Naomi Goodsir perfumes

Naomi Goodsir perfumes

Australian Naomi Goodsir is not the first milliner to launch a range of perfumes.  Pioneers Lilly Daché, Hattie Carnegie and more recently Stephen Jones (aided by Comme des Garçons) got their own scents. But what makes Naomi Goodsir perfumes special is that they fit into the brand’s ethos seamlessly. And they’re really, really good.

Bois d’Ascese and Cuir Velours are dripping sensuality and style. If you look at Goodsir’s creations, you find a common thread of leather and hair, all sweaty and wild animal. You’ll find those two intertwined into her perfumes as well. Created by Julien Rasquinet, they are two facets of the same coin: the animal and the divine side of the human being.

Bois d'Ascese

Cuir Velours is an intense, hypnotic leather that merges with your skin and takes over. It will turn the wearer into that untameable animal that has all the eyes in the room. It takes confidence, pizzaz and a little bit of an adventurous streak to wear it successfully. The tobacco, rum and labdanum soften the suede into a whisper of a members’ club, while the immortelle gives it its accessible edge.

Bois d’Ascese on the other hand wants to take you to a higher level. Is it the meditative version of the incense, for a person of action who seeks a great calm. The labdanum and amber give it the zen, tampering the incense into a slow smoulder.

You can nab them for $150 a pop at

Cuir Velours

A third one, Nuit de Bakelite is on the way. I can’t imagine it being any less interesting, especially coming from Isabelle Doyen.