Exclusive Interview: Reem Acra and I Talk Fragrance Addiction Backstage

When I was invited backstage to the Reem Acra show this season it wasn't to cover the beauty look.  Instead, it was to speak with Ms. Acra prior to the show about her first fragrance launching this October called Reem Acra Eau de Parfum.  Yes!  This I'll cover!  Something fresh!  Excited, I headed backstage and had a one-on-one chat before the scene got hectic with the designer about why her new fragrance gives power to women. "It's about giving power to woman," Ms. Acra remarks.  "This scent creates a sense of addiction."

With the essence of the fragrance being amber, notes of orange blossom, pear, and bergamot open it, followed by ginger and florals such as jasmine, lily of the valley and peony.  It's dried down by amber, patchouli and musk.

"This is not just a fragrance," she states.  "It's part of my lifestyle, because I grew up collecting amber and regularly drink orange blossom so it's very true to who I am."

Ms. Acra went on to explain that as a child in Lebanon she and her father would dig and pick amber from the ground, which is now part of a collection is at the Museum of Natural History in NYC.

Since I'm super picky about my fragrances and normally don't share what I'm wearing, I asked Ms. Acra how she felt about keeping fragrance a secret.  Her response, "I usually tell people what I wear.  By sharing, we're empowering women.  It's a powerful secret to pass on from women to women and the more powerful women we have around us the more power we'll have in the world."

*Reem Acra Eau de Parfum will be available exclusively at Saks in October.