I first became aware of the fragrance house Memo Paris when they featured on Ireland AM a few weeks ago. Then last weekend, while wondering around Brown Thomas in Grafton Street, there was the Memo Paris fragrances on display. I can honestly say having tried several of the fragrances in store, you will never say the phrase “that reminds me of another fragrance”. Each fragrance is so unique and special in it’s own right.
So who are Memo Paris? John (who grew up in Ireland) and Clara (from Andalusia) Molloy set up Memo Paris in 2007 inspired by their passion for travel and adventure. Memo was named after Clara’s memories collected from various parts of the world. Each fragrance is named after an inspiration from around the world but these are no run of the mill destinations.
The fragrance Manoa is a destination in the heart of Inca country, also referred to as the City of Gold. Kedu, nicknamed the ‘Garden of Java’ in Indonesia is a plain bordered by a Volcano. Luxor Oud is co called after Luxor, humanity’s oldest prayer site situated in Egypt.
Memo Paris’s latest fragrance Marfa, a unisex fragrance (as many of their fragrances are), is a Floral Woody Musk and involved nose Aleonor Massenat. Marfa is a place deep in Texas ranch land, at the junction of routes 90 & 67. Top notes include Mandarin & Orange Blossom, middle notes contain Agave accord, Tuberose & Ylang Ylang, while base notes include Sandalwood, Cedar, Vanilla & White Musk. Marfa is the 1st fragrance in the Art Land Collection.
Alongside the Art Land Collection, each fragrance falls into a ‘Collection’ which includes Cuirs Nomades, Graines Vagabonds and Les Echappèes. Memo Paris also create scented candles, room sprays, travel editions with refills and as Clara is also a fragrance writer, books. Memo Paris is not something you would buy for someone else, unless they gave you strict instructions. Each fragrance is so unique, you have to experience it for yourself. The fragrances definitely fall into the ‘Niche’ market and as such have a price tag to match.
For more information and details on stockists, check out http://www.memoparis.com. What I loved most about this site is the detail regarding the inspiration of each fragrance. Here is just an example of what you will find:
“It’s one of those icy, biting mornings. The sun scarcely manages to break through the heavy grey clouds. The air is crisp and dry and the wind slips beneath my clothes. The North wind whips the grass that sticks to my boots. I walk into the stable and swing open the wooden tack room doors, freeing the burning scent of leather, wood, amber and honey. Its age-old odor stands out sharply in the frozen morning air. My horse whinnies softly. Its the smell of her freedom. The leather gathers in the wind, the grass warms with the wood. Irish Leather gallops off in the horizon.” – Memo Paris Irish Leather