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 Persian qismat, meaning “fate,” or, “what is meant to be”—translates the serendipitous moments that make up our lives into wearable scents.
The Poet Soft-spoken, coolly composed, and worldly wise. The Poet fuses floral Casablanca lily with eastern wood and resin notes including Moroccan Atlas cedar, Omani frankincense, and Indian sandalwood. A sophisticated floriental fragrance, The Poet is rounded out with sensual leather and ambrette musk, warm patchouli, grapefruit, and hints of sweet tonka bean.