Unknown Pleasures by Kerosene is a gourmand with citrus notes: it starts with a very acid lemon that turns into a sweet and sour bergamot. There’s also a thread of something slightly spicy going through this citrus phase; it may remind me of cardamom. Unknown Pleasures is definitely a gourmand, but it’s not too sweet; honey is balanced with a touch of ginger, and tonka and caramel are creamy but earthy. London Fog is a drink made from Earl Grey tea mixed with warm milk and vanilla flavor, and the feeling of a bitter, smoky black tea under milder, warmer flavors is captured very well here. Unknown Pleasures is linear after its first hour or so. It has excellent hold power on the skin.
You’re walking down a cold street in England, listening to Joy Division, sipping on a warm cup of London Fog. This fragrance opens up with the smooth sweetness of honey with Earl Grey tea, with a zing of lemon. It dries down to a cozy vanilla, soft tonka bean and waffle cone base, sure to make any gourmand lover smile.
I was born and raised in St. Clair, Michigan, about an hour north of Detroit. Where I’m from, if you didn’t work in the automobile field, you were most likely unemployed. While each factory may produce a different car part, every factory was exactly the same: Production and Numbers. To get out of that scene, I learned how to paint and wrench on motorcycles. As I worked, I loved the scent of dirt, grease, oil and sometimes blood from a busted knuckle. I’ve always been captivated by scents; gasoline, stamped steel, plastic, trees, earth, and eventually a name was forged: Kerosene.
After smelling everything I could get my snout on, I felt it was time to see if I could combine the right notes and create something special. My goal for my scents will always follow my three ingredients; raw, unique, and approachable.
With the scents, I wanted the bottle design to match. So I put my painting talents to work, and little did I know my factory production background would come in good use. Each bottle will be unique, always painted with high quality automotive paint and clear coat. The result is as if a shiny, classic metallic Ford collided with perfume, as songs by The Cure resonate out of the peaky tiny speakers from a clunky 8-track player.
Hailing from Michigan, which is frigid about seven months of the year, I am naturally attracted to warm notes. Amber, woods, and spices, they do it for me and make their way into a lot of what I do. I’m a simple person, however, my scents won’t be.