Although it’s been very mild with no snow yet, sunshine has been a rare luxury. You could not find a sunnier fragrance than perfumer Maurice Roucel’s succinct capture of a gorgeous, sunny day in Provence.
Paradis Provence is the fragrance of the eternal summer – of our youth, our imagination and our passion. A happy summer of blue salt and crystal. A solar composition of lavande absolut, thyme, jasmine and orange blossoms.
Lavande absolut is the purest essence of this blue flower that is the heart of Provence. The sight of rows of endless blue in the summer is magnificent.
Thyme with it’s golden beam of light, cleanses and heals. It opens your heart to receive love.
Orchards of orange blossoms laden by the bees, swaying in breeze, scent the air. The orange absolut carries the glorious energy of joy and abundance.
This is the fourth parfum in a series created by Shalini and Maurice. The four parfums reflect the changing moods and passions of the soul.
A spicy amber that will definitely catch your attention.
303’s perfumer, Sidonie Lancesseur of Robertet, often imagines colors with the scents that she creates.* In this instance, Ms. Lancesseur envisioned red as the color she associated with this amber fragrance that she was working on. The spicy nature of the top notes, cardamom, pink berries and chilli pepper, certainly reflect red. The heart notes begin the contrast and temper the spice with patchouli; ylang ylang holds its own with a liveliness that compliments the spices.
The amber notes (as “amber’ is a collection of different notes each time) include Tolu balsam and benzoin, with vetiver and muscs keeping it from going too dark.
Indigo recently interviewed Francesca and invites you to read our conversation. Information on all of her perfumes and ordering can be done HERE.
What is your
oldest olfactive memory?
time someone asks me this question, I have a different answer, according to how
far I can stretch my memory.
olfactive memories are connected to something which was dear to me. In this
very moment, I have in mind the smell of chamomile. When I was a child, my
mother took me with her to visit a friend which I liked a lot (she had a swing
and a large garden where I could run uncontrolled). In other to reach her, we had
to drive through fields of chamomile.
am also thinking to the tasty smelly strawberries and the sour smell (and
taste) of unripe apricot from my grandma’s garden. All my early memories are
connected to the Tuscan countryside, where I was born and raised.
Please tell me about your background- your family,
education and what path led
you to what you’re doing now?
I was born in the countryside, in the outskirt of
Florence, and my family worked in the fashion industry as many other families
in our area. I studied History of Art, specializing the Contemporary one. I
lived in Berlin for writing my dissertation (about Matisse). In the meantime, I
was passionate of perfume since forever. My first perfume was YSL Paris, which
I got when I was 11 or 12, then Dior Poison at 14, etc. Before possessing a
perfume, I had fun smelling my parents’ ones (my father’s Dior Fahrenheit, my
mother’s Guy Laroche Fidji). When I turned 28, a friend of mine gave me a book
about perfume making, and a handful of essential oil. Since then I started
experimenting with raw materials on my own. Some 5 years ago I decided to study
harder on my own and improve some formulas. And we finally got my first
releases, by end 2016!
How would you describe your
artistic style? How has this style developed over time?
It is difficult for me to
define my style, as I work basically following my guts, my artistic vision, the
need to convey a certain set of emotions, the urge to represent things I have
experienced and impressed me.
So I don’t have a
specific stylistic intention in my mind. But then, according to most opinions,
I can agree on the fact that my perfumes are: sensual, intimate, intense.
That’s what can be said about all my works so far! As for the evolution, I
think that technically I had an improvement, stylistically I think I have the
same obsession on emotions and things secrets J
How do you come up with your particular scent ideas?
I always start by a specific set of ideas, visions,
emotions, which have a deep connection with my personal history, and which I
hope might touch other people’s emotions too. After a certain idea is settled,
obsessively, in my mind, I can start thinking about which are the protagonists
of this story: Jasmin and Leather for The Lover’s Tale, for instance, Rose,
Iris and Benzoin for Angel’s Dust, etc.
As much I love raw materials, especially the natural
ones for their incredible complexity and richness, I use them as actors to
convey a certain message. The message is more important than the rest.
designers, artists or creative people do you look up to or are inspired by? I could name hundreds of them. Of course I have my favorites (Jacques
Guerlain, Maurice Roucel, Bertrand Duchaufour popping up in my mind now), but I
look at other ones with utmost interest and need to learn from them. I am
thinking about some Italians like Luca Maffei and Cristiano Canali which are
giving a great contribution to the artistic panorama.
Where do you do your work?
I have a small laboratory in the top floor of the
apartment where I live in Amsterdam. Thanks God I outsourced the production,
otherwise I would have exploded! So in my lab I just do creation and of course,
are you most proud of professionally? I feel very
proud of course when I receive a technical appreciation, highlight how well
done a perfume is; but my biggest reward is when I can touch people’s emotion.
Any person, not necessarily a perfumista. That’s my unique purpose. There are a
lot of beautiful fragrances out there, we don’t need another nice one. But we
always need more and more emotions.
the best thing about your job? And the worst? The best thing is staying alone in my laboratory smelling stuff, and failing
and starting over again. The worst, is definitely bookkeeping J
What are you looking forward to
professionally? I want to have more time to create and do things that make people happy.
I am specifically working on a project focused on a feeling-good concept, on
luxury intended not as show-off but as private experience of comfort and joy.
The Scents Unwrapped perfume for the May SCENTED sample pack was Providence Perfume‘s latest release, Vientiane. When we first smelled Vientiane, we knew it was very special. With the three rich & natural sandalwoods (Indian, New Caledonian and Hawaiian), combined with Charna’s amazing jasmine rice tincture, Chinese silk vine, Ginger lily and Rice paddy herb, this perfume is exquisite and has amazing longevity. We had only one correct guess, which belonged to Kathryn Steucek! Congrats! Your Vientiane bottle is on its way!
Indian Sandalwood, New Caledonian Sandalwood, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Jasmine Rice Accord, Chinese Silk Vine,Ginger Lily and Rice Paddy Herb
Some observations made about Vientiane were: “It’s gorgeous with great sillage and longevity. Definitely full bottle worthy ” and “Gorgeous natural sandalwood… This is a beautiful fragrance: true Woody, with a slightly sweet, rice-like body.”
Have you smelled your June SCENTED Scents Unwrapped sample yet?
The Athletic Mother benefits from a fresh scent with a big pick-me-up.
Clean, refreshing, cooling…
Eau Fraiche by Art and Olfaction Award Winner, Monsillage, is as fresh as one can possibly get. With its lemony opening and aromatic top notes leading into the aquatic lilac, Eau Fraiche reveals itself to be uplifting, just when you need it.
Saint Julep by Imaginary Authors brings a touch of sunshine no matter the actual time of the year. A sense of freshness and coolness is evident in its top and heart notes, while the base notes are utterly sensual and compelling.
The New Mother faces how to balance the overwhelming duties of being a new mom while remaining true to herself. She’s lucky to have time for a shower! Her fragrance should be on the gentle side when caring for the baby, yet she may want to reach for a sensual fragrance also…
Ambre Essence oil roll-on in the Ambre Blends collection (or any of the five Ambre Blends scents!) would be gentle enough to remind her of her prettier side while never overwhelming the baby.
How about Belle de Jour or Night Flower from Eris Parfums to feel sultry for that much-needed date night out? Belle de Jour is an orange flower/jasmine with a sensual drydown; Night Flower is an alluring Oriental.
Of course, a Mother’s Day Gift Card will always appreciated.
To ensure sufficient time for delivery, all web orders should be placed by Monday, May 7th.
Perfumes for the New Mother: Ambre Essence, Night Flower and Belle de Jour
craves new experiences and needs to pack up quickly and easily.
Bergamotto di Positano by Floris will transport her directly to the sunny Mediterranean, even if she is at home cleaning the windows. With its smooth scent of orange blossom mixed with mandarin, ginger and vanilla, it is a great way to begin any trip.
May we also suggest Aqua Universalis by Maison Francis Kurkdjian… as a Hair Mist? This alcohol-free formula is gentle to the hair and creates a sensation of freshness… very convenient when one is traveling for hours and is frankly feeling anything but fresh. (And how about a quick overall body mist when you have a chance to visit the restroom. Aahhh!)
Let Indigo assist you this week with our daily Mother’s Day scent guideline.
We’re matching scents with a wide range of moms.
Today: it’s The Career Mother.
The Career Mother needs a fragrance subtle enough for the office.
Berlin by Gallivant is for the Mom on the go. It is a contrast between fresh top notes (Grapefruit, Clementine, Lemon) and spicy heart notes (Black Pepper and Black Tea) and woody base notes. It is makes a quiet statement, allowing your Mom to wear it confidently. The handy 30 ml. bottle is small enough to slip in her purse or in her take-on bag while flying. A win-win!
Orb_ital by Nomenclature is a woody fragrance that sits fairly close to the skin. Rhubarb and Violet keep it from being too serious, while the other spicy and woody compounds keep this fragrance transparent and light with never a fear of over-spraying. Board Room- check. Elevator- check.
Let Indigo assist you this week with our daily scent guideline.
We’re matching scents with a wide range of moms. We begin with…
The Epicurean Mother
Finding a scent that matches her essence is the key to success with the Epicurean Mother. She’ll instinctively pay attention to the ingredients and may even opt for the unexpected. Lavender, Vanilla, Citrus and Spices are within the comfort zone of the passionate gourmand. Here are two scents that are not the stereotypical so-sweet-that-your-teeth-will-hurt.
Vanille d’Iris by Ormonde Jayne will delight her senses with its unexpected and elegant use of vanilla. The notes are unusual (carrot seed in a fragrance?): Coriander, Carrot seed, Pink Peppercorn, Vanilla extract and Tahitian Vanilla bud (among others).
Shangri-La, created by Hiram Green, is an unconventional gourmand with a subtle spice trail complimenting its focus on citrus and peach. It envelops you in its cozy, earthy style. And did we mention that it is a natural perfume, Hiram’s specialty.
If you are unable to make up your mind for your Mother’s Day, Gift Cards are always available and a safe bet.
To ensure sufficient time for delivery, all web orders should be placed by Monday, May 7th.
Gift wrap is available.
Perfumes for the Epicurean Mother: Vanille d’Iris and Shangri La