Burning Barbershop


A fire broke out in the Curling Bros. barbershop in Westlake, N.Y. in 1891. All the shaving tonics with their spearmint, lime, vanilla and lavender burned. A charred bottle was found half-full. It smelled like this. Masculine and full bodied this fougere is positively smoked. Spearmint couples with lime to create a spicy acid burn, that excoriates or expectations that this could be a conventional scent. The lavender that follows is sweetens cool, the perfect unsuspecting kindling for this act of fragrant arson. Pine black spruce is a bracing note that effectively punctures the preceding composition, as if with tiny burn holes. Through this pierced surface, Turkish rose seeps, a loukhum sweet delicacy that's dense and dark. Sage and guaiacwood counter rose with savory textures, alternating a fuzzy animalism with a taut dryness. In this startled landscape, lavender absolute fizzes and spits, registering as a darker grey periwinkle rather than the lighter synesthetic shade it previously occupied. Smoke and burnt oil go hand in hand, creating a thick fume that fills this barbershop entirely. In the dense haze, an insurgent, ripe sweetness strikes us; the mead textures of vanilla-hay and final frisson of lavender make this nebulous, searing scent super friendly to skin. A unique, aggressively modern recreation of a classic style, Burning Barbershop is chic, as scintillating and spiritually awakening as a close shave.

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