Let us delve into the intriguing and enigmatic world of Not a Perfume by Juliette Has a Gun. The perfumer Romano Ricci, the great-grandson of the famous designer Nina Ricci, made Not a Perfume in 2010. It is a fascinating paradox in the world of fragrances. As the name suggests, it challenges the idea of what perfume should be by having a unique, simple scent that doesn’t fit the mold and makes people curious.
A famous perfumer initiated this concept, Geza Schoen of Escentric Molecules, with his Molecules collection focusing on just one peculiar ingredient. Molecule 01 celebrates the woody and futuristic iso-e-super used for decades as a fixative in perfumery and for its woody, balsamic, lemony scent. But never as a standalone star. Many people disregard this work as a perfumery in general, and I understand that. It is as if we can play a C4 on the piano and call it a song. But, still, there is some undeniable attraction to both EM creations as well as Not a Perfume by Juliette Has a Gun.
Not a Perfume is built around a single note: ambroxan, a synthetic molecule that mimics the scent of ambergris. Ambergris is a rare and expensive ingredient that has long been used as a fixative in perfumery. It gives perfumes depth and sensuality. In this daring creation, Ambroxan takes center stage, unadorned and unapologetic. The result is an olfactory experience that is as enigmatic as it is captivating.
Upon application, Not a Perfume greets the senses with a subtle, almost ethereal presence. The scent of Ambroxan is challenging to pin down, as it seems to shift and evolve with each inhalation. There are whispers of warm, sensual amber, a faint echo of earthy woods, and an elusive hint of something cool and metallic. This mercurial nature makes Not a Perfume so incredibly intriguing and utterly unforgettable.
What sets Not a Perfume apart from traditional fragrance compositions is its sheer simplicity. This simple product is a breath of fresh air in an industry often known for its complexity and wealth. It does not seek to tell a story or evoke specific emotions; it is a versatile, understated backdrop that allows the wearer’s natural scent to shine through. It is a once familiar and mysterious scent, inviting those around you to lean in closer and discover the secret beneath.
The performance of Not a Perfume is equally remarkable. Even though it only has a few ingredients, it lasts a long time and has a light scent that lingers in the air. The scent blends perfectly with the skin of the person who wears it, making a unique, personal scent closely linked to their chemistry. It is a scent that is both versatile and unobtrusive, making it suitable for any occasion, from a day at the office to an evening of romance.
Romano Ricci himself designed the bottle, which reflects the elegance and simplicity of the fragrance inside. The sleek, cylinder-shaped flacon is decorated with simple white lettering. The words “Not a Perfume” are crossed out in a playful way, which adds to the unusual nature of this product.
Not a Perfume by Juliette Has a Gun is a true enigma in the world of perfumery. Its simple, one-note composition differs from the norm and invites the wearer to discover Ambroxan’s subtle complexities and nuances. It is a scent that can’t be put into any category and goes beyond what people usually expect. It has a unique, unforgettable smell that can only be described as singularly sensational.
READ MORE: Perfume for sexy cyborgs Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules.[Fragrance notes] ambroxan. [Fragrance group] experimental.
The creator of this perfume is Romano Ricci.