kismet olfactive / tuberose tantra
Top: Clove, Ginger Root
Heart: Tuberose, Jasmine
Base: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cashmeran
Tuberose Tantra is energized by the ritual of building slowly rather than rushing to the climax. Infused with layers of ancient aphrodisiac oils, its base is composed of a strong bed of sandalwood, its heart contains a plentiful dose of narcotic tuberose, and its top notes burst with spicy ginger. Note: arousal may occur while wearing this fragrance.
“When we repress our desires, they do not disappear but stay beneath the surface and continue to exert their influence.” The Kama Sutra
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.