Each year, the Six Scents Parfums fragrance initiative brings the experience of creativity with a conscience to the world through a collection of six unisex scents.

Six Scents Series Three is an exploration into the nature of childhood memories and the influence of adolescence on identity. Six designers from six different parts of the world have been invited to remember the most definitive experiences of their youth that led to their sense of identity today and to recall some of their most intimate childhood memories involving the sense of smell. Exploring the stories from one through six, innocence begins to fade and rebellion, reality and mischief kick in. In addition, a group of contemporary artists have been invited to interpret the progression from innocence to experience through film.

No. 1 »Beau Bow« by Alexis Mabille and Rodrigo Flores-Roux

»It was a fantastic experience to be immersed in Alexis’ world. His impeccable taste, his enormous knowledge of the history of art, fashion and design, and a deep love for garden flowers ›that are somewhat vintage or out of fashion‹ provided a lot of fun and inspiration. Alexis wanted his fragrance to be very chic, very bourgeois, quintessentially French. Both of us share a nostalgic memory of the ideal image of France in the 1970’s, elegantly modern, but strangely, still romantic, a bit hazy, like a David Hamilton photograph. I picture Alexis as a kid, with his cat as inseparable sidekick, already thinking about the bow laden dresses of his brilliant future. A sweet boy with a conviction… just like the fragrance structure we chose to develop. We re-imagined the fresh and elegant ›Eau Fraiche‹ structure so popular in France in the 70’s, and gave it a jolt… and a twist… Our result: the crisply fragrant image of a very chic and cultured French teenager who enjoys his quirks and is eager to discover the world, making love to it for the first time and breathing it all in.« – Rodrigo Flores-Roux

No. 2 »Trompe L’Oeil« by Mary Katrantzou and Shyamala Maisondieu

»The inspiration is a mix between Mary’s memories of her travel experiences, when she was a child, and her unique style. It is feminine and fluid but with a strong character, her designs are colorful and imaginative, and I wanted to create a fragrance which responds to all these characters. I wanted to create a floral note with a distinctive signature. So I chose mimosa as the main theme. It is a classical feminine theme. I modernized it with some fruity, and citrusy facets, to bring colors and life. I added more floral notes in a bouquet to have a voluptuous femininity. For the drydown I added some oriental notes to bring a touch of sensuality«. – Shyamala Maisondieu

No. 3 »Can’t Smell Fear« by Juun.J and Natalie Gracia-Cetto

»I tried to capture some of Juun J’s childhood memories: the smell of the skin in a city with concrete and wooden building. I wanted to create a fragrance that provides comfort, that protects you in an urban somewhat hostile universe. I choose a leathery theme, comfortable and reassuring. It creates like an olfactive aura, a comfort zone that protects against the city. I added some woody and floral notes to bring refinement, and some amber and musks to have a subtle sensual touch«. – Natalie Gracia-Cetto

No. 4 »Ascent« by Rad Hourani and Christophe Raynaud

»I was inspired by Rad’s vision of the cycle of life, going from birth to death, from ashes to ashes, as in David Bowie’s song. Origin of life is expressed by a fresh accord, green and watery, like a drop of sperm. Childhood is evoked by baby powder, it’s a musky and powdery scent. Midlife is expressed by a leathery note, comfortable yet strong like
a leather jacket. Then the end of life is symbolised by incense, not a morbid, but a liturgic odor, evoking the ambiance of the churches. The results is a contrasting fragrance, luminous yet dark, shiny and mate, like Rad’s fashion.« – Christophe Raynaud

No. 5 »#087« by N.Hoolywood and Stephen Nilsen

»For Daisuke’s fragrance, I wanted to capture a quintessential moment from his life that had made an impression on him – an olfactive snapshot that defines who he is. When we first spoke, he wanted a fragrance to recreate the feeling of arriving in Los Angeles airport from Japan 30 years ago. And as I got to know him, I found that the moment was actually a culmination of memories from his past – a contrasting combination of elements from nature and childhood: the smell of engine oil in his father’s car; getting off at the Kugenuma Beach train station and inhaling the saltiness of the ocean; the mysterious scent of Kurobe dam releasing water on a cloudy, snowy day; and the clean, relaxing feeling of grooming and bathing captured through the scent of the hiba tree, hinoki wood, cypress, nutmeg and rosemary. As we worked together on the fragrance, I also found that woody notes resonated positively with his current state of mind, so I faceted the base notes with sandalwood and fir balsam for an olfactive echo between his past and present.« – Stephen Nilsen
No. 6 »M« by Ohne Titel and Yann Vasnier

»M was a collaborative project with Ohne Titel. Meeting Flora and Alexa, you are immediately struck by the level of ease, familiarity and cohesiveness of their conversation together. They build off each other’s ideas, sharing the same open vision. The same pattern translated for their choice of ingredients and the expression of the fragrance, they both gravitated to the same ingredients we smelled and built together. I started Oh My Deer with a core of leather and an animalic feeling. Alexa and Flora spoke about their rebellious side when growing up, night clubs and late outings, the feeling of warm, slightly sweaty skin. I tried to recreate their attention to intricate tailoring, architecture of design, their care of detail, all these very feminine aspects using these strong and signature materials like cardamom, safraleine, and leather.« – Yann Vasnier