At In Fiore, we believe the skin is a sense organ and scent initiates healing. Olfactory Nostalgia is a look at medicinal triggers, scented memories, and the feelings that ensue when taking in a distinct ingredient.
Meet Joomee Song, the Los Angeles and New York City-based esthetician (Lady Gaga is a loyal client) and consultant with hands that deliver magical results. What does that mean exactly? Joomee is best known for her signature Kaika Facial Massage, which combines an ancient form of Japanese deep facial massage to lift, tone, and detoxify the skin, a chiropractic Shiatsu technique that realigns facial structure. Basically, you leave her atelier looking refreshed, sculpted, and glowing.
“That’s what life is all about, having those tiny moments that you can look back on and the scents we remember connected to those moments.”
– Joomee Song
What & Where:
Los Angeles and New York City-based esthetician and consultant.
The smell of Hinoki Cedar was something I was surrounded by my entire childhood growing up in Japan and still is when I go back. The scent lingers in Onsen, bathtubs, shrines, and old houses.
One of the sweetest memories I can recall with Hinoki is the bathtub that my grandparents had in their house in Kyoto. I remember that they had a relatively big house in Kyoto for that time and it was built with Hinoki, like many of the homes back then. They had a bathtub made with Hinoki in their house too. The particular fragrance that Hinoki releases when the tub is full of hot water is something that no words can describe; healing, calming, gentle, and very nurturing. It makes me smile just remembering all three of us siblings in the bath playing and washing our bodies outside and coming back to the tub to play some more—being protected and hugged by this Hinoki bathtub and its fragrance. The sweet nostalgia of the tub meeting the hot water makes me wish I could jump into that bathtub right now.
Perfumery as Medicine:
Perfume is the best medicine to heal and to repair our souls. It can bring you back to the good times and not so good times in your life. Most of our memories are connected to certain scents. Perfume can trigger you to the happiest or saddest moments in your life. That’s what life is all about, having those tiny moments that you can look back on and the scents we remember connected to those moments. They will always stay with you. So, consciously choose a certain scent that cheers you up or makes you smile or calms you to suit the mood you seek. The same goes for when you are choosing oils for your bedtime or waking up in the morning. Let the fragrance signal your brain to lure you into a good night’s sleep or a happy morning.
SHOP HINOKI CEDAR-INFUSED ESSENTIALS
BOIS DE ROSE
Baume Pour Le Corps