When I was a little girl, one of my favorite toys was my chemistry set. I loved mixing things together to see how they reacted and what result I would get. I still have those “What if I do this --?” tendencies when it comes to cooking -- and perfume. What happens when you layer two different fragrances with similar or disparate properties? Trouble is, I don’t always know what I’m doing, and sometimes I can get a melange of olfactory weirdness that doesn’t go away until I wash it off.
Then came Nelly Rodi’s Scent Factory.
A little background about this “scenti-lating” creation: Nelly Rodi is not a perfume house, as you might expect; rather, is it a “trend forecasting service” in Paris that predicts what what consumer products will have the greatest following in the area of fashion, cosmetics and home decor. In 2007, Nelly Rodi contracted with three prestigious perfume houses, Mane, Symrise, and Robertet, who in turn summoned up their most exemplary talent to create the fragrances that would comprise the Nelly Rodi Scent Factory. Think of it as a sort of PSA for those who wanted to see what types of fragrances were most likely to gain popularity in the coming year.
This set of 0.8-ounce fragrances can keep me preoccupied for hours. There are eight numbered scents included in the Nelly Rodi Scent Factory: Incense, Rhum (Rum), Cardamome (Cardamom), Cacao (Chocolate), Gingembre (Ginger), Bois (Wood), Ambre (Amber) and Rose. But lest you think that these are one-note wonders, think again; while each of these fragrances have a dominant scent (the Incense does smell markedly like incense), they have a fullness and roundedness that keeps them from smelling “linear.” For example, Gingembre includes notes such as saffron, patchouli, vanilla and grapefruit. The Rose oil is spicy and exotic, including notes such as bergamot, cinnamon, coriander, and musk.
Although I have my personal favorites (Rhum and Incense), all of the scents are extremely colorful and unique and can easily be worn "solo." As for me, I like to relive my junior chemist days. To my nose, this product is begging for hours of layering and blending. Rose and Bois sound like a good match, don’t they? Indeed they are. Gingembre and Rhum go together swimmingly, too. Incense and Ambre? A match made in heaven!
The Nelly Rodi Scent Factory fragrances are eau de parfums, which means that they have much better staying power than an eau de toilette; ergo, they can be applied sparingly. This particular chemistry set will be in my use for a long time.