Scents of Vilnius
Odores Vilnensis — like a fragile memory, inspiring quote, and some fragrant wishes from Vilnius.
Odores Vilnensis — unique, authored compositions of perfumes – born from authentic material of sensed and scented smells of Vilnius both old and new, collected during olfactory sense training expeditions. This material of senses, memories and impressions was professionally transformed at Kvapu Namai lab, where it was shaped to become the unique fragrant creations of Odor Vilnae Vetus and Odor Vilnae Novus. These exclusive perfume essences are produced from fully natural vegetable fragrant materials.
Creator and author of Odores Vilnensis, Laime Kiskune.
Scents evoke so many sweet memories.
To smell – for the minutes of meditation and reminiscence.
To wear – a few drops on your wrists.
To scent living spaces and items.
To scent real paper letters to friends, business cards, and books.
To scent wallets, gloves, and handkerchiefs.
Suitable for any other fragrant idea.
Odor Vilnae Vetus – Scent of Old Vilnius – born from olfactory walks in historic Vilnius. Sweet, bitter, even acrid, and gentle smells of old wood, varnish, dust, walls and incense of the gothic Bernardinai Church are entangled with the scent of sweet earthly myrrh censed at the Orthodox Church of Holy Spirit, that lucid, almost transcendental fragrance of frankincense, lilies, pink and burning candles, together giving birth to the so-called “orthodox scent.”
Under this golden patina of dust of holiness of Vilnius lays the foundation of Odores Vilnensis – the “wild” scent of the banks of River Vilnele, woven after some sunny morning walks in Vilnius from aroma of Autumn-remembering, withering igneous marigold and bitter sweet fragrance of petunias, hanging from the balconies of the old town.
Another gale of scents is from the masonry of historic Vilnius undergrounds, their wet and sweet smell of clay, and scent from manuscript repository of Vilnius University, that of their folios and incunabula.
The scent of old Vilnius is framed by Snipiskes - in that old “borough” of wooden houses one may be greeted by the scents of ripening apples, burning leaves, timber walls in moss, and cobble streets - all from that other Vilnius, which used to carry such a variety of scents...
Odor Vilnae Novus — Scent of New Vilnius – woven from the olfactory explorations of new Vilnius – bitterish, slightly excitant smells of asphalt, dust, cars, concrete, paint and laminates entangled with the scents of city parterres, greenery of alleys of trimmed trees, perfume shops, beauty salons, coffee shops, graffiti and the endless variety of scents people wear.
The nets of Odor Vilnae Novus have also caught some smoke, tobacco and metal: on the right bank of River Neris – smell of glass and metal from the skyscrapers. A stop by the White Bridge, a place of meet for young people, brought a whiff of fresh aroma of silt, fresh mushrooms and a bitter scent of wet soil, grabbing along the way some clear elements of perfume and espresso.
Some hot air balloons getting ready for a flight on the lawn and burning gas amplified these dominating urban scents. The smell of fire soughed by in a split second as something new and dashing, as well as volatile and fragile, abstract and yet thrilling, forcing to dream with trepidation and...breath-in the future yet unknown.