If you’ve ever wandered into one of Wendy Nichol’s downtown Manhattan boutiques (she has one on Mott Street in Nolita and another, which also serves as her studio, on Thompson Street), you’ve been captivated by their distinctly alluring scent. The fashion designer, jeweler (minimalist chokers and subtle stones are her specialty) and leather master saw that customers were noticing.
“Everybody says, ‘Wow, it smells like such expensive leather in here!’ But we always use natural oils in the studio and diffuse them while we’re working,” says Nichol.
Enter her first perfume, Potion No. 1. The result is a scent worthy of the designer’s witchy, gothic-inspired yet modern creations, featuring lavender, eucalyptus, sandalwood, citrus oils and, yes, leather.
“[There are] also notes of the smell of New York, which is a tiny bit of coffee and marijuana,” Nichol adds.
It may not be legal (yet) in New York, but that doesn’t mean much of the city doesn’t waft of the plant. With cannabis in mind, it’s only natural that Potion No. 1 blurs the lines between sexy perfume and beneficial aromatherapy. The highly-concentrated formula has the potential to lower your blood pressure, purify the air, boost antioxidants and clear your sinuses. Wellness, witchery and weed! What more could you want in a perfume?