During the beginning of Covid-imposed isolation, while they were spending time locked at home and talking to each other now and then, Elena Cvjetkovic y Miguel Matos shared the same dream – although miles apart. A dream, one of those you wake up remembering fully, feverishly, and in all detail. A dream about a powerful black panther – free in the lush wilderness, tense, its muscles moving beneath the shiny black coat, with slit-eyed, and focused allure. In our dream, the black panther had fangs of jasmine, claws of amber, and shiny and smooth feline fur. It moved with grace, blending with the night.
Panther Fangs seems soft at first, while the eyes of the beast are still dreamy, its gaze is hypnotic. The danger lies beneath its smooth and flowing movement and waves of suspense roll in the warm air surrounding you. The dense, dark, and narcotic atmosphere is laden with bitter-sweet, penetrating buchu notes, flanked by sweet, sensually purring animalic, and hidden flowery aspects. A moment when the dream unravels before your eyes, taking you over and penetrating the reality. Jasmine-scented white fangs of the dark beast shine above depths of amber with a sharp and civety character, and lingering smoky notes.
Miguel Matos has been an arts and culture journalist for the past 2 decades, and some years ago he found a way of turning an old obsession into a job: he is a scent critic and Scent Art curator.
He is one of the editors and columnists at Fragrantica.com and Fragrantica.com.br. He organizes exhibitions on art and olfaction for galleries and museums: Synesthesia Project / Per Fummum (Miguel Justino Gallery, Lisbon, 2015), Making the Body Think (Casa da Cerca Contemporary Arts Center, Almada, and Institute for Art and Olfaction, Los Angeles, 2017). He wrote the books Artistas Portugueses em Discurso Direto (Guerra e Paz ed.) and O Zodiaco Perfumado (Pergaminho ed), as well as many art shows catalogs.
He is also the creative director of a fragrance capsule collection with his name within the brand SP Parfums (Suntanglam, Lisbon Blues, Funfair and the upcoming Nowhere Fast).
He likes to talk, and he regularly hosts the series of lectures Perfume Sniffing in Lisbon as well as scented experiences with wine and scent for the Enoteca de Belém (Lisbon). Honorary member of the Perfume Bottle Association. He is a collaborator and writer for special projects at Parfums Grès.
Miguel was recently recognized on the top 5 finalists at the Fragrance Foundation Awards for Editorial Excellence in Fragrance Coverage (2017) and was also nominated for the Perfumed Plume Awards in the same year.
Miguel Matos was the winner of the best perfume in the independent category at The Art and Olfaction Awards in 2020 with the perfume Young Hearts.