Kismet Olfactive is a New York City-based independent fragrance studio founded by bohemian-perfumer Shabnam Tavakol. Born and raised in California, Shabnam—Farsi for “morning dew”—is the daughter of Iranian-immigrant parents who escaped the violent 1979 Revolution in Iran, relocating to the U.S. by way of hard-won efforts and a string of good fortune. Recognizing this fortuitous past, Kismet—from the Persianqismat, meaning “fate,” or, “what is meant to be”—translates the serendipitous moments that make up our lives into wearable scents.
Studio Scent celebrates the mess that makes us us: used books and vintage records piled up around the room; a cup of steeped black tea next to last night’s glass of wine; dusty tchotchkes on the oaken spice shelf; mary jane; palo santo smoke hovering over a vase of wilting lavender; allure coming from the bedroom; two soft figs in a bowl of oranges.
Top: Bergamot Heart: Turkish Fig, Persian Black Tea, Lavender Base: Amberwood, Oakmoss, Palo Santo