February 2021

L'Air de Panache


Lime Oil 150

Bergamot Oil 150

Orange Flower Ether 50

Petitgrain Oil 30

Neroli Oil 35

Nerol 20

Nerolidol 25

Hedione 50

Methyl Anthranilate 3.5

Precyclemone B 6

Aldehyde C-10 Decanal 1

Aldehyde C11 (10-undecenal) 2.5

Rosemary Oil 30

Phenyl Ethyl Alcohol 60

Geranyl Acetate 10

Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde 40

Benzoin Siam Resinoid 10

alpha-Ionone 10

Sylvamber 30

Helvetolide 40

Galaxolide 100

Farnesol 20

Rose Acetate 7

Vetiveryl acetate 20

Coumarin 30

Labdanum Resinoid 10

Santaliff 10

Civet Absolute 10% 20

Musk Ketone 20

Ambroxide 5

Cetalox (Fir) 5


Total: 1000




I love Wes Anderson, and I love The Grand Budapest Hotel. I watched it again some time ago and decided to try and create the imaginary perfume, L'Air de Panache which is very important to Monsieur Gustave H., the main character. I later learned that a real-world version of the fragrance was commissioned by Anderson and created by the perfumer Mark Buxton. I have no idea how mine compares to this one as I haven't had a chance to smell it yet.


The film takes place in 1932, in the imaginary Eastern European country of Zubrowka (which is a brand name of a famous Polish Bison Grass Vodka). While creating the perfume, I tried to account for these facts, the plot, and Anderson's unique sense of humor and esthetics.


Honied apples and orange flower, with an eau de cologne opening. Rosemary for the reference to Budapest, which brings Hungary Water to mind. French aldehydes of the 1930s, a dash of coumarin for the Zubrowka reference, and an extra panache of musk.


The result is very much a cliche, but at least to my nose, a pleasing one.

L'Air de Panache

"There are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity"