Of places, perfumes and memories | NicoJournal | Nicobar Design Studio
There’s nothing quite like a fragrance to transport you to another time, a far away memory. Wherever I am in the world, the scent of jasmine at night immediately sends me back to summer nights spent camped out under the stars as a child, or the scent of moist oak and pine—a sharp reminder of another time where winter mornings were crisp and wet with dew and mingled with the scent of the woods. To think that a fragrance can situate you elsewhere entirely is really quite extraordinary and capturing these dream-like memories in bottles of perfume is Bombay Perfumery. Based out of Mumbai and spearheaded by perfumer Manan Gandhi, Bombay Perfumery is one of the country's first luxury fragrance houses. With India at the core of everything that they do, the scents are inspired by travels around the world, indigenous ingredients, and vivid memories. While Bombay Perfumery is only a few years old, having launched two years ago, Gandhi’s family has always been in the business of supplying fragrances to perfumers around the world—with his growing years spent marveling at precious little bottles of essential oils and traveling with his father to exotic locations to discover and source ingredients and essential oils from farmers. Here we caught up with Manan to talk about his love for perfumery, why a homegrown fragrance able has been a long time coming, and what it takes to capture precious memories and places in a bottle.