There’s even something of dog paws.

 Sharp Andrea Maack FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

I get a nearly linear lifespan that weaves rather than evolves but as it dries down Sharp by Andrea Maack is sweet vanilla dribbled over musk, the feral has disappeared and it’s all about clean (but not too clean, there’s still an element of humanity).

Who would I spritz with Sharp? That’s hard to say, I think some of my friends who like fragrance very much but aren’t perfumistas would love this as a go-to daily scent regime. Certainly the art connection, lack of ready availability, simple, stylish bottle and the reasonable price bracket would make it a good choice for them. Considering they would pay around these prices for a bottle of designer/department store fragrance Andrea Maack’s scents are a much better and more interesting buy.

Sharp Andrea Maack Dunrobin Castle GeographPhoto Stolen Geograph

Further reading Persolaise and ConfessionsOfAPerfumeNerd
First In Fragrance has €85/50ml
LuckyScent has $135/50ml

Have you tried the Andrea Maack fragrances? Do you think it makes sense to add olfactory experience to visual arts?
Portia xx

8 thoughts on “Sharp by Richard Ibanez for Andrea Maack 2010

  1. Hi Portia,
    “sweet indolic weirdness” ! That is very enticing to me. I have not tried Sharp but now would like to. I think that the olfactory is a big part of our everyday visual experiences so why not a part of plastic/visual arts and the temporal as well? Makes me think about how I would scent the various movements Schumann op 44, a piece I will be playing with friends soon, if I can get these old hands to move fast enough, that is. Scenting this piece would make an interesting post…
    Azar xx


    • Azar,
      My description falls far short of the experience. Sharp is cool in a bottle, and hot too.
      I love scenting music, actually I love playing music after I’ve overspritzed and losing myself completely to sensual overload.
      Portia xx


  2. Hm, not having tried any Andrea Maack fragrances, my mind is going to the last question. I have never thought about scenting visual art, but now cannot think why you wouldn’t. Engaging many senses would surely cement the experience in our memory.
    Music, yes please Azar…scent the Schumann!


    • Hi there JackieB,
      are you well?
      Our very own Ainslie walker has been doing scents for Art Installations here in Sydney, getting loads of publicity for it too. I like the idea.
      In the lounge room we have a huge photo of some scrubby Australian bushland, sometimes when I spritz Nikki de Saint Phalle I go and lose myself in it.
      Portia xx


  3. I tried the range over the weekend at Kleins, and whilst the range in general is really not my style – far too precise, modern and well-mannered – I still managed to fall head over heels in love with ‘Coven’, and head over heels in confusion with ‘Silk’.
    Kicking myself I didn’t grab a FB of ‘Coven’ at the time. Will definitely be tracking some down before warmer weather arrives.


    • Heya Aelfrik,
      Lovely to see you.
      The whole line are really interesting to me too. Confusion is a great compliment I think.
      Good luck grabbing a FB, Coven is freaky and gorgeous.
      Portia xx


  4. I get a lot of vanilla with this one, but it’s very soft and I feel I can wear it anywhere, as I don’t get anything feral. Of course, maybe other people notice the feral part and I’m not aware of it!


    • Yes, there is a lovely sweetness underlying all MaryK. I tried it on Scott steward yesterday and it was unbelievably raunchy on him, not so much on me. I bet Sharp plays very friendly and nice on you.
      Portia x


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s