Scent of the Caribbean Seaside
Strange Invisible Perfumes
While the quality of commercial fragrances has taken a literal nose-dive with ever more celebrity fragrances and label-loving consumers saturating the market, it’s comforting that you need only look towards Abbot Kinney Blvd to find botanical perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis handcrafting truly unique, sultry scents that can be found nowhere else.
At Strange Invisible Perfumes, the Venice-based fragrance house she founded in 2000, Alexandra lives by her purist, earth-friendly philosophy – she sources only certified organic, biodynamic and hydro-distilled essences, and follows a meticulous method of designing and hand-blending each bottle in-house, using beverage-grade grape alcohol as a base.
The result is original and compelling accords that adapt to each person and subtly change on the skin throughout the day, with neither the unpleasant metallic undertone nor the short wear and shelf life that often define mass-produced perfumes.
In store, gorgeous vials of signature SI pure perfumes and eaux de parfum line the walls, while a handful of limited edition scents like the ‘Vacances’ – inspired by ‘a leisurely afternoon by the Caribbean seaside’ and featuring notes of temple mandarin, cedar, black currant and honey – fly off the shelves almost as quickly as they are produced.
But if even exclusive editions won’t do, you can go bespoke and schedule a private consultation with Alexandra, who will help you to custom blend your own strange, invisible, and uniquely lovely perfume.