August 28 2014

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Tropical Mists


Alexandra Balahoutis was dreaming of sunlit island leisure when she concocted her latest scents for Strange Invisible Perfumes. So it figures she was on vacation when we called her to discuss them, but the Venice Beach, CA-based perfumer was happy to take a time out to share a few details. The new limited-edition duo includes Tahitian Honey, a sweet and dewy blend of honey, fresh ginger, temple mandarin (a rare citrus essence that must be custom-distilled), and plumeria blossoms, all inspired by a summer holiday in Tahiti. Vacances combines Caribbean island earthy notes like cedar, black copal, and black currant with a bit of jasmine and the aforementioned temple mandarin and honey. Fans of SIP know that Balahoutis only works with pure, all-natural botanicals and weaves them together to produce “narrative journeys” in which the wearer’s own chemistry determines the direction of the overall scent. Layering her new creations is possible (the compositions are complementary), but it’s not advised, since each is pretty concentrated on its own. Better to choose to avoid perfume overload…and financial peril. At $370 and $385 respectively, Tahitian Honey and Vacances are the olfactory equivalent of a deluxe suite with a view.

Strange Invisible Perfumes Limited-Edition Tahitian Honey and Vacances Pure Perfumes, available in-store only at 1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA, (310) 314-1505,

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