"I’m standing by just such an organ in the dimly lit back room of niche fragrance emporium MiN New York, talking to cofounder Mindy Yang about the synchronicity between scent and sound. “It’s how I think about perfume and how I like to educate people about it,” she says, plucking vials off the shelves and waving them under my nose to illustrate how some aromas harmonize while others are as unpleasant together as microphone feedback. “I see most of the top notes, because they’re volatile, as being lighter, brighter, higher frequency instruments like chimes or triangles,” she says. “Then things like florals, which you might use as the heart note or soul of the perfume, would be like the voice or the lead guitar, while the heavier base notes would be the bass and drums.” With perfumers turning more and more to the music world for inspiration, April Long finds a new route to that signature scent. More via ELLE Magazine (US)
Photograph by Willy Vanderperre; styled by Melanie Ward; W magazine September 2014.
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