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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sabi by Henry Dunay c1998

Sabi by Henry Dunay: launched in 1998. Henry collaborated on the alchemy of a Sabi scent with his younger brother, Richard "The Nose" Loniewski. "We tested many different blends over a period of years to find the one that was as elegant as my jewelry," says Henry.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is a classified as a floral woody musk fragrance for women. Composed of over 250 individual ingredients, mostly natural.
  • Top notes: Indian mandarin, clove, carnation, angelica, Tunisian orange blossom absolute and bergamot
  • Middle notes: wild orchid, lily, rose, ylang ylang, hyacinth absolute, jonquil absolute, yellow narcissus, French narcissus, French jasmine absolute, violet leaf and tuberose
  • Base notes: vanilla, oakmoss, East Indian sandalwood, Haitian vetiver, tonka bean and musk


Dunay designed a beautiful bottle of perfume with a price tag of $225 per ounce. "It was important to me that they looked good on the dressing table and felt good in your hand." The Sabi body lotion and shower creme came in large stock plastic bottles. "The lotion goes in the bathroom so you can't do it in glass because it might break," explains Henry. "But I did create the gold cap with facets."  The bottles came in black boxes with gold trim and lettering, which Henry also designed. 

Also in 1998, a connoisseur's edition was released, consisting of the fragrance in a double bottle topped with an 18k gold and pave diamond cap. For a limited edition of only 100 examples, Henry made Sabi the most expensive fragrance in the world. He went over the top of the columnar bottles with a gold and diamond-encrusted convertible cap. The lavish top could be screwed into a pendant attachment and worn as a piece of jewelry. The actual perfume was housed in a removable, refillable one-ounce bottle nestled in an outer glass decanter. The cap comes with a pendant attachment and braided silk cord to create the necklace. Only 100 of the limited-edition bottle-cum-jewel were produced; signed, numbered, and presented in a black lacquer box lined with 24k gold leaf. The exceptional presentation retailed for $30,000.

 A Diamond and Gold Pendant Necklace, by Henry Dunay, designed as a scent bottle, in 18k fluted and textured gold, enhanced by a panel of pavé-set diamonds, opening to reveal a compartment, suspended from a black silk cord, 32½ ins. Signed Dunay for Henry Dunay. The pendant was originally a cap to a limited edition series of perfume bottles. Each of the one hundred bottles was set with a gold and diamond cap, which doubled as an unusual pendant necklace.

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