elements showcase 2012: highlights from the best of the best in fragrance + beauty

This past Tuesday I was thrilled that I got to shuffle around the Elements Showcase, a carefully curated design exhibition with an emphasis on fine fragrance. Lost Weekend was invited to set up a pop-up shop to keep the perfumers and designers and fashion journalists sufficiently caffeinated for this two-day event. Lucky for me I got to tag along. And as a total nerd for beautiful packaging and wonderful and creative essential oil blends, you can only imagine what kind of bliss I experienced.

from a warehouse in Chelsea: the Elements Showcase.

I bopped around to different exhibitors’ and the brands they were shilling, both established and emerging. Elements features the very best in international products, from body lotions to candles to eau de parfums to nail polish. Here are a few of the highlights:
Bond No. 9
Scents are aptly named after neighborhoods and hot spots of our beloved city and beyond (Astor Place, Chinatown, Hamptons, Bryant Park, Brooklyn), and the bottles are just as bright and full of personality. Was immediately drawn to their newest concoction, High Line, an aromatic homage to everyone’s favorite park in the sky (shout out to my bro-in-law!). Fresh and cheery and grassy, with notes of bergamot, tulips and grape hyacinth.

Ursa Major
Skincare for the manly man. Vermont-based and boasting all sorts of masculine design aesthetics like bears and arrows and snow-peaked mountains. Emily (who operates Ursa Major with her partner, Oliver) swears by the face toner to remove eye makeup.
21 Drops
Colorful, bold typeface on the packaging is what originally drew me in. Clever and thoughtful use of aromatherapy for common ailments (hangover? indigestion? moodiness?) won me over.

Neela Vermeire Creations
Loved chatting with Neela herself, and sampling Trayee, Mohur, and Bombay Bling, three deeply complex, romantic scents that took me back to India in a powerful way. Mohur in particular reminded me of the spice markets of Mysore, in Southern India: this perfume is laced with notes of cardamom, sandalwood, jasmine, and black pepper, all rich and spicy and dynamic and wonderful.

Super French and feminine, especially drawn to the pink powder and elegant glass bowl with gold accents. And that powder puff! Powdering my face with that soft, giant puff made me think of beauty in the 1920s: it must’ve been soooo glamorous to get ready each morning with such beautiful tools. Sigh.

the Lost Weekend pop-up shop. because no perfumer should be without pour-over.

Is there a specific scent that you’re powerfully drawn to, like lavender, lemon or patchouli? Or a specific type of scent, like earthy or spicy or floral?

2 responses to “elements showcase 2012: highlights from the best of the best in fragrance + beauty

  1. Sara, I love Bond No 9 perfumes! Union Square and Harrods Rose are my favorites. They are also really consistent with sending free samples once you buy smth from them. Always a pleasant surprise:)

    • Thanks Nadya! I love them too. They were very generous with the samples, agreed. I have a nice little bottle of the I Love NY “Father’s Day,” which is surprisingly sweet and feminine. Really love their stuff. 🙂

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