• 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…

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    CHRISTIAN PROVENZANO, the brilliant nose on guitar accords

    Christian Provenzano is a globally renowned and recognized perfumer; but simply, he is a devoted Master of his craft. For Christian, a life in fragrance has been a continuing journey of discovery and inspiration, of creativity and revelation. This has been demonstrated by the astonishing and outstanding success he has experienced in the last forty years working for the most decadent and renown global brands; the ‘best kept’ secret behind their global and award winning fragrances. Christian’s journey began as a child. Born and raised in Morocco from Italian parents Christian experienced first hand an exciting and alluring environment, an intoxicating assault on the senses. It was the richness of…

  • Spotlight,  Star Ingredient

    JASMINE ABSOLUTE from Egypt

    Egyptian Jasmine is renowned for its exquisite bouquet, reinforcing Jasmine’s solid reputation as the King of Flowers and as a potent aphrodisiac. Pickers come to collect the Jasmine before sunrise. The picking process is done so meticulously so not to ruin the next flower coming out. Each picker picks up two to three kgs a day. On one acre, there’s five tons of flowers, each ton of flowers produces 2.5kg of Jasmine concrete. After finishing collecting, the pickers come straight to the factory to deliver the flowers and they are payed by the kilogram. The Jasmine is stored in wooden boxes, as opposed to plastic boxes, as it was in…

  • Edward Bess,  News,  Spotlight

    LAST NIGHT from Edward Bess

    Following the 2016 trio launch of Spanish Veil, Genre and La Femme Boheme, Edward Bess just released a new scent to inspire our senses with. Created in collaboration with the esteemed perfumer Carlos Benaim, Last Night aims to portray the atmosphere of being close to the one you’re in lust with using notes of Bulgarian rose, leather and smoke. Shadow figures blanketed only by the darkness of night. The hours felt infinite while we vowed to keep the sun from rising. I belonged to you and you were all mine if only for the moments of this ecstatic dream. As the moon shone upon your skin like marble, all the…

  • Brand Story,  Robert Piguet

    Robert Piguet – the Brand Story

    Born in 1898 to a prominent banking family in Switzerland, Robert Piguet’s professional pursuits displayed themselves early on. Demonstrating a passion for fashion, not finance, however, Piguet immigrated to Paris, in 1918, to the great disappointment of his parents. His departure would not be in vain, as the young creative genius soon became a major figure in the heyday of Haute Couture, first studying under the great houses of Poiret and Redfern, and ultimately opening his own atelier on the coveted Rond-Point des Champs Élysées. Piguet’s atelier was not only the destination for women with a discerning eye for extraordinary design and workmanship, it was also the golden ring for…

  • Star Ingredient

    Vetiver, a palette of woody fragrances

    Widely known and used since Antiquity, vetiver (or vetyver) is a perennial plant originating in southern India, whose name is derived from the Tamil word vettiveru (Tamil is the language spoken in Tamil Nadu). The people of India were the first to recognize the vetiver aromatic and medicinal properties, as attested in ancient ayurvedic treatises written in Sanskrit around the year 1,000 B.C.. Until the last century, this tropical aromatic plant remained largely unknown in the West, outside of the perfume world. In fact, the word vetiver did not appear in the French language until the early 19th century. This was an important period because, in 1809, the first chemical…

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    Dominique Ropion to receive Lifetime Achievement, Perfumer Award

    The Fragrance Foundation has announced the recipient of its 2019 Lifetime Achievement, Perfumer Award—International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) master perfumer Dominique Ropion. Over a career spanning three decades, Ropion has worked on a lot of iconic fragrances including Lalique’s Le Parfum Lalique. He is known in the industry for his passion mentoring young talent, and offered insights into the industry in his 2018 book Aphorisms of a Perfumer. “I’m proud of receiving this Award and am eager to see future generations of perfumers receive it in a few decades! A perfume contains endless combinations with the power to rouse the most diverse sensibil­ities. They’re definitely worth dedicating a lifetime of…

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    Star Ingredient, Frankincense

    The word “frankincense” comes from the term “franc incense,” which means pure incense in old French. Frankincense has been associated with many different religions, especially the Christian religion, as it was one of the first gifts given to Jesus by the Magi. This precious resins called sometimes “the pearl of the desert”, is collected either by making an incision in the tree and allowing the resin to flow and harden, or by collecting hardened resin that has flowed naturally from the tree which is produced by an unusual tree, genus Boswellia. Frankincense has been (and still is) one of the world’s most treasured commodities since the beginning of written history.…

  • Interview

    Interview – Bertrand Duchaufour

    Bertrand Duchaufour is one of the very few perfumers who works independently, and who is trained in the classical style. His extravagant and very personal creations have brought him an immense success among rare essence lovers, but also a reputation for artistic integrity. ELYSEE: When and how did you create your first perfume? How did you discover your passion for perfumes? BERTRAND DUCHAUFOUR: As my first creation, I designed an ambiance fragrance with a kind of mandarin note. It was a really long time ago, in 1987. E: Which are your favourite notes? BD: I don’t have favourite notes. I absolutely like all floral traces, I appreciate davana, blackcurrant, but…

  • Lalique,  Spotlight

    Lalique, Les Composition Parfumees

    Les Compositions Parfumées: Chic. Funny. Feminine. Genuine molecular magic! The brilliant pioneer of design René Lalique was the first artist that ventured to combine glass and precious stones in creating his spectacular Art Nouveau jewellery. Thus, he triggered a genuine revolution, in the same way that perfumers revolutionised their art by including new and amazing synthetic materials in their creations. To this day, the innovative spirit of the Lalique house is still alive and the proof is the exclusive collection Les Compositions Parfumées, inspired by the alchemy of perfumes and by jewellery and crystal design. The Les Compositions Parfumées collection embodies a fusion of natural and molecular ingredients and has…