Miguel Matos wanted to create the smell of tender eroticism, something sensual, but romantic and comfortable at the same time. Love and lust, the warmth of the body and the classic feeling of an oldfashioned chypre. Spicy, fruity, floral, with a vintage green mossy base twisted with a little sweetness.
During the several lockdowns of the pandemic, I found myself immersed in negative thoughts and feelings. Sadness, lack of hope, boredom… There were worse and better moments, but the thing that let me get away from all this gloomy scenario was my perfume lab. Whenever I start blending perfume materials, I lose track of time, I escape to a fantasy planet, I am in my own bubble. Sometimes, even through the darkest times, I would spend countless hours in pure creative trance. And that eventually made me emerge from that somber mood I was in. Later on, while looking back at all the formulas I had made during the past year, it was surprising to see how uplifting and happier they were, comparing to most of my previous ones. My work has gotten brighter, more joyful, more sensual. From the “lockdown formulas” I selected four to release now (the other ones will also eventually see the light of day). Today I feel stronger and more positive, and I would like to convey this feeling of positiveness through these perfumes. They all have a different mood, but they share this strength and joy. I hope I can transmit this feeling of empowerment to you.
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.