Here in the Big Apple, there are two kinds of city dwellers. There are the ones who have a clear love affair with the city, and will profess their undying dedication at every opportunity. And, then there are the ones who have a tentative, turbulent, love/hate relationship with New York and constantly talk about leaving, but ultimately do not have the will power or true desire to leave the relationship.
It's the latter one that seems to be the same one who thinks of the holiday mobs on 5th Avenue as being the perfect reason to escape, maybe to the other coast.
Perfumer Yosh Han, has mastered the balance, flitting between New York, and her main base in San Fransisco (among other exotic locales), and having the perfect fragrance to suit each persona that she wears as she carries on through life.
Han calls olfaction her chosen artistic medium, tapping into the ability of fragrance to affect mood and memory, and mold an experience. It sounds like a new age quest, but it's really just taking a natural, reflex sensory response and sculpting it. If the sugary smell of roasting chestnuts automatically transports someone to the edge of a snowy Central Park, or if the scent of pine invokes the memory of ice skating in Rockerfeller Center, why not take it to the next level? Why not use that ability to transform someone in the present?
Yosh shared with Examiner her dearest holiday memories and traditions and also revealed which one of her signature scents gets her in the mood for holiday festivities.
EXAMINER: What are the holidays like in your household?
YOSH: I usually celebrate Thanksgiving– but... it’s also my mother’s birthday-- so, we wake up one day, and it’s Thanksgiving. We wake up the next day and it’s Mom’s b-day. And then the next day, we celebrate Christmas. But sometimes, depending on the day of the week, we mix it up. I celebrate all of them (Christmas, birthday and Thanksgiving) with my brothers and their kids. It’s terrific lunacy! The kids think it’s hilarious and we just roll with the punches.
EXAMINER: What is your favorite holiday memory?
YOSH: I helped my best friend raise her daughter whose birthday is Christmas eve. When she turned 2, we hired a bunch of actors to be the teletubbies for her party. We were living in Holland at the time and we made some egg nog with way too much rum. The Dutch don’t know what egg nog is so you can imagine how funny it was to be hammered on egg nog with a bunch of teletubbies and toddlers crawling around!
EXAMINER: What is your pick this year for a fail proof holiday beauty gift for your favorite gals? What is your pick for the fellows?
YOSH: For the gals, it’s a no brainer, but nail polish is the way to go for stocking stuffers. Also, they’re getting one of my California Aromascapes perfume that I created for Anthropologie. For men, they’re all getting my new men’s fragrance called König. It means King in German so everyone’s getting the royal treatment!
EXAMINER: It is the annual office holiday bash--what fragrance do you wear?
YOSH: My go to is Ginger Ciao of my own creations because whenever I wear it, I feel much more social. She’s a warm, tropical fragrance – makes me feel like I’m on vacation and less inhibited.
EXAMINER: You have one of those tiny sparkly cocktail purses and you are going to the party of the year, what goes into it?
YOSH: Red lipstick, vitamin b, iPhone, Benjamins and a credit card.
EXAMINER: Glitter, yes or no?
YOSH: YES! I love Glitter.
EXAMINER: Do you believe in Santa?
YOSH: I don’t know about Santa. He’s disappointed me the last few years and plus, he seems to get around yet neglects me!
EXAMINER: Any final words of wisdom for how to look great and feel great all the way through this holiday season?
YOSH: Sleep, hydrate, hot yoga and hotter sex!
In the spirit of holiday giving, Yosh is partnering with Examiner Alice An to offer a giveaway. Swing by Made (Up) in NY to enter for a chance to win a fragrance from Yosh's California Aromascapes for Antropologie! Stay tuned, a new giveaway will be posted every day leading up to December 25th.