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There is no pleasure without DOULEUR: French for pain.
“Pain and pleasure. …… I think it is subtly strange, and uncomfortable, and disturbing …… and yet there is a softness, and a sweetness that gradually shines through, that cannot immediately be seen through the piercing beginning. This has been a love filled, explosively creative project, and I am so excited for people to experience DOULEUR.” Freddie Albrighton.
Douleur by Bogue Profumo and Freddie Albrighton 2019
I first met Freddie Albrighton in 2014. It was at the now legendary Bloggers’ Meet in London at the first Bloom Perfumery. We are all still friends. It is amazing how anxiety, perfume, and chips form a life long bond. Strangely enough, on that same day Antonio Gardoni of what was then a very young Bogue Profumo popped into Bloom Perfumery, as we all attempted to take over the place, but none of us were aware of that. He worked in offices across the road from the store. ( Freddie was the only one who knew Antonio at this point.)
Two moths later I was in Milan at the Exsence where I met Antonio for the first time. Freddie had hooked us up. From my notes “We had a date with Antonio Gardoni from Bogue Profumo and I was stoked. Antonio is so passionate about what he is doing and it was a joy to get to know him. Bugs and juniper barrels, cypress oil and the four seasons ….” The time spent with Antonio was the beginning of a friendship which is still going strong. We have met many times since, both in Milan and in London.
Fast forward five years and I sit here writing about DOULEUR, the collaboration between Freddie and Antonio.
“So having known Antonio since he started sharing his experiments with the world, I contacted him last year, and said straight out “So I want to collaborate with you, let’s make a perfume.” He was cautious, but politely enthusiastic, and we both started talking. After a lot of back and forth, we had our concept …. heavy use of rose oxide because we both shared a mutual love for the synthetic note. Months later, and having sniffed a few tasters, some fascinating, and some not, I took off for Italy to be hands-on. Crash, bang, sparks, and a lot more work, and we finally had DOULEUR! Freddie Albrighton.
I received samples of DOULEUR last week. I could smell the metallic rose through the envelope and the plastic in which they were wrapped. I triple-wrapped more plastic around them and stuck them in my cupboard. And waited a couple of days.
DOULEUR. How Long is a Piece of Rope?
It opens with a gleaming metallic rose. I was expecting a Technicolor onslaught of everything, but could not have been more wrong. Nectarous sweet and fragrant, it must be worn on the skin. Paper-strip or nozzle-cruising does it no favours, it’s screechy. Except it isn’t. I was surprised with the soft texture of the scent, much like the candy-floss note that has been whipped into the centre of it. The rose remains metallic throughout, but kept comfortable with a mint note along the edge of it, which in turn keeps the sweetness of strawberries and melons – a Fruit Salad Chew vibe – in the centre of the fragrance. There may or may not be a tad of vanilla that turns up in the base. So how DOES Douleur smell? How long is a piece of rope?
Wanna know more? @freddiealbrighton and @bogue_profumo. DM them. It will be available sometime around the end of September at all Bogue retailers including Bloom and Luckyscent, and other retailers soon to be announced. Somewhere around 160 euros, give or take.
What do you get when you cross an architect with a tattoo artist? An extremely passionate and heartfelt project.
I love them both.
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