The American decanting fragrance site, Surrender to Chance, is launching its own fragrance line. The company has teamed up with renowned, all-natural perfumer, AbdesSalaam Attar (or Dominique Dubrana) of La Via del Profumo, to create two fragrances called Surrender and Cold Water Canyon.
I rarely post press releases or talk about upcoming fragrance launches on this site, but I make occasional exceptions when something really interests me. This is one of those times. AbdesSalaam Attar is a truly fascinating man, in my opinion, and you can read more about the reasons why he’s so acclaimed in a piece I did on his Mecca Balsam, but I think he has a particularly gifted touch when it comes to jasmine. (His Tawaf is one of the best jasmine scents around, in my opinion.) Both of the new Surrender to Chance fragrances incorporate that ingredient to some extent. Plus, one of them also has hyraceum, a very cool, under-used note that provides a strongly animalic, skanky character.
So, here is the majority of Surrender to Chance’s press release for Surrender and Cold Water Canyon:
December 1, 2014. Today Surrender to Chance introduces their first luxury perfumes, Surrender and Cold Water Canyon created by AbdesSalaam Attar (Dominque Dubrana), Composer Perfumer. We have both dabbled in creating fragrances at perfume workshops and loved the thought of offering our customers something that we have created. We have been fascinated by scent our entire lives and to have a chance to experience the art of creating our own fragrances was a wonderful opportunity for us. Having a natural perfumer of such reknown agree to create our fragrances was just icing on the cake. It’s magical to create your own scent. To send a proposal to the perfumer and have them send back samples for you to sniff and then to add a little of this or take away a bit of that. Surrender started out with no hyraceum in it and after the suggestion to add it, the perfume sang to us.
Dubrana was raised in France, is a Sufi convert, and a self-taught perfumer who creates perfumes using only natural essences and tinctures from his perfume lab in Rimini, Italy. (New York Times article on Dominique Dubrana and AbdesSalaam Attar). His creations are so beautiful that he is the only natural perfumer to be included in Luca Turin/Tania Sanchez’s “Perfumes: The A-Z Guide”. The four perfumes included in the book have all received four stars!! […] All of the perfumes that he creates are handcrafted and produced with the best aromatic raw materials certified 100% natural. We very excited to work with him and to have natural fragrances created for us. […] His fragrances are intended as a form of spiritual perfume-therapy and his belief is that the two natural functions of perfume are delight and healing.
Surrender is a rich jasmine floral that blends different jasmine absolutes with licorice, carrot, myrrh, gourmand notes and hyraceum. When we approached Dominique Dubrana we wanted to create a beautiful wedding scent and we were inspired by brides. Jasmine is used often as a wedding flower because of its narcotic and indolent qualities. After some testing of the fragrance, it was suggested that we add hyraceum to add a subliminal eroticism. Bertrand Duchaufour was the first perfumer to use hyraceum in a recent fragrance and it adds such a wonderful “something extra” to Surrender. It is also important to note that it is an ethical and sustainable source of animal pheromone which does not hurt the animal in any way as hyraceum is the crystallized and petrified form of Hyrax urine. Because of the nature of the ingredients in Surrender and for its function as a sensual aphrodisiac fragrance, animal pheromones have a sense and a place in it. While created as a wedding perfume, it is perfect for those who appreciate a glorious jasmine. One of our testers stated: “I am not generally a jasmine fan, but this is superb. It is soft and almost milky. A jasmine fragrance for a non-jasmine fan!”
Coldwater Canyon was suggested to us by a friend and long-time customer who asked for a fragrance inspired by the scent of a summer canyon full of sage, pine and mountain plants with sweetly scented night-blooming jasmine perfuming the night air. Coldwater Canyon is a perfect balance between a green perfume and a floral.
Both perfumes are available in eau de parfum concentration from Surrender to Chance and can be purchased in full bottles and also as samples and decants.
A few points of clarification may be helpful. First, each fragrance contains more than the notes mentioned; those are only the main ones and not the complete list. Second, Surrender to Chance informed me that samples and decants of the perfumes will be available through them, but AbdesSalaam Attar will be selling the full bottles on his La Via del Profumo site. However, both sites ship worldwide.
Pricing on Surrender to Chance for the samples or decants will be as follows:
- 1 ml $5.49
- 2mls $10.93
- 3mls $16.42
- 5mls $23.77
- 8mls $36.51
- 15mls $65.88
Finally, just to repeat, the official release date for both fragrances is December 1, 2014.