Hi from Houston! Yesterday, I was out doing some browsing with my grandmother and we decided to stop in to Kuhl-Linscomb. I had read about this home decor store before, but had no idea what I was in for — multiple buildings full of everything from linens, to furniture, to garden decor, dinnerware, everything. They even have a huge apothecary that carries every imaginable brand of candle and luxury or up-and-coming beauty brand. New Yorkers, it reminds me a lot of ABC Carpet & Home, actually. Long story short, you could spend hours browsing there.
I wandered into an area that housed tall shelves filled with all these perfume bottles, and of course, had to check ‘em out. I wasn’t familiar with the vast majority of the brands Kuhl-Linscomb was carrying — many were all from very small manufacturers, so it was perfume discovery (and packaging) heaven. I snapped a few pics of some, wanting to come home and do a little investigating about the brands. With AGONIST Parfums, I hit the jackpot for super cool, adding-to-my-list type companies.
AGONIST is a Swedish based perfume brand that launched in 2008. You can find bottles of their perfumes from the ‘Spray’ line at a few department stores (FYI, Neiman Marcus sells them), and their packaging is minimal, modern, and sleek (I fell in love!). What’s really cool about AGONIST though is their Sculpture line — the company creates individually handblown glass containers for their perfumes, each an expression of the fragrance itself and meant to enhance how you smell it. Since the pieces are all essentially unique, individual pieces of art, the Sculpture line is very pricey, but I thought the concept was really cool and it was interesting to see the fragrances interpreted as glass pieces.
My favorites from my limited sniffing were Solaris (lightly citrusy, it definitely reminded you of the sun) and Liquid Crystal, which was…well, it’s really hard to explain what exactly it smelled like. I think this is why AGONIST is such a perfect name for the company: you smell these fragrances, think of something and feel something, but can’t quite put your finger on what it is (although you know you like it). It truly does engage you in a bit of a struggle — though one of the most delightful kind. If you ever spot these in a store, I highly recommend you give ‘em a sniff!