The same old lineup of designer/celebrity fragrances can feel forced, no matter how evocative their inescapable ad campaigns. For a more original personal fragrance—new season, new scent, we say—consider KIÖRI, a new, vanilla-based perfume oil handmade by Katonah resident Lisa Cantor-Wallos in her in-home atelier.
Warm, sensual, and layered—from sweet “dark” vanilla to rich patchouli and other woodsier ingredients chosen for their purported aphrodisiac properties—the all-natural oil’s name comes from the Japanese term for “inner desire.”
A former New York City Ballet dancer, Cantor-Wells fell in love with fragrance while training at the School of American Ballet, playing hookie “to run along Amsterdam Avenue and find this scent shop” as an 11-year-old. “And at Lincoln Center, I’d see these stunning ballerinas…and I always took notice of their perfume in their dressing rooms,” she says.
Recently, she developed KIÖRI from essential oils, natural resins, and pure perfume—no alcohol, solvents, or other additives. And she chose the vegan, concentrated oil’s “more intimate” rollerball application because “it has incredible staying power.”
For added value, she adds, the scent layers beautifully, making it a versatile addition to an existing perfume collection: “One of my favorites it to take a dab of Chanel No. 5 and mix with KIÖRI. It’s simply magical!” (We like it especially as a nighttime option.)