• Interview

    Nicole Mather – exclusive interview

    ELYSEE: Hey Nicole! It’s a pleasure to interview you again for Elysee Magazine. We would like to focus a bit more on the cosmetic side of House of Sillage. Can you give us a little insight on how the lipstick collection came to be? NICOLE MATHER: I worked on this project for 3.5 years as it took that long to find a partner who not only can make the beautiful shape of the bow but also to be able to work with enamel with its complex curves. Then with the beautiful Swarovski stones, it is a beautiful piece of jewelry and a work of art.  As a final product, it…

  • Interview

    Linda Jayne – exclusive interview

    My love for all things aesthetically pleasing, my desire for perfection, all come together into Ormonde Jayne. ELYSEE: Thank you for agreeing to this interview! This is your second interview for Elysee Magazine and I think it would be a great chance for our new customers and readers to learn more about Ormonde Jayne! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? LINDA JAYNE: It’s a great pleasure and a fantastic opportunity to talk about Ormonde Jayne for your readers, thank you! My background and philosophy are about craftsmanship, creating and making aesthetically pleasing products. As a young child, I spent many weekends gardening, making chocolates, room sprays, and…

  • Dream Holiday

    Dream Holiday – Thailand

    Thailand is a kingdom of wonder, filled with spectacular natural, cultural, and historical attractions. Located in Southeast Asia, Thailand covers a total area of approximately 513,000 square kilometers (198,000 square miles) and is the 50th largest country in the world and the 12th largest in Asia! The north of the country borders Myanmar and Laos. The northernmost point is Amphoe Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Province, with tourist attractions like Mae Sai Market, Golden Triangle, Wat Phra That Doi Wao, and Wat Thampla (locally known as Money Temple). The south of the country is next to Malaysia and the Gulf of Thailand. The southernmost point is Amphoe Betong, Yala Province, which…

  • Star Ingredient

    Orris – Star Ingredient

    The world’s rarest perfume ingredient Ancient Greeks and Romans bottled it as essential oil. Innkeepers scented their linens with it centuries ago. Today, orris can be found throughout the world: as a flavour in tinctures, medicinal syrups and spice mixes; as a base note for aromatic spirits and cosmetics; as an iconic fragrance in perfumes and potpourris. And it can cost more than gold. Shades of raspberry, violet and pepper make up this rare scent, which is distilled from the root of the iris – not the slender ‘Siberian’ iris typically found in florist shops, but the ‘bearded’ iris, the type famously painted by Vincent van Gogh. These flowers grow…

  • Brand Story,  Edward Bess

    Edward Bess – brand story

    Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Edward Bess would discover his muse early on. The allure of beauty inspired his aesthetic affinities for as early as he can remember, an auspicious glimpse into his future craft. Even as a young boy, Edward’s mother and three sisters sought his perspective on what he deemed to look best, long before he would go on to share his beauty vision with the world. At age 15 on a trip to New York City, Edward auditioned for the professional performing arts school to study theater. Edward’s acceptance into the famed Manhattan theater school exposed him to cultural inspirations at every turn. As Edward continued his…

  • Brand Story,  Ormonde Jayne

    Ormonde Jayne – brand story

    “In creating Ormonde Jayne, my goal was to combine elements which I consider define true elegance: The quality of English craftsmanship, the art of French perfumery and the sensuality and natural harmony of the Orient” – Linda Jayne The Laboratory Upholding the values of a perfectionist, Ormonde Jayne manufactures all of our products in their own London laboratory. Their in-house trained staff share the same vision and every new batch of scented products is carefully inspected before being sent out around the world. Philosophy Ormonde Jayne’s philosophy has always been to return to the glorious “golden age” of perfumery, an elegant era when fragrance creation was a fine art, when…

  • Interview

    Edward Bess – exclusive interview

    My passion for beauty goes back as far as I can remember so it is very fitting that I can continue my pursuit of creating beauty. ELYSEE: Hello Edward! Thank you for agreeing to do this interview with us! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? EDWARD BESS: My passion for beauty goes back as far as I can remember so it is very fitting that I continue my pursuit of creating beauty. I grew up in South Carolina in the United States and ended up moving to NYC to study theater and where I also began modeling when I was 15 years old. Even with these exciting…

  • Interview

    Nicole Mather – Interview

    Could you briefly walk us through your story? I was born in Romania and came to the US when I was 3 years old. As I grew up, my parents instilled in me to do something with my life as we lived in a land of opportunity and not take it for granted. It remained in my head for the rest of my life and still, I think about it every day. After graduating from College with a BS in Business, I worked in Finance for many years trading equities and in sales. As the firms I worked for took companies in their initial public offering or secondary offering otherwise…

  • Perfumed History

    Cosmetics & Perfumery in antiquity

    We see beauty as an objective when, in fact, it is all around us. We give it clear definitions, we associate measures and trends when, in fact, the only meaning that we should accept is the one expressed by our own vision. This is because, in the end, beauty is relative and subjective. However, in order for us to better understand it, we need to look back at how the cosmetic industry evolved. As the first beauty treatments date back to times immemorial, let us take a short trip down memory lane, and be amazed by the most noteworthy discoveries. Allow us to be your guide in this imaginary journey,…

  • Interview

    Annie Buzantian

    “In fact, I didn’t find perfumery, perfumery found me.” One of my earliest memories from my childhood in Constanta is the smell of the Black Sea. We lived right by the beach. I remember waking up in the morning and going to the beach before anyone else was there… I could smell the water as it calmly washed over the shore. I loved the smell of the sea! We left Romania when I was twenty years old. Coming to a new country and starting a new life was an exciting experience, full of new possibilities. Within the very first days after my arrival in New York, I started working as…