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A masquerade will unite the spirit of Baroque Venice, 19th Century decadent Paris, and in New York City behind the doors of haute perfumery MiN New York. The mysterious beauty of Clarimonde will be unveiled over three nights, along with live performances, limited edition perfumes, and generous libations of elixirs by MiN New York's own Curator Mindy Yang.



October 25th, 26th, & 27th
7:30-9:30 pm
$75 per ticket
*** Attendees are requested to arrive at 7:30 pm
en-masque and costumed
Costume and mask should be inspired by an image
to be received with your password for entry &
ticket confirmation. ***

The spirit of Clarimonde is that demanding beauty within us that calls to us from an alternate sense of heightened reality, sometimes in our dreams, sometimes even in real life. Described as incandescently beautiful, Clarimonde is steeped in the immortal power of sexuality and so both natural and supernatural, immensely rich and worldly wise, yet vulnerable, sensitive and deeply empathetic. If we invite her in she may show us a more complete version of ourselves, revitalized by our emotions, desires and aspirations. These three evenings are held in honor of our secret lives, loves lost, and the beauty of five very limited edition hand-made perfumes created in the spirit of the beautiful Clarimonde. She has died many times yet continues to live among us through these perfumes and the legends.

Five perfumers have each interpreted her story in their own way, in the form of fragrances. For Monica Miller, the focus was on the mouth with fragrant lip stains, worn together with a perfume, Sangre, of juicy ripe fruit set against incense. Mandy Aftel in Oud Louban layered different ouds and frankincense, building a physical link between the sacred and profane. Maria McElroy and Alexis Karl collaborated as the House of Cherry Bomb, to express with Immortal Mine unbounded passion in warm amber laid over the darkest woods, infused with floral nectars, swooning together into sensuality. Dawn Spencer Hurwitz with Paradise Lost matched an iron/blood accord with sweet cool violet to embody a strong spirit who married physical pleasure with the supernatural.  Ayala Sender with Dreaming Parallel reached out in her sleep perfume from a warm base into the coolness of an ethereal presence with violet and herbal notes, for refreshing chill, like the presence of a spirit in the dark.


Writers are Lucy Raubertas of Indieperfumes, who organized and curated the project, Sheila Eggenberger/The Alembicated Genie, Trish Vawter/Scent Hive, Monica Miller/Perfume Pharmer, Jade Dressler  Beth Shreibman Gehring, and Deana Sidney of LostPastRemembered.


Links to more about the perfumes and story online can be found at two central locations, “Surrender to Beauty” on Indieperfumes and The Clarimonde Perfume Project. Clarimonde’s story is told by the French 19th Century decadent writer Theophile Gautier, and can be heard read aloud in the voice of Joy Chan. Clarimonde’s story continues through an intricate and extensive Pinterest site.


Lucy Raubertas is the creator and director of the Clarimonde Project.  She has been writing about indie, niche, natural and artisan perfumes since 2006 on her site Indieperfumes, and is a contributor to Tugboat Magazine on indieperfumers of the American West.  She has been a nominee for best fragrance blog by the Fragrance Foundation for the past three years, and served as a judge on their first indieperfumes award last year.  She lectured at SVA and has been cited as a fragrance blog of note by Stylist and others. With background studies in installation sculpture with Louise Bourgeois, and a deep interest and practice in decorative arts, she has become interested in the use of perfume as a material for personal expression, and perfume’s relationship to the other arts. 

She conceived of the Clarimonde Perfume Project while listening to the story walking late one night as the streets were flooded by the fragrance of blooming trees and the fog intensified their fragrance, magnifying the words of Theophile Gautier’s story to more fully express the ephemeral magic of love and uncertainty.

More on the Clarimonde Perfume Project:


Director & Co-Producer: Lucy Raubertas, Indieperfumes
Co-Producer & Host: MiN New York
Photo Credit: Ralph Lauren

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