Once upon a time Jordan River was a shy lurker who one day decided to comment on one of my Monday Questions. The comment became so long he emailed it to me and it became a guest post here called Indefensible Amounts of Beauty. He thinks that I am like an airport; he landed on me and took off! A month after that Jordan launched his website called The Fragrant Man on Valentines Day this year. As well as writing for Olfactoria’s Travels and Australian Perfume Junkies he is a Basenotes contributor for whom he recently covered the first Australian album sandalwood harvest (Mysore sandalwood grown in Australia).
Let’s find out more about this Kiwi man who lives on an island in the Southern Hemisphere. The island is
poetically prosaically called North.
A good day starts with a carafe of coffee. I had hoped to be highly influenced by Mandy Aftel’s answer here which was “a pot of oolong tea” but, no, I tried, and coffee it is. I drink the whole plunge which is why I call it a carafe.
I’d never leave the house without fin de siècle Christian Dior sunglasses, usually blue, sometimes purple and occasionally rose-tinted Bulgari’s when the world needs to be looked at through such lenses.
I always feel good when summer is coming.
My favorite thing in the world is reading.
The next thing I want to buy is a plane ticket to… (see photo below)
The places I always come back to are… my friend’s garden in Thailand (above) and…
Piman Pu villa on the Andaman Sea. This place makes a great writing retreat.
My personal style is
Work – suit, shirt, tie and belt, all from Thierry Mugler (unfortunately I do not like the fragrances) with Cesare Paciotti shoes or boots.
Casual – 3/4 length shorts with 1 of 14 similar (but differentiated by detail) made-to-measure white linen shirts – this makes getting dressed very easy. More time to contemplate the SotD.
My beloved perfume was Lalique’s Encre Noir.
Now I have to add an ‘s’: Jubiliation XXV, Memoir Man, both from Amouage, Nasomatto’s Black Afgano, Mohur, the masterpiece that is Trayee, both from Neela Vermeire Creations, La Labo’s man rose, Rose 31 and Ensar Oud oils.
My beloved 2013 releases are Neela Vermerie Creations Ashoka, Pure Distance BLACK, Amouage Fate Man, and Le Labo Cuir 28. The showgirl that is Zelda is a potent perfume; a magnolia that I wear on special occasions.
My beloved natural perfume is the original and potent Cuir de Gardenia extrait by Alchemist Mandy Aftel. This ‘fume gave me An Olfactory Orgasm.
When I travel, I pack extra-light; carry-on luggage only for ease and speed of movement. No waiting at the luggage carousal.
To relax I need either silence or green gardens. Preferably both. This one is my friend’s garden in Chiang Mai.
Or the colour and movement of a Bollywood movie. Hours go by with these movies and by then the real world has changed, usually for the better.
I like to gift people with Oud oil in a 22 carat gold travel sized dip-stick applicator flacon with a diamond top which usually means Oud oil in a gold(en) travel sized dip-stick applicator flacon with a diamond(te) top. Unlike sampling sites with those ineffective dip sticks, these have thick applicators to create a drip and therefore avoid skin-oil contamination of the fragrance from swiping.
When I have a bad day, I play Mozart on a device as opposed to on the piano or on a violin. Mozart untangles and ‘combs’ your cerebral cortex and lets your creativity flow. A minimum of 10 minutes a day will improve not just your creative output but your mood as well.
Something I would never want to miss would be an Aretha Franklin concert.
In my fridge there is always perfume, chocolate, CH3(CH2)4ONO and bok choy. Bok choy is known as the beauty vegetable in Chinese culture. If you eat it daily it makes your skin translucent.
On my nightstand I keep the Psalms, the iPad (which contains my Kindle library) and sleep scents. The sleep scents are Mohur and Trayee. This sleep scent concept seemed way too ‘out there’ to me when I first came across it while gazing into Undina’s Looking Glass. But as smell has an immediate brain connection I have found that these two scents do give the sweetest dreams.
The perfect weekend starts with making hummus as a toast spreader for the rest of the weekend.
Some things I have always wanted to be asked in questionnaires like this is…
Do you have a quote or two, a book, a painting and a song to share?
As it happens I do, Olfactoria…
A thousand half-loves must be forsaken to take one whole heart home.
Those words helped me choose one partner, rather than one a weekend. My partner is a war refugee from the ‘Pol Pot time’ in Cambodia who escaped jail, walked over the mountains to Thailand, then lived in a refugee camp before been sponsored by a church to come to New Zealand. 8 years later the Dad and 5 siblings were found scattered across Vietnam. They were reunited in NZ (although some remain missing) and they now all live close to each other.
Favourite Quote via a Perfumista:
Bloom as you were planted.
Favourite Madonna Quote
Everyone is entitled to my opinion.
and I have a song to share with your readers which has the lyric:
(Click the lyric to hear the song)
My role model is a river rippling over rapids, plunging over waterfalls, flowing into the sea of love and out into the ocean of happiness.
Well, what can I say? Jordan is special and so is his style of answering my questions. Thank you for this mulit-sensorial trip to New Zealand, Jordan.
Jordan has a lot of fans (his Fragrant Man page has an incredible 50 000 Likes on Facebook). Are you one of them?