The France-Russia-Year, which will take place in both countries in 2010, was the perfect occasion for Thierry de Baschmakoff, Art Director of The Different Company, to pay tribute to his Russian origin. In collaboration with Céline Ellena he has created De Bachakov, a nearly botanical scent with an Asian touch – Baschmakoff’s ode to Russia: “Peppery and mineral notes of herbs which are softly swinging in the wind… The smell of the first sunrays on wood of Siberian forests – driven by Asian offshore winds which bring a fresh breeze of The Steppe.“
De Bachmakov smells like an entire herb garden. One note that is not listed by The Different Company dominates the opening: clary sage. I like this unique and slightly sharp smell, which is present at all stages of this fragrance. Thai basil, coriander leaves, nutmeg, bergamot and woody notes dance around this rather sharp outlaw. A crystal clear composition that seems to be mixed with vodka and ice cubes. Anyway – if I had not known that this was supposed to be a Russian scent I wouldn’t have figured it out.
The creations of The Different Company are all very natural scents, not only the ingredients but also the smells. That applies to De Bachmakov too. I can imagine that this perfume is a very refreshing elixir at the end of a hot summer day when it’s cooled in the fridge.
Perfumer: Céline Ellena with Thierry de Baschmakoff
Notes: clary sage, Thai basil, coriander leaves, nutmeg, bergamot, freesia, cedar wood, musk, vodka