kismet olfactive / the poet
Alluring, Grounded, Elegant, Mysterious, Romantic, Warm
Top: Grapefruit, Ambrox
Heart: Casablanca Lily, Ambrette Musk, Frankincense
Base: Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Patchouli
Soft-spoken, coolly composed, and worldly wise. The Poet fuses floral Casablanca lily with eastern wood and resin notes including Moroccan Atlas cedar, Omani frankincense, and Indian sandalwood. A sophisticated floriental fragrance, The Poet is rounded out with sensual leather and ambrette musk, warm patchouli, grapefruit, and hints of sweet tonka bean.
Kismet Olfactive is a New York City-based independent fragrance studio founded by bohemian-perfumer Shabnam Tavakol. Born and raised in California, Shabnam—Farsi for “morning dew” — is the daughter of Iranian-immigrant parents who escaped the violent 1979 Revolution in Iran, relocating to the U.S. by way of hard-won efforts and a string of good fortune. Recognizing this fortuitous past, Kismet — from the Persian qismat, meaning “fate,” or, “what is meant to be” — translates the serendipitous moments that make up our lives into wearable scents.
Shabnam studied fragrance creation at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in South France. After graduating, she worked professionally in Paris and New York City, yet soon grew disappointed by the perfume industry’s rigid conformity, privileging corporate hierarchy, political correctness, and a hard line between ‘natural perfumery’ and ‘fine fragrance’ — large-fragrance-house perfumers seemed disconnected from clientele, pressured to formulate from marketing briefs, consumer-projections, pie charts, analytics. Seeking an alternative, Shabnam founded Kismet to establish a more intimate, inclusive, and ‘naturals’-integrative approach to fine fragrance creation.