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April 16 2014

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Beauty Sound Bites: Family Ties

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robert-ricci“My great-grandmother was a fashion woman more than a fragrance one. My grandfather was the opposite—he was a fragrance guy…We had this strange relationship—he wasn’t particularly kind to the young people…He was taking the time to try to explain to me what he was intending to do. And me, I was listening—I was a very turbulent guy. I ignored [these lessons] for a long time, but I have to admit, they are the roots of what I am today.”

Following in his grandfather’s (shown here) footsteps, Ricci created his own fragrance label, Juliette Has a Gun, with an eau dubbed Anyway being the latest addition to the line. When asked about his memories of scent, surprisingly, L’Air du Temps, one of the greatest olfactory hits of all time, isn’t high on his list. His grandfather wore Signoricci cologne. “It was a flop, but it was him,” explained Ricci. “The whole house was full of it. [Signoricci] was a citrusy fragrance: petitgrain, neroli, bergamot—quite masculine.” Ricci also revealed that there are many unknown blends that never made it to market, but he has no plans to make them his own. He said, “My intention is about finding out who I am—that’s a bigger challenge.”

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