The Art of Good Scents
  • Aien Mokhtar


Imagine standing by a floor-to-ceiling window of a luxurious pent house over-looking the sea - watching the sun setting in the horizon, the water surface gleamed and gently lulled the yachts parked on the docks, like a mother cradling her baby to sleep, LUXE is a floral-oriental interpretation of tranquility in a breath of luxury; in a marine-floral composition of verbena, muguet, hyacinth, blue chamomile, angelica, ambergris and marine note.

The scent was inspired by the ultra-luxurious property by the sea on St. Kilda Road in Melbourne, called Mayfair; designed by the world-renowned architect, Madam Zaha Hadid. I had the privilege to be the appointed perfumer to design a bespoke scent for the property which was used to scent their sales galleries in Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Hong Kong prior to the grand launch. The bespoke scent was then translated into an eau de parfum and was given to 200 of the VIP guests attending the grand launch in September 2017.

The ingredients were thoughtfully chosen to represent a lifestyle of comfort and appreciation of the finer things in life and the ultra-modern and chic city, Melbourne.

The scent opened with notes of uplifting verbena and aquatic note to represent the sea. The heart notes represented the botanical species that can be found at the Victoria's Royal Botanical Garden and flowers that evoke a sense of peace and well-being for the body and mind.

Here, we feature two of the flowers used in LUXE - Blue Chamomile and Angelica.


Blue chamomile also known as German chamomile, has a deep blue hue results from the natural azulene released during distillation. This middle note oil has a heavily, sweet aroma with fresh and herbaceous undertones.

There are actually several varieties of Chamomile growing around the world today. The two most sought-after for their medicinal benefits are German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis).

In many ways both varieties are very similar, and in some ways they are very different. These differences become important when we are treating conditions of the body, emotions and mind.

Medicinally, both varieties are used for calming and soothing skin, inflammation, fevers, and the nervous and digestive systems, as well as inducing perspiration to flush out toxins, allergens and infections. Both are pain relieving, antibiotic, anti-bacterial, and sedative. It’s in their chemical properties that we begin to see where they differ.


  • Contains chamazulene, giving the oil its deep blue color, and anti-inflammatory and infection fighting properties.

  • Maintains normal skin; calms dry, irritated or flaky skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis; promotes healing and regeneration of damaged skin tissue.

  • Stimulates liver, kidneys and gall bladder to im