Nomenclature at Indigo Perfumery

Nomenclature at Indigo Perfumery

noun \ noh-men-kluh-cher
From the Latin nomenclatura (“calling by name, assigning of names”), from nomen (“name”) + calare (“call”) \ the act of naming
\ the system, set of terms or symbols used in a particular science, discipline, or art

You may not know their names, but you’ve smelled them.
In fact, you probably smell of them right now. Without them, your fragrance simply wouldn’t exist.

Whether they imitate nature, tease out its innermost secrets or veer off into botanically impossible smells, synthetics are the true building blocks of perfumery. Elegant solutions discovered by scientists, wafting from labs onto skin and into your nose.

Nomenclature celebrates design in perfume chemistry by showcasing today’s most inspiring, exclusive molecules—so exclusive that some, known as “captives,” are zealously guarded by fragrance companies. Through a series of sheer and streamlined compositions, Nomenclature explores their complex facets and their potential for protagonism. Demonstrating that these man-made hybrids of poetry and science have a beauty all their own. The beauty of modernity.


Nomenclature was conceived in New York by Karl Bradl and Carlos Quintero. The perfumers are Patricia Choux and Frank Voelkl.

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