Nine vials of various studio-made tinctures.

As an indie perfumer, I enjoy making unique fragrances from natural materials. High-quality essential oils and fresh resins really help a perfume sing.

Hypernatural perfumes aren’t necessarily better, but they are different than much of what’s produced today, different like many early vintage fragrances.

And like early perfumers, I make many studio tinctures using traditional methods found in historical perfume handbooks. These tinctures add a special, vivid quality that you don’t always experience from contemporary synthetic chemicals.

Handcrafting original perfumes using classical techniques in an experimental style is just one of the things that makes me a #PerfumeNerd.

Purchase a Perfume Sample Discovery Pack today and experience fragrances containing these unique studio tinctures.

¶ 2018·09·02
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Three New Perfumes & Sample Packs Now Available

Very excited to celebrate the launch of three new perfumes. Hop on over to the shop, check them out, and pick up a sample pack!

Three New Perfumes by Chris Rusak

¶ 2018·05·23
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Studio Series 1.5

Studio Series 1 has sold out, but I’ve put a similar intermediary set in the shop, Studio Series 1.5, before subscriptions ship this March.

Studio Series 1.5

This set contains iterations from the incense and lily projects, as well as a fifth experimental vial, which offers an olfactive puzzle to unfurl. Artfully packed, handmade goodness.

¶ 2018·02·05
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Studio Series Subscriptions now available.

In the shop, subscriptions for future Studio Series perfume sets are now available.

Studio Series 2 will ship on March 12, and will be followed by new sets in June and September.

New Sprayer

Studio Series sets contain 5 to 10 samples of perfumes in various stages of completion, allowing you to experience the compositional process in which the perfumer works.

¶ 2018·01·22
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Between the visual and the olfactive.

When I first started ripping out pages from motel-room Gideon’s Bibles and old copies of Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams to make abstract collage, before making the first tear I would smell each book. Each whiff revealed a different identity, a different past.

Mit. Collage on canvas board on masonite, artist's frame. Chris Rusak, 2011.
Collage on canvas board on masonite, artist’s frame.

When I recall my beginning awareness of a scented world, I think of the particular stale beer breath of my father’s late-night arrivals home, a moment which evoked a certain kind of recoil in a little boy who wouldn’t fully understand that repulsive odor of addiction until many years later when it rolled off his own breath and unsettlingly slithered back into his own nostrils.

That decades later I would first huff the identities of books before I would start destroying them for the construction of art, now, in hindsight, makes sense.

When I think of approaching perfumery as art, I invariably think of a formative experience I had in my youth — the moment when I realized I must make things — seeing for the first time John Baldessari’s Solving Each Problem as it Arises (1966-68), part of his National City series of paintings.

Click to read more of “Between the visual and the olfactive.”

¶ 2018·01·17