Scent Stories: Kristel
Kristel, the co-founder of Atelier Vesper, who produces Eden, a previous Perfume of the Month, is much more than a perfume entrepreneur. She is also a businesswoman, a mother, and seems to be an expert juggler.
She joined us from her Netherlands based home to discuss her perfume preferences and opinions.
What are your three favourite perfumes?
I love smelling other brands. One of my current favourites is À la Rose by Francis Maison Kurkdjian, but the male version because it's more full-bodied. Gozo by Jeroboam, I had never heard about it before, but it's one of my favourites at the moment. It's different and intriguing, like nothing else. And from our brand, I really love Elea. I think for me it is our best fragrance, and I think in the future, it'll be our best known.
What does perfume mean to you?
It means a lot because perfume can take you back to a place and make you smile. Perfume is really connected to your brain because I studied psychology, and it's really interesting to me. For example, when I think of my passed grandfather, I can see his face, but I also smell his scent. That's why I find perfume so interesting.
If you could create your ideal fragrance, what would it be like?
I have three children, and I think the most special smell (which I will miss the most) is the smell of a newborn child. It is only there for the first two days. They have this oily layer when they get born, and it smells really, really sweet. And this smell is so strong it instantly links you and the child. Another strange smell I like is concrete, some people like the smell of petrol and I like concrete. But for me, I could never wear one perfume for the rest of my life because, for me, perfume should relate to your state of mind. It's like clothing.