The world of fragrance is a fascinating one, where science, art, and tradition come together to create olfactory masterpieces. The Bubble Collection, a niche fragrance brand, is a name that has been making waves in the industry with its unique and captivating scents. What sets them apart from other brands is their commitment to creating unisex fragrances that are vegan, clean and cruelty-free.
The Bubble Collection was founded by Michael Perris and Gregory Cole, a passionate duo who previously worked on creative concepts for Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs. After being inspired by a holiday in Santorini, Perris and Cole decided to launch their own fragrance brand with the goal of offering a range of scents that catered to everyone, regardless of gender. To achieve this, they collaborated with MANE, one of the world's largest fragrance manufacturers, and three renowned perfumers, Vincent Kuczinski, Claude Dir, and Gino Percontino, to create six unique fragrances that could be worn by anyone.
Let's take a closer look at the perfumers behind The Bubble Collection's scents and the inspiration behind each fragrance.
Master Perfumer Vincent Kuczinski
Vincent Kuczinski is a master perfumer with over 35 years of experience in the industry. He is the President of the American Society of Perfumers and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Bobbi Brown Almost Bare, Jo Malone Blue Agave and Cacao, Clean Reserve Terra Woods, Clinique Chemistry for Men and Donna Karan Signature.
For inspiration, Vince turns to music, from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven straight through to the Beatles and Pearl Jam. He is apt to describe his fragrance creations in the language of color, and has an instinctive feel for the nuances of subtle variation in value and tone.
For The Bubble Collection, Kuczinski designed two fragrances: SANTORINI and CELEBRATE. SANTORINI is a fragrance that transports you to the Greek island with its refreshing and soothing scent. The top notes of blue sea, blue sky, bergamot, mandarin, and pink pepper give the fragrance a crisp and bright opening that is reminiscent of the island's pristine beauty. The mid and dry notes of pear, jasmine, cedarwood, bigaflower, orange blossom, musk, vetiver, sea moss, and warm amber create a complex scent that is both calming and invigorating.
CELEBRATE, on the other hand, is a scent that is perfect for any occasion. The fragrance boasts top notes of green tea, bergamot, pink pepper, and winter thyme that create a fresh and herbal aroma. The mid notes of eucalyptus, everlasting, jasmine tea, spearmint, and cassis add a floral and fruity dimension to the fragrance. The dry notes of vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood, and woody musk create a warm and comforting aroma that is perfect for a night out or a cozy evening at home.
Claude Dir is another highly respected perfumer who has been in the industry for over 30 years. He has created fragrances for some of the world's biggest fashion houses, including Bobbi Brown Beach, Calvin Klein Escape, Hugo Boss Energise, La Prairie Silver Rain, Kim Kardashian's eponymous fragrance and Amouroud's Bois d’Orient, Agarwood Noir, Oud After Dark, Oud du Jour and Safran Rare. In 2016, Claude was the recipient of the American Society of Perfumers Lifetime Achievement Award.
Born and raised in France, Claude moved to Grasse as a child. After the school day ended, he not only worked harvesting roses and jasmine but practiced making his own blends at home. Upon completion of his university studies, Claude joined MANE as a chemist. Trained in MANE’s own School of Perfumery and Flavors, Claude was instrumental in helping to build MANE’s US perfumery presence.
CONNECT, Claude’s creation for The Bubble Collection, is a scent that is all about connection and intimacy. It opens with a burst of fresh and floral notes, including freesia and rose de mai, before giving way to a heart of soft and cozy cashmere and winter white birch. The base notes of tonka bean, skin musk, and vanilla absolute add warmth and sensuality to the scent, making it perfect for intimate occasions. Connect is a fragrance that captures the essence of human connection, with its warm and inviting mood.
Gino Percontino is a rising star in the world of perfumery, having worked with brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct, Hollister Wave for Her and Trish McEvoy Black Rose Oud. He is known for his ability to create fragrances that are both complex and accessible, making them perfect for everyday wear.
Gino describes his fragrance style as minimalist, with a passion for dramatic contrasts. He sneaks a little of his signature favorite ingredient into almost everything he creates. He is inspired by the rich culture of Italy---Tuscany, the Amalfi coast, and Avolino (near Naples, where his family is from).
For The Bubble Collection, Percontino created three fragrances: MARRAKECH, REYKJAVIK, and CHILL. MARRAKECH is a fragrance that captures the essence of the vibrant city of Marrakech in Morocco. The fragrance opens with a burst of bergamot, pink pepper, and candied ginger, which creates a spicy and citrusy scent. The mid-notes of white tea, magnolia, and ginger blossom give the fragrance a floral and earthy scent, while the base notes of musk, cedarwood, amber musk, and blonde woods provide a warm and woody aroma. The combination of these notes creates a fragrance that is both exotic and alluring.
REYKJAVIK, on the other hand, is a fragrance that captures the essence of the Icelandic city of Reykjavik. The fragrance opens with juniper, angelica seed, and frosted crowberries, which give it a fresh and crisp scent. The mid-notes of iris absolute, jasmine petals, and ambrette seed give the fragrance a floral and powdery scent, while the base notes of fresh musk, frozen moss, and amber woods provide a warm and woody aroma. The combination of these notes creates a fragrance that is both refreshing and invigorating.
CHILL is a fragrance that captures the essence of relaxation and calmness. The fragrance opens with a burst of lemon, cardamom, and eucalyptus, creating a fresh and zesty scent. The mid-notes of lotus, lavender, and linden blossom give the fragrance a floral and herbal scent, while the base notes of vanilla, amber musk, and sandalwood provide a warm and woody aroma. The combination of these notes creates a fragrance that is both calming and comforting.
All the scents in The Bubble Collection are unisex, which means they can be worn by anyone, regardless of gender. This is a departure from traditional gendered fragrances that are marketed specifically to men or women. By creating unisex fragrances, The Bubble Collection is challenging the traditional notions of gender and encouraging people to explore scents that appeal to them, regardless of societal norms.
In addition to being unisex, all the fragrances in The Bubble Collection are vegan and certified cruelty-free by PETA and Leaping Bunny. This means that no animal products were used in the creation of the fragrances, and no animals were harmed in the testing process. This is a testament to The Bubble Collection's commitment to sustainability and ethical practices.
Thanks to its partnership with MANE, The Bubble Collection's fragrances are also made using high-quality ingredients sourced from around the world. The perfumers behind the scents have used their expertise and creativity to create fragrances that are unique, complex, and captivating. Each scent tells a story and evokes a different mood or emotion, making them perfect for different occasions and seasons.
The Bubble Collection is a niche fragrance brand that has made a name for itself by creating unisex fragrances that are vegan, cruelty-free, and made using high-quality ingredients. The perfumers behind the scents, Vincent Kuczinski, Claude Dir, and Gino Percontino, have used their expertise and creativity to create fragrances that are unique, complex, and captivating. Each scent tells a story and evokes a different mood or emotion, making them perfect for different occasions and seasons.
All of The Bubble Collection fragrances are available online at thebubblecollection.com.