THE LANGHAM HOTEL
SCENT PORTRAIT | CITY SCAPES 5TH AVENUE,
NEW YORK CITY
ART BY GAGNON PATELLA GROSS
in collaboration with
Bio Alchemy Olfactive
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"Scent Portrait offers a stimulating sensorial view and unique
scent immersion into the dynamic personality of New York City,
capturing the energy, vibrancy and style of the newly refreshed
lobby of The Langham Hotel.
Each botanical ingredient used in Bio Alchemy Olfactive creations comes from personally selected farmers, distillers, and agricultural communities around the world with an eye towards sustainability. The individual flowers, fruits, woods and resins that will make up The Langham’s proprietary formula are carefully sourced to the highest standards of mindful cultivation by our nose, Michelle K. Gagnon.
Scent Portrait highlights the stimulating environment of Manhattan and the chic environment and revived style of the Langham Hotel. Our Scent Portrait is made of sourced bio cork from Portugal, charred, treated, cut and shaped into intricate geometric patterns that take their inspiration from the great modern art traditions of Mondrian and Leger, each of whom used the city as a departure point for explorations in form, geometry and color theory.
Our scent work is curated to highlight and support the timeless elegance of B&B Italia’s reimagined lobby and guest experience. Rich and elegant floral notes from Egypt (geranium) and Madagascar (ylang ylang) mingle with smooth creamy Sri Lankan wood undertones (grounding elements for a buzzing city) perfectly balanced by the brightness of lemongrass.
These premium ingredients speak to the luxurious mediums used in the carefully selected furnishings of the lobby.
The mix is cosmopolitan and vivacious, resonating with the well traveled guests at The Langham Hotel."
Cork tree, American Cedarwood, Madagascar Ylang-Ylang flower, Egyptian Geranium, Amazonian Rosewood, Sri Lankan Palmarosa Grass and an organic plant-based Varnish.
Cedarwood anchors our olfactory composition whose camphoraceous aroma suggests a fine heirloom chest, cigar boxes and the freshness of pencil shavings. Cedar harmonizes with the rich complexities of Rosewood, citrus elements and Petitgrain which merges with Geranium, Lemongrass, and Bergamot. Spicy – peppery – the flowery depth of Ylang-Ylang recalls Citrus, Banana, Jasmine and even a tangy rich custard that feels like new tires. The natural rubber connects with the deep plant Varnish, which holds the cork together.
As part of our mission to foster reverence for Earth’s multifaceted offerings, we are committed to practicing ecological and humanitarian responsibility in everything that we do. When sourcing products and botanicals around the world, we prioritize ethical fair trade and equitable exchange with the indigenous communities who create and steward these natural treasures.
Sustainably sourced Bio-Cork bark is harvested in the Alentejo region of Portugal from industrial use remnants. The cork is charred, compressed, varnished, and imbued with a variety of botanical essences and aromatic oils. The result is deeply soothing and stimulating to the senses.