a journey of the senses by FLACONNEUR
Seth Kornegay, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the proprietor of Seth Kornegay Maison de Parfum New York, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Kornegay’s natural fascination with fragrances led him to create something more sophisticated and of higher quality than the synthetic, humdrum products he experienced in the general marketplace. He studied for several years with organic chemist Helen Feygin and worked diligently to create his own collection of seven niche perfumes. Feygin founded Intuiscent, an independent company specializing in fragrances and fragranced product development. In July 2013, Kornegay announced the introduction of his most popular fragrances for men and women making them available to the public.
Kornegay’s luxury brand creates fine fragrances, using the highest quality ingredients from around the world. These perfumes are of high concentrations and range from 29-34% fragrance. “For every natural substance, you can buy a synthetic cousin,” Kornegay says. “But instead of buying a synthetic cousin, we use the all-natural ingredient. So when you use our fragrances, you don’t have to use nearly as much, because our perfumes are made with the real thing.”
His products will not be found in your local department store, since their production is very limited, ultimately to control quality and to maintain a niche status. The company’s client base is the high-end niche consumers that enjoy the finest in perfume. Each of the creations is produced in small quantities with no more than 7500 units of any one perfume for sale globally.
Each of Kornegay’s fragrances are available in two concentrations and two formats. The Eau de Parfum 50ml bottle for $365, the Eau de Toilette 50ml spray for $135 and the 15ml Eau de Toilette rollerball for $45. The rollerball version is a great and convenient way to make traveling with your favorite fragrance incredibly easy. Kornegay’s seven fragrances are outlined below, described most accurately and eloquently with his company’s own narrative.
ORLA – ♀
Notes: Williams pear, African violet, Rose, Tuberose
“Orla was created to honor our First Lady – a true fashion icon of our time. This fashionable yet classic fragrance embodies the elegant, refined simplicity of our First Lady’s effortless style. It features Dazzling Rose garden interspersed with notes of Tuberose and African Violets sprinkled with Pear Williams Eau de Vie.”
HOMME FORTE – ♂
Top Notes: Citric notes, Floral notes
Heart Notes: Herbs, Artemisia, Spices, Tree bark
Base Notes: White amber, Himalaya musk
“For the self-assured strong man whose presence ushers quiet whispers. Homme Forte was created to complete his dominant sense of self. It features Alpine whiffs and Amber notes accentuated with exotic Northern herbs, sophisticated woody notes of Armoise, sensual spiciness and Himalayan Musk.”
PETRA – ♂♀
Notes: Islay Single Malt Scotch, Lavender, Dark woods, Blond woods, Herbs, Precious barks, Amber
“This unisex fragrance represents the height of luxury and refinement. Truly one of the rarest and most unique fragrances we have ever created – it uniquely includes Islay single-malt Scotch whiskey. Petra expands the boundaries of traditional fragrance ingredients – tumbling over into the epicurean world. It features Sensual Amber notes melded with Alpine Freshness and the unique combination of white and dark woody notes exquisitely combined with exotic, wild Northern herbs and rare barks with high-class Islay single-malt Scotch whiskey.”
FEMME SOPHISTIQUÉ – ♀
Notes: Bulgarian rose, Parma violet, Tuberose
“A fragrance as complex and chic as the woman who wears it. Warm floralcy at its very best. It features sophisticated Bulgarian Rose showered in exquisite Violet flowers of Parma embraced by the classic, feminine Tuberose flowering together in an enticing medley of cascading waterfall of scent.”
TRÉS BELLE FEMME – ♀
Notes: Amber, Sandalwood, Basil, Lavender, Coriander, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang
“A beautiful fragrance for sophisticated beautiful women. It features a resplendent contrapuntal symphony juxtaposing warm, rich Amber notes against Alpine ethereal freshness with whiffs of Basil, Lavender and Coriander supported by Airy Sweetness and Floralcy of Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and rich Sensual Sandalwood.”
ESSENCE D’UN HOMME – ♂
Top Notes: Citric notes
Heart Notes: African violet, Narcissus, Herbs, Indian grasses, Vetiver
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber
“This exotic fragrance captures the sensual essence of a man. It features Freshness of African Violets juxtaposed with dark rich woods of Sandalwood and earthy Vetiver with exotic Floralcy of Jonquille, sensual Amber notes and wild Northern herbs and savage grasses from the hinterlands of India.”
UNDENIED – ♀
Notes: Amber, Citric notes, Herbs, Spices, Tree bark
“Mr. Kornegay chose this fragrance to celebrate cancer awareness because of its character, enduring strength and upbeat freshness – all remarkable qualities associated with the brave people who fight daily against cancer. It features White Amber and Alpine freshness accentuated with Italian Citrus notes which are highlighted with exotic, wild Northern herbs, rare barks, and feral spices out of Kipling’s adventurous tales from days of yore. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will go to various cancer awareness organizations.”
Kornegay’s perfume Orla was inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama. Kornegay set out to create a bespoke fragrance, an accurate reflection and personal portrait for Mrs. Obama. First he learned about the person herself, then determined her favorite notes and developed a feminine signature fragrance to best fit her. You don’t have to be the First Lady to get this treatment from Seth Kornegay, he provides bespoke services using the same standards as with any of the Maison de Parfum creations. Each hand-designed fragrance is guaranteed to satisfy, presenting a fragrance as unique as the person wearing it. For more information about Kornegay’s bespoke services, please contact them through their website.
For a higher level of exclusivity, how about something from Kornegay’s Red Carpet Collection. No matter what the special event in your life might be, you’re certain to find one of Kornegay’s one-of-a-kind numbered creations to fit the occasion. These are luxury fragrances, presented in small quantities, embodying the brand. This collection rotates and once a fragrance is purchased, it is registered to its owner. This ensures that you are the only person in the world to have it. This service is provided by consultation only. Again, please refer to the company’s website for more details.
The creation of Undenied was a more personal adventure for Kornegay, reflecting on the effects of breast cancer had on his grandmother. “Watching my grandmother battle breast cancer daily left an indelible mark on my soul that led me to create Undenied in order to honor, and hopefully help, all those affected by this disease. Our luxury perfume house has been blessed with success and we are pleased we are in a position to give back and assist organizations who in some way help those with breast cancer on a daily basis.” Kornegay will be donating twenty-five percent of the proceeds from the sale of Undenied to various breast cancer awareness organizations.
There have been many endeavors in the world of niche perfumery. Seth Kornegay has joined a growing list of talented men and women, with their efforts providing inspiration for generations of perfumers to come.
Please visit Seth Kornegay Maison de Pafum for more details.