“What you’re smelling is version #1, which Dominique really likes, but it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. He sensed my hesitation with it and graciously created a version #2, which I love (with a capital HEART). In fact, I’ve already used it up — it’s one of the few bottles of fragrance I’ve completely emptied.
Violet leaf isn’t an essence I’m all that keen on, and version #1 featured it prominently. Version #2 went a different direction with an accord of Opoponax, Frankincense and Tobacco.
Versions #1 and #2 are very different, yet both are exceptionally well done. “
Nathan Branch on Basenotes
“I can see how Aalacho N° 2 fit Nathans brief perfectly and would hit the spot dead centre for him. Though I like this very much and will wear it, I prefer the Aalacho 1 which seems a little more open in composition, less dense and with that ethereal violet leaf giving a lighter shade of green.
I thought the other day, Aalcho I is like a natural version of a cross between GIT and Polo green. That stunning violet leaf note, now I know what it is, it seems so clear.”
Hirsh Duckfinder on Basenotes
Aalacho, the story behind: Nathan Branch ordered me a custom perfume, giving me this brief:
Outsiders 50 ml bottle
Photo courtesy Nathan Branch
“I appreciate bold statements that stand out from the crowd, and I love dry, woody orientals with incense smoke. I’m not a fan of vanilla or heavily sweetened fragrances — I rarely eat dessert and prefer coffee, instead, but I do appreciate a mellow sweetness. I do not purchase floral fragrances, and tend to avoid perfumes with flowers and/or fruits, including citrus. I like dark earthy musks, the smell of burning leaves and woods (we used to burn cherry wood in the fireplace when I was a child), mossy forests, raw honey, salt, black leather.”
I based my composition Aalacho N° 1 on his brief more than on the ingredients listed. When I realized that Nathan was deluded by the fragrance he had received, I just made it again without any liberty, exactly with the accord and the ingredients he had asked me in the first place and sent it to him free. He loved it.