The Ineke perfume house made its debut this fall introducing a line of four fragrances created by its owner and nose Ineke Rühland, a San Francisco based classically trained perfumer in the French school tradition (ISIPCA and Grasse). Her eponymous line comprises After My Own Heart, Balmy Days & Sundays, Chemical Bonding, and Derring-Do, the latter being labeled as a men's fragrance. To each perfume corresponds a letter of the alphabet...
After My Own Heart has top notes of bergamot, raspberry, crisp green foliage. The heart is composed of lilac. Base notes are sandalwood, heliotrope, musk.
Balmy Days & Sundays starts with notes of freesia, leafy greens, and grass. Heart notes are honeysuckle, rose, and mimosa. Base notes are a Chypre accent and musk.
Chemical Bonding (I will tell you later why I had a sensory shock when I smelled that one) has top notes of smooth citrus cocktail, tea, and blackberry. Heart rests on a dewey peony. Base notes are vetiver, amber, and powdery musk.
Derring-Do is composed in the top notes of fresh citrus blend, rain notes, cyclamen. Heart is made of magnolia, fougère accents. Base notes are guaiacwood, cedarwood, musk.
My first impressions are that Ineke's perfumes are clean, pure, modernist, and original. They have a definite very contemporary feel to them. The author rejected any accord that would seem too obvious or cliché and one can tell that demanding critical thinking was injected into the process of making these very personal fragrances. Despite their conscious artistic orientations, the fragrances remain eminently wearable and do not fail to smell simply good. They are interesting fragrances, ones that will provoke your nose into thinking that the frontiers of perfumery art can be pushed further away.
I will plan to review them at a later date.
A 2.5 oz bottle retails for $78. You can find more information on the Ineke perfume house's website.
Source: press release