This 30-year-old boy wonder of hair and makeup products is now, through his eponymous label, celebrating 10 years in the world of beauty with a line of exquisite new fragrances this month—Spanish Veil, La Femme Bohéme, and Genre.
To bring his past moments of being to life and to commemorate his decade in the business, Bess sought out the revered perfumer . “Laying witness to Carlos’s creative process provided me with the greatest thrill,” says Bess. “Each perfume evoked the greatness of Fellini. I would simply watch in awe as he would create the most intoxicating scents I have ever smelled.”
About the perfumes: is very much like the breath caught between lace over skin, as the sensual notes of tonka, natural sandalwood, and guaiac wood project much warmth, and yet it is refrained. offers a sense of unabashed freedom and spirit, as if rolling in a wheat field on a balmy summer day, and the notes of amber, honey, and jasmine absolute feels like a dreamy second skin. is the most androgynous of the three. A stunning composition of frankincense, suede, and essence of stallion, it elicits animalistic strength with feminine ambiguity. ($175 for each 3.4 oz.)
“Perfume is the art of evoking a memory, a chance to immortalize the beauty of a fleeting moment in time,” says Benaim, and these fragrant memories are indeed a study in the ephemeral breath of life.