Mineral; The Unexpected Marriage of Fragrance and Funk

By Jo Phillips

Supreme Feather – Jusbox

The 1960s were an era of constant change and a golden age as the first steps towards a more equal world were taken. It marked the beginning of the feminist movement and the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and a time when all these could come together in the form of some rather wonderful female vocals such as Shirley Bassey, The Supremes and Aretha Franklin.

Feather Supreme is directly inspired by Aretha Franklin, one of the most influential voices of the ‘60s. Known as “The Queen of Soul”, she combined the sounds of gospel, R&B, jazz, and pop to create melodies and sounds.

Feather Supreme is a celebration of Aretha Franklin as a symbol of female equality and black advancement. Scents of mandarin, bergamot orange, rose, ylang-ylang, and patchouli make this perfume a direct representation of the feminine, elegant, and sophisticated tunes of soul music.

Purple and black, the colours of Feather Supreme, portray the funk yet soft attitude of the aromas bottled inside. Simplicity can be found in this luxurious glass perfume which transcends time the same way Aretha Franklin’s voice is passed through generations of music lovers.

Jusbox preserved a piece of history and created a new perfume for every woman who wants to stand out and take over the world one fragrant step at a time.

For more information visit Jusboxperfumes.com


Artisan Pure – John Varvatos

Following the tradition of his previous perfume collections, John Varvatos’ new perfume, the fourth in the Artisan series, combines the brand’s rock-n-roll style with a new exotic aroma.

Inspired by the scents and laidback lifestyle of Mexico, birthplace of Senior Perfumer and Vice President of Creation at Givudan Fine Fragrances Rodrigo Flores-Roux’s, Artisan Pure is so very much a personal perfume which captures natural the coffee and citrus groves of South America. Its comfortable and relaxed aroma is also influenced, like all his perfumes, from Varvatos’ latest fashion collection of light and airy natural-tone fabrics.

Artisan Pure is a refreshing and crisp scent and adds a new warm tone to John Varvatos’ perfume collection. Consisting of citrus, Spanish lemon, Valencia orange, jasmine, cedarwood, and coffee, its distinctive smell of fresh herbs and woody accents brings back the summer vibe which is now lost in the midst of winter.

The old-world craftsmanship and sophistication of modern techniques is what makes this perfume stand out. Bottled in Varvatos’ iconic flask bottle and wrapped in almond hued, hand-woven rattan, Artisan Pure is the new fragrance addiction.

Artisan Pure is a summery day, a bit of luxury for every man who longs for an exotic laid back summer filled with rock-n-roll vibes.


Here is scent-inspired playlist of rock and soul songs you can listen to as you spritz on the perfumes:


Smells Like Teen Spirit | Nirvana

This classic grunge track is one everyone has listened to at least once. Fun fact: the line “Here we are, now; entertain us” is something lead singer, Kurt Cobain, said regularly at parties.



Stop and Smell the Roses | Ringo Starr

A rock song by the ex-Beatle, the comical music video makes for a fun watch.



She Smells So Nice | The Doors

The tune was released in 2012 but recorded in 1971, the same year as the band’s lead singer, Jim Morrison’s, death.



Smells Like Summer | Early Hours

Early Hours is the first South African band to have one million plays on SoundCloud.



Perfume | Sparks

The song featured on the band’s 2006 album, Hello Young Lovers, in which every track centres around the topic of modern love.



Summer Breeze | The Isley Brothers

The song was originally written and recorded by Seals and Crofts in 1972. The Isley Brothers covered it less than two years later.



I Smell Trouble | Paul Kelly

Released earlier this year, this song features on ‘Life Is Fine’, Kelly’s 23rd studio album.



The Bottle | Gil Scott Heron

This song was released in 1974 and acts as a social commentary on alcohol abuse.



I Smell Trouble | Ike and Tina Turner

This 1969 track was a cover of American blues singer, Bobby Bland’s original, which came out a decade earlier.



Love Potion | Mighty Tom Cats

Released in 1999, this song is a fun combination of soul, funk, and disco, and is perfect to carry you through the busy week ahead.



Artisan Pure is available exclusively at Selfridges from November 2017, and nationwide from January 2018.

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