Strictly Selective Cosmetics GmbH is a niche brands distributor for luxury cosmetics in the EU, Northern-/Southern-/Eastern Europe. We do not work in UK.
More than just a distributor, Strictly Selective acts as a partner for our brands and retailers. We help brands control and limit distribution according to their specific needs and targets, and we support retailers through frequent visits, trainings, and by ensuring exclusivity for an area.
We accomplish this by limiting our scope of engagement. We choose only the best retailers by city, with passion and dedication for the brands we represent. Likewise, we focus our efforts on only a very few complementary brands. Upon request, we additionally support our brands with strategic support by sharing market data, evaluating the potential for brands, and proposing a market entry strategy.
The ‘Come Hell or High Water’ CollectionBeauFort London has created a collection of fine fragrance designed to resonate with British identity and challenge the boundaries of contemporary perfumery. Drawing from the rich historical narratives of our sea faring nation, we have created powerfully evocative, provocative niche fragrances. All entirely produced in Great Britain.
The creation of musician and writer Leo Crabtree (whose life-long love of fragrance and preoccupation with the darker elements of British history are the collection’s impetus) BeauFort London’s brand identity recalls a very British obsession.
Born into a family of artists, psychologists and sailors, Crabtree’s first home was a boat on the River Thames. “The sea, its traditions, superstitions and way of life are ingrained in me. The name ‘BeauFort London’ (derived from the 1805 wind force scale*) represents a kind of framework within which we can understand ourselves: The wind is constant, enduring, but ultimately changeable and potentially destructive”
It is fitting then, that his first fragrance creations, the ‘Come Hell or High Water’ Triptych draw heavily from Britain’s nautical past for inspiration. The collection is to be bold, sometimes contrary, but at all times driven by innate curiosity and a desire to expand experience.
“Powerful accords of smoke, gunpowder, ‘blood’ (actually a faintly metallic tang) and brandy combine with sea spray and a penetrating citrus note.“ the perfume society
From the infusion in alcohol of resins, woods, roots and metals, Antonio Gardoni creates some of the solvents he uses to dissolve rare and high quality raw ingredients found on his trips. From steam distillation he extracts the essential oils to create odors and fragrances.
He works at night when the light doesn’t adulterate the chemicals and when the smells of the day disappear to leave space to new experiments of shadows.
Antonio Gardoni creates contemporary fragrances with ancient techniques and modern intuitions. From architecture and design he learned how to build by layers and to think by subtraction. His perfumes are rooms to discover with their mood, texture, light and color.
Eau de Parfum for Real World Moments your scent wardrobe by Swedish perfumer NICLAS LYDEEN (AGONIST).
Scents are mood lifters and confidence builders. We have created the collection with this in mind and the result is a set of scents that will support and add colour to your social calender. Business, love or leisure the CRA-YON scent wardrobe supports you to become the best version of yourself.
CRA-YON is a new approach to fragrance based on insights from over 10 years of experience in the high-end luxury perfume market. We are pushing the fragrance industry in a new direction for the future by guiding the customers to really great fragrance experiences on their own terms. No harmful ingredients, 100% vegan, best quality raw materials and with a core sustainability approach, both social and enviromental
Fragments of half remembered legends, movements, events, and foreign lands
David & Kavi make perfume and cologne in small batches using premium-sourced raw materials. All scents are created exclusively in-house. Some of their inspiration comes from outdated herbal wisdom, native ritual medicine, lore and legends, historical movements and Americana. The scents are the stories of prospectors, gentry, trailblazers, frontier women, drawing rooms, workbenches, cowboys. They are fragments of half remembered legends, movements, events, and foreign lands.
D.S. & Durga’s production hearkens back to the pre-industrial cottage industries of North America. The processes are time consuming and low in yield. Both factors place quality of product far above quantity. HYLNDS is a line that seeks to recall the myth- infused lands of Northern Europe. Tracing legends from antiquity and the Iron and Viking Ages, HYLNDS scents are made with in- depth research into historical documents, aromatic analysis of real places, and the artistic creation of the Celtic, Norse, Manx, and Anglo peoples.
D.S. & Durga strive to present a range from light to full bodied. Though all scent is unisex in nature, D.S. & Durga honor the classical breakdown of masculines & feminines. Sartorial consideration is an important facet of their decisions.
D.S. grew up immersed in the idyllic scents of a quaint New England town – ocean and forest. Since winning his first bottle of cologne at an island summer camp raffle, he has developed a lifelong fascination with fragrance. He moved to NYC in 2002 with an old band. Durga was born in the shadows of New York, but traveled the world throughout her childhood. She studied architecture in Los Angeles and design in Holland. She then returned to New York to design buildings – and met D.S. outside of one.
Together they soon began tincturing flowers, herbs, and spices to make aftershaves for friends. When they realized that none of their friends shaved (this was 2007, mind you), they started blending oils, resins, and plant extracts. The results were small batch perfumes and colognes, and friends loved them. Durga had an idea: she could distill her designs into the architecture of fragrances (and the packages they live in) and D.S. could write songs in scent.
Pissara Umavijani or Ploi Uma, the founder and lead perfumer of Parfums Dusita, grew up in Bangkok. A young artist with a passion for fragrances, she began creating her own perfumes. Blending rare, precious scents. Ploi dreamt of opening her own ‘maison de parfum’ in France, the home of classic fragrances.
At Parfums Dusita our passion for fine fragrances begins with a love of traditional French haute perfumery and its style. To this we bring our own intimate familiarity with the fragrant oils, powders & resins of our Siamese heritage. For countless generations, traditional Siamese ceremonies, religious and cultural, have used jasmine, sage, rose, benzoin, beeswax, bergamot, sandalwood and many more, beautiful and natural scents.
Dusita’s founder and perfumer says,
„We aim to create great fragrances that can’t be copied. Perfumes with true recherché value. Traditional French sophistication graced with Siamese elegance”.
Dusita’s exclusive collection of perfume ‚extraits‘ is a tribute to the poetry of Montri Umavijani, the father of Dusita founder Pissara ‚Ploi‘ Umavijani. Dr Montri (1941 – 2006), a craftsman of words, is considered one of Thailand’s leading modern poets. He travelled extensively and achieved international acclaim for his work. Both poetry and perfume stir the imagination with sensual and subliminal appeals. Parfums Dusita uses Montri’s poetry to help ‘illustrate’ the romance of our perfumes.
Inspired by Montri’s lifetime quest to find the joy and peace of mind that the heavenly paradise ‘Dusita’ is said to afford the spirit, our perfumes evoke realms of earthly happiness. Issara – the joy of freedom and tranquility; Melodie De L’Amour – the sweet bliss and magic of love ; Oudh Infini — the euphoria of adventure and discovery.
A collection of 34 fragrances — all aspirational, all essential. With an emphasis on originality, audacity, authenticity and freedom of expression, Etat Libre d’Orange proposes surprising olfactory compositions, without any limitations in terms of creativity, raw materials, or expense.
This is why the brand has met a growing number of passionate fans who see in Etat Libre d’Orange its singularity, its sincerity, and its adherence to its ethos: luxurious, provocative, sometimes ironic, often subversive, and always elegant.
In ten years, Etat Libre d’Orange has become a respected constituent in the world of perfume:
Five stars from the New York Times in its classification of perfume houses; The Specialists’ Prize, awarded by the Fragrance Foundation France for having created an innovative and daring perfumery.
Etat Libre d’Orange is a declaration of independence. Etienne de Swardt worked for a long time in the rarefied world of luxury perfume, a world which has had a fixed scope and ambition. Much of the work in recent years has been limited to simple and sterile fragrance expressions. Perfumes have been conceived with the goal of pleasing the greatest number of potential customers, and this goal is based on the premise that customers want something easy and uncomplicated.
Bored with these dictates, Etienne formed his own house with the idea of starting a revolution. He wanted to create a challenging perfumery, to emancipate juices from traditional restrictions. He envisioned perfumes that were furiously liberated, dangerously endearing. Flamboyant, excessive, perfect. Sometimes scandalous, always delicious. Perfumes for life and love and making love..
„My perfumes are conceived and fully handcrafted by me from initial spark to final bottling and packing in my laboratory in Amsterdam. I take care not only of creation but also of producing the concentrate, filtering it, and packing each perfume by hand. The constant search for quality material is not just crucial for the achievement of the perfume, but is an ever-lasting passion to which I am compelled to surrender.Actual circumstances, states of mind and intuitions fraught with a troubling, sensorial, emotional or spiritual meaning are the source of my inspiration. These are my epiphanies. I am not interested in merely copying their smell, but in conjuring them up and at the same time, expressing the emotional thrill I experience during these epiphanic occurrences. The creation of a perfume is a very long and complex process, and it takes me a hermit life to devise a formula which I then blend, holding my breath at every drop I add as in a sacred ritual. At those ecstatic and silent moments, I feel like an alchemist which through a transformation gives birth to something new, which is not the simple addition of different materials.„
Imaginary Authors is born from the concept of scent as art and art as provocation. Like a good book, these scents are meant to inspire you. In these bottles are layered narratives that are sure to generate stirring conversation, fragrances that might be capable of changing the course of your own personal story. The hope is that they not only invigorate and intoxicate, but also take you to new places.
Each Imaginary Authors fragrance follows a compelling storyline peppered with intriguing twists. These are scents to curl up with, to share with friends, to take with you wherever you go, and to return to again and again for a uniquely transcendent experience..
„A tribute to freedom of Renaissance.“
Parfums MDCI, a brainchild of Claude Marchal, is a small and very chic French company that was built on the philosophy, which states that fine fragrances are an art more than an industry, and should be a source of pleasure, pride and beauty more than a simple commodity.
MDCI was born out of the admiration for the period of Renaissance and the desire to create contemporary equivalents of the precious objects once owned by the Medicis and the Sun King and now kept in the Louvre, Musei dei Uffizzi, and the Treasure Room in Vienna. The fragrances are as exquisite as the bottles that house them. The MDCI scents were created by such renowned perfumers as Pierre Bourdon, Francis Kurkdjian, and Stéphanie Bakouche. Following its philosophy of perfume being an art, MDCI has given the perfumers absolute freedom and no cost limit. The only requirement was not to try to please the greatest possible number, not to imitate or follow trends.
Only the very highest quality ingredients were used in the creation, none of them of animalic origin. Pierre Bourdon and Stéphanie Bakouche created the two masculine scents and Francis Kurkdjian the three feminine scents in the collection.
‘The brand name is a clear declaration of intent: to talk about perfume and nothing else!’’
„Michele Almairac… an olfactory signature known all over the globe.’’
Parle Moi de Parfum is all about family. Benjamin Almairac grew up with stories about perfume that his father brought home from work. He dreamt of creating a venue right in the centre of Paris where the public could discover the finest fragrances that Michel Almairac had always dreamed of creating and staging. Together with Elisabeth, his mother, and Romain, his brother, he designed a space for witnessing the creation of a perfume and discovering that combination of magic and technique, of disconcer-ting ease and maddening complexity, that Michel describes when talking about his work.
Being born in Grasse made it quite natural for Michel to gra-vitate towards fragrance and raw materials. At the age of 18, he joined the perfumery school at Roure, at this time one of the biggest perfume companies in Grasse. This marked the start of a career as a perfumer that, several years later, took him to Paris and gave him incredible opportunities to meet and talk directly with fashion designers.As a perfumer for couture houses, he was the «nose» who gave fashion brands an olfactory identity. Dior, Burberry and Gucci placed their trust in him. More recently, he designed the first perfumes of Bottega Veneta and Zadig & Voltaire, and gave Chloé an olfactory signature that is known all over the globe. Today, he is the exclusive per-fumer at Parle Moi de Parfum, seizing a new opportunity to take us on a journey through his precise formula, unique harmo-nies and unforgettable scented signatures
Rook scents are all about creating a moment. About evoking an emotion, and transporting you to a time or place. “I’ve always been obsessed with scent. Scent moves me emotionally more than any other sense,” said Nadeem Crowe, perfumer for Rook Perfumes. “People go on holiday and fall in love with a place, they buy a fridge magnet to remember the trip. I buy a fragrance.”
Born in Jordan and raised in both Lincolnshire and London, Nadeem studied medicine at University College London (UCL). During his medical training he applied to the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and trained there as an actor before returning to UCL to complete his medical degree in 2010. When eventually signing to theatrical agents, Global Artists, his agent asked him where he saw himself in 10 years. “A practising doctor with a few West End credits under my belt,” Nadeem replied. Almost 10 years later, Nadeem has pursued those two loves, with a career in acute and emergency medicine as well as performances alongside Glenn Close in “Sunset Boulevard” and most recently, “School of Rock” in the West End. “When I say I’m in a musical but I also practise as a doctor, people tend to reply ‘Those two careers are so different!’ But I consider both worlds to overlap more than you would first think. Both require huge amounts of dedication. Oh, and an element of performance. When people learn I also create my own scents, they automatically assume that that world is also detached from the other two. For me perfume sits comfortably in the middle. I spent years studying science and feel totally comfortable with pipettes, beakers and weighing scales. The outcome, though, is a piece of art. Scent is very theatrical.”
Rook Perfumes had a very modest start. Each scent was made in the carcass of an old Ikea wardrobe fashioned into a home laboratory, while the Rook journey itself originally began with heartbreak. A failed pursuit of holiday romance in Lausanne, Switzerland lead to a lonely and rainy walk around the city. Nadeem found himself in Philippe K., a perfumery making home fragrance and candles with the finest Somalian incense. Having spent several hours sipping coffee and sniffing raw ingredients, the inspiration to create his own scents was born. On his return to England, Nadeem started to explore the incredible palette of essential oils and aroma chemicals. His creations eventually started to attract the attention of friends, family and strangers alike, which lead to the initial launch of Rook Perfumes in early 2018.
History of St Johns Bay Rum
A FASCINATING 175 YEARS OF HISTORY
It all began over 70 years ago with U.S. Naval Officer, John Webb, stationed in the Virgin Islands during World War II and a single ingredient – bay leaf oil – long regarded as a health and beauty aid by island natives. Intrigued by the rich history of the bay rum industry and other experimenters before him, Webb mixed this versatile essential oil with exotic Caribbean spices to create a distinctly masculine scent. He went on to package these bottles by hand using local palm fronds, and from there, St Johns Bay Rum™ was created, bringing the allure of the islands to the U.S. Recognized worldwide, these “Fishpot Weave®” bottles have since become iconic, embodying the essence and guiding principles of the St Johns Bay Rum™ brand:
Today, the St Johns Fragrance Company™ continues to handcraft the finest fragrances, staying true to original formulations. Every bottle is still woven by hand in the Carribean! The brand can be recognized everywhere on the Virgin Islands among surfers, sailors and local alike.
St Johns Bay Rum™ – the original scent of the West Indies.
Painter, musician, creative director,photographer, graphic designer – Filippo Sorcinelli.
From the age of thirteen he was organist in Rimini , Fano and San Benedetto del Tronto at the town’s Cathedrals. He also became art director of many prestigious Music Festivals in Italy. He participated to many painting exhibitions and art installations in Italy and abroad.
In 2001 he created LAVS, the Sacred Vestments Atelier. The Atelier realizes Sacred Vestments, and all the materials for the catholic cult liturgy. The Atelier shortly became a landmark in the new Sacred Vestments of the two last Popes: Benedetto XVI and Francesco. Filippo is Founder and art director of UNUM parfums. UNUM was born from the desire to fully understand the „sacredness of the mystic“, as an expression of painful research of a cosmic knowledge that finds its genesis in a perfection inspired by the geometry of spaces, the understanding of volumes and the symphony of lines.
Unum was born from the desire to fully understand the „sacredness of the mystic“, as an expression of painful research of a cosmic knowledge that finds its genesis in a perfection inspired by the geometry of spaces, the understanding of volumes and the symphony of lines. Unum is a perfume atelier sui generis, because it breaks with the classical perfume tradition, to face an original and proper journey. A journey inspired first of all by the search for the deep knowledge of one’s own cosmic self…Filippo Sorcinelli is one of those people whose contours are difficult to draw, because they are multiple, like his tattoos, that seem to draw the linesof a destiny for which he wants to take full responsibility.