“You and I together now, forever after only, yes;
A staring smile, a frozen face, a photograph of lasting love
That never knew a nicer place than tucked inside my pillowcase
A little sign to guide the way;
We don’t need so very much”
Too Tender To Touch, Lene Lovich
Last year Amsterdam based Italian perfumer Francesca Bianchi introduced me to painter / body artist & perfume collector Sands Murray-Wassink. The three of us have met up on several occasions to talk about art and of course, perfume. So, when earlier that year Francesca started working on a new perfume I was delighted she invited Sands and myself to sample the various versions of The Lover’s Tale before the final was even there. Not only because both Sands and I enjoy all things creative and fragrant , but to be taken by the perfumer on her artistical and olfactive journey is both exciting and challenging!
Both Sands and I were given smelling strips with various versions of The Lover’s Tale to smell and evaluate. Sands says that perfume makes him ‘feel alive and centered and inspired like nothing else’. So this was a feast for us! We smelled different versions, from very smokey to super beautiful jasmine ones. The three of us sat at the table in the perfumer’s home and exchanged thoughts and feelings about the different creations. Francesca: “I don’t let anyone smell my work in progress, but just people with whom I have similarities of taste and that are familiar with independent perfumery or have wide artistic, original views (so they don’t expect a clone of Chanel nr 5 or Hypnotic Poison). This being said, I take the feedback in consideration especially when other people detect facets, or characteristics, which I didn’t see myself in the first place. That is very interesting to me.”
As Francesca describes The Lover’s Tale : ‘This is a story about a lover’s secret encounter. Rich in natural raw materials, jasmin and leather are the protagonists of this perfume. The opening evokes the sparkling mood of the very moment they meet; attraction and romance then trap the lovers, and a narcotic jasmin softened by a powdery rose, recreates this tension. Passion then takes over, with a sophisticated leather, developing on a chypré accord.’
The Lover’s Tale a review by Sands Murray Wassink
The Lover’s Tale a review by Chester Gibs
Perfume is emotion, and so is drawing. This is one of the reasons why I like to use fragrance as a portal into drawing as to capture and translate some of the aspects that touch me and inspire me. It’s difficult to write a review about a perfume such as Francesca Bianchi’s The Lover’s Tale when one has smelled it’s various versions throughout the process of its development. Each of these three drawings represent a room. Sensual and emotional encounters, in different moments in life. Francesca’s latest creation is a bit ‘dirty’ in the opening, after which it becomes a more creamy , smokey floral leather. Ultra seductive and classy at the same time. We have all been there at one point; In these rooms, blissfully scented with scenes of love, lust, fantasy and hope. Alone, with lovers or beautiful strangers – so that we can be the lovers we are today. That’s my journey – my own Lover’s Tale.
Just before Christmas Fransecsa surprised me with a sweet surprise : A bottle of Meet me at #35! I’m wearing it as i write this and would like to thank Francesca and Sands for our inspiring afternoons together.
The Lover’s Tale and Bianchi’s other perfumes can be purchased by clicking here !
Check out Sands Murray Wassink’s art here