Olfactory Nostalgia with Torryne Choate
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 Torryne Choate, artist and owner of San Francisco’s coveted floral shop, birch. Her fresh floral arrangements are minimalist in essence, but sculptural in form. But floral construction is not her only medium, the florist works with clay to craft a series of vases to complement her creations, making it a complete Torryne tour de force.
“For me, Oud is a centering fragrance—one that brings focus to my intuitive, creative process.”
– Torryne Choate
What & Where:
Artist working in floral, ceramic, and photographic mediums, owner and creator of birch, and based in San Francisco and the high desert of California.
As a florist, I spend my days immersed in the intimate aromas of fresh flowers. The scent of Oud reminds me of solitary and inspiring times exploring the woods as a child. Oud smells like home.
Perfumery as Medicine:
For me, Oud is a centering fragrance—one that brings focus to my intuitive, creative process. The sensation of being at home in my mind, body, and spirit and of being present in my personal power and integrity.
SHOP OUD-INFUSED ESSENTIALS
Night Queen serves as the allure of evening’s seductive song. Three types of the most exquisite jasmine flower oils from India play in harmony with flirtations of fresh rose petals and saffron to capture this rare Indian shrub that cobras flock to.
Patchouli Royale is deep, dark, and opulent. Culled from patchouli leaves obtained from Grasse, France, it fades into a light, amber sweetness stirred by the scent of burning oud and exotic balsams. Just think of it as a finely aged scotch.