Mother’s Day is coming May 8, the second Sunday in May, and as the last of the chocolate and perfume holidays for the year until fall, it’s a nice reason to recall the unique chocolate parfums handmade and artisanal discovered at the 10th annual San Francisco Chocolate Salon, of all places. Indeed long after the edible chocolate stupor wears off the night of the event, the wearable scents at the chocolate show such as Violet Chocolatier and Chocolate Wasted remain entertaining and provacative. Those chocolate salon guests at Fort Mason that rainy day, those who ventured beyond the maze of edible chocolates, found something delightful and unique for the nose.
The independent artists who create hand-made and organic scents chatted from their space in the back of the hall, engaging in a relaxed and open way, happy to share. Visitors had the chance to meet face to face blue-eyed Jarekhye of Haught (pronounced hot) Parfums; along with PK of PK Perfumes among others. These artists rounded out the multi-sensory chocolate experience right where the taste originates, the nose. The gentlemen even shared how the scents are made, which matters in this health and quality conscious world. These artists create little high quality, individually produced gems that even those sensitive to scents can wear with comfort, a rare treat.
Jarekhye and Haught Parfums, Oakland: Don’t Explain
Oakland’s blue-eyed Jarekhye of Haught Parfums and his dance-loving friend presented a set of eau de parfums dedicated all who are one of a kind but specifically blues and jazz icons, one for Billie Holiday and one for Josephine Baker. He calls his tribute to Holiday ‘Don’t Explain’ and the tribute to Baker ‘Don’t Touch Me Tomato’ with her cavorting in her banana skirt. He mixed banana, coconut, tuberose and vintage French perfume for this celebration of her spirit. Generally his line celebrates individuality, pain and all, yet will appeal (get it) to anybody expressive and creative, male or female, young or old. While the down to Earth, fun and whimsical notes danced on one’s nose, Jarekhye recounted how his line started with a childlike sense of fun, curiosity if not mischief.
He began his bottle by bottle alchemy young by mixing his grandmother’s perfumes at home. Meanwhile his friend said with playfulness how he has developed a following on the dance floor as Chocolate Wasted lingers in the air and lures followers as he walks. So it sounds as if the Chocolate Wasted is anything but wasted, a soft and novel tropical treat with accents of vanilla and coconut. Prices, starting at a reasonable $25 and some of the fragrances are shared. He also offers a teensy sample size squirt bottle, 3 ml size for $10; and a subscription to new scents not yet on the market.
PK of PK Perfumes
PK or Paul Kiler created a more Victorian or floral chocolate in Violet Chocolatier. It’s a soft aroma with a kiss of floral, reminding one of the English square mints wrapped in purple foil and called Violets. The floral inspiration and others seem to come from the exotic and islands far far away, as PK created some zesty and tangy, sweeter perfumes perfect for wearing while sipping a tropical drink on a hot summer day. He made one called Ginger Zest de Citron and one that smells like a beach vacation, Velvet Curacao. His line ranges from airy to sexy, with elevating Ere, Pentecost and Heavenly Fresh to a realistic Red Leather and Dirty Rose. Prices for Violet Chocolatier, $15 to $125.00. He would like to see a version of his chocolate parfum on sale at the Hershey Chocolate amusement park in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile Kiler says he gives back through the Eden Project, which for each bottle purchased plants ten trees in places including Madagascar, Haiti, Ethopia and Nepal.
PK, like so many creative souls, has several creative talents and has been a photographer. He poses by the sign his wife made for a photograph. His wife created the island style sign with their logo for the show. PK’s wife came from an island where he said she was trying to work as a doctor and the power would always go out. She would stay on the internet in this one particular location and that’s how they met, via the internet. She came to the United States to be his wife. It’s too difficult to get past the language requirements and the many years of residency for a foreign doctor, so she no longer practices medicine. Yet the couples’ figurative chemistry and her literal knowledge of chemistry seems to be suggested and shared in the perfumes.
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