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For people of a certain generation, “Casablanca” is a name which instantly evokes passion, longing, and romance. The famous Oscar-winning film starring Humphrey Bogart as “Rick” and the beautiful Ingrid Bergman as “Ilsa” was, on the surface, a war-time drama involving spies and Nazi resistance figures in Casablanca, Morocco, but it was ultimately a heartbreaking romance involving star-crossed lovers. “We’ll always have Paris,” Rick’s quiet words as he said goodbye to the woman he loved, a farewell full of sacrifice, tenderness, and yearning as she boarded a plan to leave, have become one of the most famous lines in movie history.
Casablanca, the new fragrance from St. Clair Scents, was not originally created to reference the movie but it does a great job of evoking the same sultry, steaming, hot and dark elements that the film embodies.
Brilliant bitch and scent writer, the Silver Fox, on the debut of American perfumer, Diane St Clair and the beauty of her process. From butter to perfume, get ready for a smelly treat…
As a scent writer one of the main reasons I gravitate toward niche and artisanal perfumery is that the makers, creators and artist perfumers are born to tell stories. Theirs is a different route to scent as opposed to those who enroll for perfume school and courses, inhaling their way through the exacting tenets of commercial perfumery. There is of course nothing wrong with this route and the olfactive world would be . . .
St. Clair Scents is a new indie perfume line located in Vermont.
When I posted my samples of St. Clair Scents on Instagram Stories, someone responded with “It’s Chef Keller’s butter lady’s perfumes!” with a heart emoji. I was completely confused by this. After doing a little more research, it made sense. The perfumer, Diane St. Clair is an owner of a homestead creamery that does supply Chef Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, etc.) as well as other well-known restaurants . . .
I was recently approached by Diane St. Clair from her farm in Vermont, USA. Surrounded by nature and with a side career as a producer of artisan foods, Diane had taken the natural step into fragrance. After all, if you live surrounded by nature, it’s hard not to find its beauty intoxicating.
Inspired by her surroundings, Diane has launched St. Clair Scents – a bijoux collection of three fragrances and I have been enjoying sampling them all this week . . .
Gardener’s Glove, Frost, and First Cut encapsulate the philosophy and world of their creator, Diane St. Clair, who was profiled at length in Part I. On an olfactory level, they are nature-based bouquets (with roughly 80% natural raw materials or essences) that embody the smells of the world around her — the gardens, flowers, meadows, grass, hay, woods, and earth — but they are also extensions of her artisanal philosophy . . .
Just for the sake of comparison, St. Clair reminds me a little of indie lines like Sonoma Scent Studio and Dasein, but it has a distinctive New England sensibility. Overall, I enjoyed wearing these fragrances, especially as they settled on my skin and became part of me.
Vermont foodies know Diane St. Clair as the maker of the high-end butter named for her Animal Farm. She sells the hand-churned golden dairy product to a small number of prestigious restaurants including the French Laundryand Per Se. Recently, though, the 61-year-old Orwell farmer made the transition to a new medium: perfume.
ÇaFleureBon Profiles in Perfumery: Diane St. Clair of St. Clair Scents + From the Farm to Fragrance Draw
Profile: The themes of my childhood were spending time alone, but not being lonely; a deep and abiding love for being on farms, with their animals and regular rhythms, and enjoying hard work.
From producing farm-fresh comestibles for world class eateries to high perfumery is not that big of a stretch when you think about it; both require extraordinary natural ingredients, passion and belief in your work, patience, intention, and commitment.