Before this edition of Smell, I knew Michel Roudnitska just virtually. Thanks to his great communication skills, in the social networks era I was anyway able during these years to enjoy his aestetic vision and his love for nature. Thanks to Frédéric Malle I was able to enjoy him as a perfumer through Noir Epices, an ineffable, evocative and powerful masterpiece.
Of course his acquaitance passed also by that surname so eminent for a perfume lover: his father Edmond, visionary innovator, contributed to trace the rules of comtemporary perfumery. Nevertheless when you grow up close to the sun is difficult to shine on your own, so I was really curious to meet Michel in person to understand what has been his life and artistic path.
|"Graal" from Parfums d'Images|
© Michel Roudnitska
|Alcune delle creazioni di Michel Roudnitska|
As Michel was speaking we had the chance to smell some of his creations, starting from Noir Epices passing by Parfums DelRae Emotionelle, with a crispy Cavaillon mellon accord and my favourite, Bois de Paradis with its naive sensuality. Also Shiloh by Hors la Monde, a scent Michel composed for himself was very interesting and striked me for the bright rose accord close to the one empowering Noir Epices but cleansed by the desert sand and the shining spices armour. Michel also intruduced his first shamanic scent named Miwahïmoon, concocted in collaboration with the shaman Blue Eagle and created to sanitize air in hospitals. The final performance was touching: an ipnotic sequence of sounds, colors and geometries inspired by olfactory shapes and by the native american traditions during which Michel hovered embracing the pubblic like an eagle with open wings, sprays on his hands, diffusing a peaceful aromatic green aura.
Photo credits Luca Gambi