Perfume is poetry, it is music, it is art and it is loved. How do we begin to create something in the world that is, in and of itself, already beautiful? We first must learn to experience life and the layers that we live through that make us unique. The first half of my life was experience, exploration and fascination. How do things work, what do poets mean beyond the words, how does that painting affect me with its colour and the emotion in the strokes and then it occurred to me listening to Mahler’s Adagietto from Symphony No 5; at first there is a tender moment that opens softly like a breeze from the window and the curtains billow. At that moment it began to make sense. From each interpretation of Mahler's Adagietto, by different conductors and their variations, it is feyn to realize that there is no metronome indication, it’s simply the interpretation from the conductor that creates the mood in which their ear pervades. At the heart of the Adagietto, is a beautiful storm in the ocean of romantic uncertainty, does love survive when ultimately an unknown storm comes into the lives of the lovers? This music was written as a love letter from Gustav to Alma (also a musician), to which later she became his wife. The Adagietto concludes with a Rondo-Finale and an exhale. I can say it is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard and at the heart of it, is the beauty but without the first tender moment or at the end when we hear the theme in Rondo-Finale, do we understand fully the exhale of music is more than music could ever be.
Perfume is more than the sense of smell, by the interpretation and by the composer. I call us composers not perfumers or perfumists or even alchemists anymore…we’ve evolved what we do simply by listening to the notes before us, the way a composer would listen to the music on the sheet, we listen to the notes we’ve written and instinctively decide what amount, what type, does it connect with the other elements and do they play music from opening, heart to end?
You may have noticed the descriptions are now streamlined to perfume notes only, well, we did that for a reason. We’ll be publishing a companion book to our perfumes next year and each story, poem or prose that once was, will be again and in some cases, expanded upon. We expect this sometime in 2018.
A little about Nocturne Alchemy. For over a decade now we’ve explored many countries, met with many perfume experts and cultivators and we always wanted to do something different, bring art to you to cherish and always in small quantities at a time. We spend months, sometimes years working on perfume to get it right. We want perfume that we create to be proud of and to wear ourselves. I don’t believe there is anything in our perfume library we would not wear and if there was, it simply would never be on our site.
Nocturne Alchemy is from the House of NA, the head of both NA and eNVie parfum. Each company has two separate studios but the NA Studio is much older, holds many perfumes in the library of knowledge and is something we will continue and expand upon. Speaking of expanding, each of the PC are now in three sizes, 2 mL sample size, 5 mL amber dropper bottle and 10 mL amber bottle (*edit as of Oct 6, 2017 purple roll on bottles no longer offered but replaced by 10mL amber bottles). This includes Meditation with the Gods (MWTG), Elementals and and Essential Temples which were originally only ever available in 5 mL (you can get these in all three sizes now). The Permanent Collection is the perfumes that were with us from the beginning. It is not simply that we began back in October 2006, but many years before that working on these perfumes to premiere at that time. So, as much as we’d like to say we’re in our 11th year as a perfume company, it’s more than this.
All of the PC perfumes have new artwork and labels with the exception of Bastet’s Garden, Techno Bastet, All Hallows’ Eve and the Dragons. Because these were commissioned pieces of art, we are working on new labels with the art giving them the respect they deserve, from commissioned pieces from the author/artist Poppy Z Brite, to the artist extraordinaire, Trista Musco (you can see her beautiful pieces in the Studio Limited Osirian Purnima incense perfume collection). Trista painted each of the OP portraits for us and there are more on the way in the very near future. But back to what I was saying, these will receive new labels in time as well.
NA has been streamlined into four Collections: Permanent Collection, where you’ll find Bastet’s Garden, Eternals, Egypt & her Wonders…or the VApothecary perfumes Immortals, Etherias, Goblins and more. In the Limited Collection, you’ll find thematic perfumes based on holiday, cultures, art, poetry, music…and these rotate out bimonthly or more when the last part of the year comes around, NAVAlloween and NAVAlidays are a staple of things to look forward to. Next is the Studio Limited which is broken into four pieces of art. In the Originals section, you can find single notes and beautiful blends using single notes like Crystalline, Egyptian Musk, Kobalt. There is also the aforementioned Osirian Purnima, incense perfume for the skin created with beautiful elements we are all so very proud of. There is also a section called Anniversary and this is simply a beautiful recreation of perfumes that have hit milestones in either longevity and love at the site or simply because they deserved a special and new reinterpretation on their anniversary at NA. Lastly is the Ombre perfume, created by Jacek Rose and Seth Kincaid, this perfume is to represent shadows of scent. These composers wanted to amplify patchoulis, vetivers and take perfumes from the Studio Limited Originals and give them more texture and depth. Next we move into Collaborations. These perfumes are simply interpretations of characters from books, comic books, music, words, poetry. Our collaborative perfumes are licensed, created via intimate consultation with the original artist. They are licensed and acquired by and from the original artist we've collaborated with. We do not condone copyright infringement in any form and throughly respect the intellectual property of our artists.
You’ll note there are some ‘Exclusives’ near the bottom of the home page, these are new collections for Clive Barker and The Blackest Rose and we have more coming. We must continue to evolve and interpret and create and explore and imagine because there’s more to this life than simply twisting the lid of a perfume bottle. The library of scent at Nocturne Alchemy awaits you. Explore but by all means, take your time and enjoy the moment.
What is to come? We’re looking at the remainder of 2017 with the Limited Collection Resurgence of Tea and Tea Service perfumes (and new additions), Art of Literature, Art of Love, Pastels (whatever we don't have time for this year we'll try to make happen in 2018) and then we’ll move into the fall with NAVAlloween and NAVAlidays. For 2018 we will be bringing more PC, SL, Collaborations and Limiteds to you. For now, we don’t want to overwhelm you with the new look, so with this grand opening you will notice only a handful of new PC perfumes. Take a peek in the PC perfume 7, Royal Amber, and Bastet's Garden (Egyptian Peach Blossom is back, after selling out twice already)! Also now available, we are offering three NEW Bastet’s Garden perfumes (they're at the bottom on that page); as well as a new batch of Moonstone vanilla in the Studio Limited section. Let me touch on the SL Originals for a moment. SL are not all going to last forever, we will bring them back when we can but often times the notes are no longer attainable, cultivated or the business that grew the botanicals for us is no longer in business. They are here for now, but they won’t always be and we won’t always be able to bring them back, so take home into your own Perfume Library what you can, but understand even at request, if they become sold out, they might possibly be sold out forever.
And as the Adagietto exhales, I thank you, our loyal customer base, for being with us along the way. We chose San Francisco as the home base of NA. The beauty of this city comes from the fresh air that pulses in and out from the ocean into our bay and creates constant minimal effort when testing perfume on the skin: air is also a component of beautiful perfume blending. We hope one day to have a brick and mortar for you to come by and peruse, but for now, this is our home online and you are always welcomed.
From our home to yours.
Please see Contact Us/FAQ for adding on to pending orders and shipping times and in the NEWS to see the rest of 2017's schedule for upcoming Limited Collections.
NA is on Holiday Break Nov 22 - Dec 1. Orders placed during this time will ship the week of our return. Thank you and have a safe and wonderful holiday season.