A wind of freedom is blowing on This Is Us! Let’s share waves of freedom! The new Eau de Toilette for Men and Women by France fashion house Zadig & Voltaire.
Zadig & Voltaire This Is Us! L’Eau For All tells the story of the Zadig tribe. Free together. Young forever. This Is Us! L’Eau For All A tribe of friends. A big family. Feel the spirit of freedom. Take a deep breath & live in the moment. Rejuvenated. Free as air.
The Zadig tribe. A group of friends, women, men, teenagers, children. A carefree spirit, the affirmation of a relaxed lifestyle: the desire to be happy, to be happy together. They share the fragrance and make it a totem. No matter the gender, the age, there are no borders.
Created by Mathilde Bijaoui, the woodsy, citrusy, and fresh fragrance Zadig & Voltaire This Is Us! L’Eau For All starts zesty and refreshing, offering a bright touch of bergamot. The heart includes floral and salty neroli flowers, combined with calming lavender, laid on a creamy, warm, and smooth base of cashmeran, sandalwood, and musk.
Zadig & Voltaire This Is Us! L’Eau For All is available as a 50ml Eau de Toilette at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Zadig & Voltaire.
Part of the British perfumehouse Penhaligon’s Portraits collection, The World According to Arthur Eau de Parfum pays homage to the eponymous King and warrior. Nodding to his journey of wisdom and wit as he attempts to best his brother Lord George, it is made in the UK and formed of an incense top note, ambrette and clary sage at the heart, followed by tonka absolute.
A fragrance family quite unlike any other, where nothing is quite as it seems. Portraits is a tribute to the good old English spirit: stiff upper lip, caustic humour, and a knack for provocation. What lies behind good manners? Perhaps it’s time to find out.
What are the secrets of the British Aristocracy? Are they as educated, courteous and polite as they are made out to be? ‘Portraits’ is a tribute to the English spirit; between ‘establishment, humor and provocation’. The family of ‘Portraits’ continues with Lord George’s younger brother: Arthur.
Arthur sheaths his silver spoon and words like a sword. Now, fresh from the East, he’s mastered sage wisdom. So, that devil Lord George best keep his brother sweet. When incensed, he breathes fire.
At the heart of the royal family, meet Lord George’s rival brother: Arthur. A dreamy explorer in search of adventure, he sets out to explore the hills, lakes and temples of the far reaches of the Great Wall of China. His fragrance accompanies him on each of his journeys, revealing his wisdom with notes of sage, balanced by a mysterious facet thanks to incense and amber. Be careful not to get burned by his side: Arthur masters both the fire and the balance of his fragrance. Between power and freshness, the fragrance promises an olfactory journey that transcends the ages.
A spot of familial competition: Hot tempers and sibling rivalry. Arthur and his younger brother, Lord George, meet again. Will Lord George remain the head of the family, or will the tables turn? We all know what happened the last time George and The Dragon locked horns…
A kindred spirits counsel: Changing Constance is all too accustomed to feeling like a misfit, a maverick. Which is why The World According To Arthur hit it off the moment they met at the union of their siblings. Since which time they have remained, well, the closest of confidants.
Hold one’s bated breath, The World According To Arthur has arrived exclusively online. But Penhaligon’s The World According to Arthur Eau de Parfum comes in 75ml flacons, and will also be available at Pehaliogon’s boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Penhaligon’s.
Later this month, French luxury fashion house Maison Margiela will introduce Autumn Vibes (Montreal, 2018), a new unisex fragrance joining the Replica series, a collection of fragrances inspired by personal memories and moments from the life of the perfumer;
The year is 2018, and the location is Montreal. Autumn Vibes is a fragrance that brings back a warm autumn day, a colorful forest landscape, fresh air, and a feeling of being in nature. The woody-spicy scent blends notes of cedar with moss reminiscent of a walk in the woods. The colorful leaves under your feet are evoked by pink pepper and cardamom essence.
Maison Margiela Autumn Vibes will be available as 10 and 100 ml Eau de Toilette at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Maison Margiela.
The very first shop, located at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris, opens onto the street like a two-part Italian Renaissance or Flemish master’s painting. Three friends had found the ideal stage for their chic little bazaar of fascinating finds as well as the perfect name for it; Diptyque.
It’s tricky to spell, because the i and the y are cheeky letters. Mistakes were so common in the beginning that the Maison had to list it under both spellings in the phone book. Diptyque has such a refined ring to it, and in every language it is chic, eclectic, poetic, esthetic and graphic.
The secret to Diptyque’s singularity is the distinct chemistry between three unique individuals: Christiane Montadre-Gautrot, Yves Coueslant and Desmond Knox-Leet. When they met, it sparked a chain of creativity, that continues to resonate today.
They met through friends of friends. Christiane graduated from l’Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, Desmond was a painter. Together they designed fabric and wallpaper for ultra-chic British Maisons. Then, some other friends introduced them to Yves Coueslant, who had escaped an unlikely career in banking to follow his heart and work… in theatre. The three friends quickly became inseparable. In 1961, they opened an unusual boutique with a daring plan: listen to their intuition and only do what they love. Nothing dampened their friendship as their business grew, and diptyque spread the creations born of this incomparable friendship all around the world.
This year French Maison Diptyque is celebrating its 60th anniversary: an opportunity to immerse yourself in everything that has inspired the Maison since its creation. A cavalcade of youthful creativity, 2021 will be dedicated to graphic design, encounters, nature, travel and curiosity. A year that will be filled with collections and events.
To mark its anniversary, the niche perfume house presents the new perfume Eau Rihla in the spring of 2021. The fragrance is inspired by the spirit of the Middle East, named after the Arabic Rihla wood which means ‘journey’. It is dedicated to the 14th century globe-trotting merchant, Ibn Battuta – a prominent Arab Moroccan-Berber traveler and explorer – and his travels throughout the known world.
Perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin drew his inspiration directly from the Maison’s co-founder Desmond Knox-Leet’s leather-bound sketching notebook and Ibn Battuta’s leather luggage. Weathered and worn, the leather keynote is “an invitation to travel”, says Pellegrin. An exclusive to the perfume house molecule, extracted from rare cedar wood, forms the heart of the fragrance, layered with musk and precious iris.
Top notes: raspberry, pink pepper, saffron Heart: leather, iris, cedar Base: vanilla, musk
A bazaar of spices – much like the ones encountered by Ibn Battuta in far-flung lands – linger, is depicted with notes of saffron, pink peppercorn, and vanilla. Diptyque’sparticular signature, an unusual combination of notes, or ‘olfactory accidents’, emerges as an energetic, sweet raspberry opening note.
The flacon’s artwork is unmistakably Middle Eastern, an etched illustration signed by Safia Ouares showing an iconic Bedouin landscape of desert dunes, date palms, a falcon and camels. Another special touch – the oval label is a glided gold, a different route from Diptyque’s usual black and white branding.
Available as an exclusive for the region, Eau Rihla will be available only in the Middle East from May 1st, until June 2021, when it will release to the international market.
Diptyque Eau Rihla is available as a 75 ml Eau de Parfum at Diptyque Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. This year we can expect more special editions on the occasion of the anniversary. Come into the beautiful world of Diptyque.
Created just for the Middle East, Louis Vuitton’s new fragrance, Pur Oud, pays homage to the region’s iconic woody note. “The finest raw materials are perfumes in their own right”, says Jacques Cavallier Belletrud , master perfumer for the French Maison, and the mind behind the Maison’s latest fragrance. The perfume is, as its name suggests, composed almost entirely of natural Oud essence, making it exceptional in the world of perfumery.
Following the release of Ombre Nomad, Les Sables Roses and Nuit de Feu, Louis Vuitton’s Oud fragrance collection continues to honour once again the culture of smell in the Middle East by offering a fragrance for the region’s most emblematic ingredient: Oud. The fact that the new scent is almost only made out of Assam Oud makes it perfect for layering, especially with Ombre Nomad.
Inspired by the Middle Eastern traditions of applying perfume and the culture of Oud, wonders of the world in its purest, truest and most luxurious images. Pure Oud perfume for fans of ‘Wood of the Gods’ the opportunity to appreciate one of the most beautiful wonders of the world in its purest, truest and most luxurious images. Louis Vuitton and Belletrud finally set upon an essence of Assam oud, produced by a family, who ‘maintains a sustainable forest, farmed ethically’.
I wanted to create something exceptional, that smells like a luxury. I was amazed by the way women and men practice layering in the Middle East, mixing and applying their very personal oud preparation. I wanted to offer an oud signature from Louis Vuitton, which is why I’ve invited the Middle Eastern style of perfumery into the Louis Vuitton flacon.
Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, Louis Vuitton -inhouse- master perfumer
It is said that it is the scent of paradise and its meaning in Arabic ‘wood’ Oud is an absolute component of any raw material that has great depth and multiple aspects, as if it contains all other aspects, it is a treasure of nature it is the precious ‘black gold’ to the extent that the finest in its purity is reserved for an exclusive elite of people. The Oud contains countless distinctive ingredients where it offers its fans a completely unique experience, in its complex components and richness of symbolism and global resonance the oud is a journey in itself, smuggled through time and space, a gateway to the absolute world.
To present the purest expression of oud by simplifying one of the most beautiful fragrances in the world is the essence of pure oud, to highlight the raw beauty of this rare ingredient, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud created a near-contradictory encounter between the dreary character of the Oud focused on 10% of the composition and luminous softness of two types of white musk, ambrettolide and helvetolide. A gentle and slightly fruity helveled, and a delicate cotton empreted. The Oud weaves into an ornate cocoon that encapsulates and supports it without strangulation, and emerges from it strong wooden puffs and reveals the richness of its animal reflections.
It is important to note that the agar trees used to create oud have been declared a potentially threatened species by CITES, making the harvesting of oud for fragrances potentially environmentally damaging. To ensure they are maintaining the least harmful production practices possible, Vuitton is working with a family-run team of producers in Bangladesh, who have cultivated oud for the past 200 years.
Pure Oud is available in the French Maison’s iconic perfume flacon, but this time in stained black glass. Pure, dense and deep to the point that, paradoxically, it reveals a stunning reflection of light, such as the fragrance it carries.
Louis Vuitton Pur Oud is available as 100ml Eau de Parfum. A limited and rare fragrance (there are only 2,000 flacons available), and it’s the most expensive of the Louis Vuitton line-up (each flacon comes in at €1,200). It’s available exclusive to the Middle East countries at Louis Vuitton boutiques. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.
Born during the war, on March 14, 1942 in Lille, northern France, Serge Lutens was separated from his mother’s first weeks, his personality will be marked by the feeling of an original abandonment. Constantly torn between two families, he lives at a distance and invents himself. He is a dreamer. At the Montesquieu school, he is said to be ‘in the moon’: he does not follow, even if his teachers recognize him as a storyteller. Today Serge Lutens is seen in the world of perfumery amd make-up as an extraordinary designer, a true artist.
This image is founded on his early career working for the most prestigious fashion magazines, like Vogue, before being commissioned in 1967 by Christian Dior to create their makeup line. He created colors, style ánd images for the Maison. He then signed a collaboration with Shiseido that allowed this Japanese cosmetics group, hitherto unknown on the international scene, to impose a visual identity so powerful that it became one of the world’s market players in the 80s and 90s. He became Artistic Director, developing their international image. In 1992, he launched the perfume Féminité du Bois, the first unisex perfume that revolutionized the field.
If this first perfume marks the 80s, it is by the creation of ‘Femininity of Wood’ and the boutique of the Palais Royal in 1992 – with its dreamlike décor – that Serge Lutens affirms his first olfactory revolution in the field of perfume. Deeply influenced by the discovery of Morocco and in particular Marrakech (the city in which he acquired in 1974 an old house in the heart of the medina), Serge Lutens has made this country the cradle of his perfumery. Waxes, cedar wood, orange blossoms…, Marrakech inspired his first perfumes: ‘Amber Sultan’, ‘Moorish Leather’, ‘Chergui’ … Having become inescapable, they write a new page in the history of essences. Following logically in 2000, Serge Lutens created the brand that now bears his name and imposes an uncompromising style. Perfumes, blushes, his expressions in this field intersect between a sharp and selective distribution and that more confidential of its network of shops.
After his last launch in November 2020, a Harrods exclusive added to the Serge Lutens Flacons de Table Collection named Tarab, mister Lutens launched a new creation. Under the Collection Noire umbrella, named La Dompteuse Encagée, (The Caged Tamer).
The La Dompteuse Encagée is the new Eau de Parfum from the Black Collection. A floral fragrance, almond, radiant. A muzzled language, shaping a single way of thinking, La Dompteuse Encagée reminds us of the dangers of a society on the lookout for the slightest step aside. Hope, however, remains in the revelation of a frangipani flower that can be enjoyed here… on the skin!
From this cold, white-waxed girl, I owe it to myself to take responsibility for everything. However, from this dreaded snow as envisaged, I sense the avalanche. What has seen the whiteness of the flower does not augur the freshness, the smell of frangipane y pallie. Subtly almond, to be enjoyed on the skin!
Serge Lutens La Dompteuse Encagée is offered in the recognizable Collection Noire flacon. The consumer can choose the way of diffusion – by splashing or spraying – and the flacon is easily recyclable.
Serge Lutens La Dompteuse Encagée is available as 100 ml Eau de Parfum at the Serge Lutens Boutique, Palais Royal, Paris, and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Serge Lutens.
Skins, a beauty and fragrance paradise in Amsterdam, Holland. Famous for the fine niche beauty labels they sell. Skins Cosmetics brought about a true revolution in the Dutch cosmetics retail in 2000. It was the very first store in the Netherlands where only niche brands were sold that were not previously available in the Netherlands.
The founders of Skins Cosmetics had a clear vision: only perfume, make-up and skin care brands that were not yet well known in the Netherlands, but had (and have) an iconic status abroad.
Skins Cosmetics is constantly looking for the most special, innovative and undiscovered beauty products. To the brands that have been developed with the greatest care and attention. By the makers who are pure and only strive for the best. They want to share these discoveries with anyone who likes to look further and who is looking for beauty brands that are slightly less known.
One of these brands is Vilhelm Perfumery. Founded in 2015 by Swedish New Yorker Jan Ahlgren, this luxurious contemporary perfume house is based in New York and has perfumes made in Paris. Vilhelm Perfumery currently has about 25 different scents. Vilhelm is a young perfume house, but has already built up a considerable fan base with original, luxury perfumes.
Now the American Vilhelm Parfumerie is joining forces with the Dutch Skins Cosmetics, resulting in an Eau de Parfum with delicious wood tones. A warm comfortable fragrance that smells very attractive to both men and women.
Top notes: bergamot, juniper berries, black tea Heart: lavender, leather, violet Base: Palo Santo, sandalwood, papyrus
Skins x Vilhelm, an Eau de Parfum with top notes of fresh bergamot, juniper black tea. Furthermore, Skins x Vilhelm is a fusion of the heart notes lavender and leather in combination with creamy sandalwood, burning palo santo and blooming yellow flowers.
Vilhelm founder Jan Ahlgren always builds his fragrances around a story. Stories inspired by memories and important moments in Ahlgren’s life. Every scent is, as it were, part of his biography, on a feeling and emotional level. A story that this time takes place in Amsterdam. Imagine a scene straight from David Lynch’s imagination….
You are in front of a very special hotel…. Night falls behind you through the canals, whispering the promises of the city’s many pleasures. The doors open…. A touch of sandalwood lures you in…. Painted eyes and a soft voice greet you like smoke from burning Palo Santo curls in the air…. You could swear that the yellow flowers sprayed on the wall bloom before your very eyes. Your phone, usually a lifeline, is forgotten in your hand as you awaken to this new reality. Welcome to a world unlike any other, where the only currency is the adrenaline rush of opportunity and curiosity.
Skins x Vilhelm Eau de Parfum is available exclusively at Skins Cosmetics, where other Vilhelms are also available, with intriguing names like Stockholm 1978 and Dirty Velvet.
Skins x Vilhelm Eau de Parfum is available in in as 100ml (€210.-), and as a 10ml pursespray (€35.-). Skins is thé parfum destination with lots of exclusive fragrances with many exclusive scents that you cannot get anywhere else in the Netherlands. Come into the beautiful world of Skins.
Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo looks again to their own city’s heritage and drinks in its inspiration for a new fragrance. Ferragamo’s headquarters building, Palazzo Spini Feroni, is not far from the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, and it was this building that influenced the creation of Cupola, the new edition of the Tuscan Creations line.
600 years after its construction, the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore dominates the landscape of Florence. It’s the city’s greatest icon, the protagonist of its amazing Italian architecture. The star of the skyline, it is the extraordinary masterwork of an engineering prodigy, conceived by the creative genius of Filippo Brunelleschi. The dome of this cathedral still remains an unsolved mystery. The largest brick dome ever built, this was the first monument to consecrate architecture to the status of both artistic and scientific disciplines.
Perfumers Luca Maffei and Antoine Lie celebrate this masterpiece with an olfactory ode representing the bond between Heaven and Earth, insolence and rigor, limit and immensity. Cupola is an olfactive painting of the divine mystery. It embodies a feeling of substantial harmony that elevates the soul of those who wear it.
The fashion house describes the scent as a subtle freshness of vivid tangerine and green angelica, immediately rounded with soft leathery saffron, reminiscent of intimate rays of sunshine on the cupola. The majesty of the cathedral stands high toward the sky as a mystical bridge between earthy, sophisticated orris and precious amber, sublimated by deep tones of labdanum. Clear as a celebration of its magnificence, a resinous warm amber envelops the beauty of sacred woods: dark patchouli and smoky gaiac wood.
Salvatore Ferragamo Cupola is available as 100ml Eau de Parfum at Salvatore Ferragamo Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Salvatore Ferragamo.
Creating the most beautiful and precious jewelry and watches, French Maison Van Cleef & Arpels was founded by Charles Arpels and his brother-in-law Alfred Van Cleef in 1896. The pair opened their first boutique at the prestigious Place Vendôme in 1906. They gained notoriety for their use of precious stones and their expertise and innovation in stone-setting techniques.
Parisian jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels is a pioneer in its field, with a subtle mix of knowledge and experience. Maison Van Cleef & Arpels is built on strong and specific values of elegance, femininity, creativity, excellence and style. The Maison’s fragrances mirror the philosophy of the jewellery collections, bringing together an array of rare ingredients in compelling scents, which are presented in perfectly crafted flacons that possess their own Van Cleef & Arpels magic.
Beautiful Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry has adorned the bodies of royalty, prominent political figures, socialites and numerous actresses and entertainers. The Maison’s first foray into fragrances came with ‘First’ for Women, in 1978, a classic timeless floral aldehyde scent. ‘First’ has remained a popular choice and inspired a number of flankers over the years. Other notable releases include men’s classics, ‘Pour Homme’ (1978), ‘Tsar’ (1989), and the ‘Collection Extraordinaire’, a luxury line whose first fragrance was introduced in 2009.
Next month, Van Cleef & Arpels will launch Oud Blanc, a new addition to the Maison′s Collection Extraordinaire. The Maison revisits the legendary Oud Wood with Oud Blanc. Oud Blanc, offering an extraordinary reinterpretation of that legendary wood that we mistakenly thought no longer had secrets.
To approach the Oud in a different way, I was inspired by what happens when it is burned during ceremonies. It releases a blazing, enveloping smoke, laden with mystery and opulence. I tried to recreate the scent of this smoke,which is both warm, soft and translucent.
Anne Flipo, master perfumer
Oud Blanc is not a reworked version of the Oud: it’s a rediscovery. Enclosed within a white flacon, this woody oriental offers a surprising and crystal clear view of that tempered wood. Those men and women who flinch violently at the keyword ‘Oud’ may still be able to relax with the latest Collection Extraordinaire offshoot.
Although this Eau de Parfum noticeably contains eaglewood, according to master perfumer Anne Flipo this is more like burnt oud, which is supposed to be quite intense, but here it is warm and soft and has been steamed down to a translucent level. The result was an oud note that is present but absolutely soft.
There are also some gourmand notes, such as date and vanilla, whereby the latter, together with frankincense (perhaps rather benzoin), makes it look as if some light chocolate has been used. Vanilla gives the composition its sweet and creamy trait, while incense causes a whirlwind of emotions in spreading its structured and smoky facets. It also goes very well with white, light musk.
The date in turn gives the whole composition a fine, delicately fruity-sweet underline, whereas the rose appears more as if breathed in. Oud Blanc remains, as could not be expected otherwise, quite linear. And it’s no surprise that the date runs out first and oud with white musk remains most consistent.
Well – this is all done quite well, even if the wheel is not reinvented here. What we have here is an extremely pleasant autumn scent that brings together the components of soft oud with unobtrusive gourmand notes in an exemplary manner. For hardcore oud aficionados rather uninteresting – for beginners a welcome opportunity.
If a color could symbolize this research, there is no doubt that it would be white: a bright and timeless white whose purity is enhanced by a perfectly balanced, elegant and refined flacon.
Van Cleef & Arpels Oud Blanc N°1584400 is available as 75ml Eau de Parfum at selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Van Cleef & Arpels.
Serge Lutens is an extraordinary designer, a true artist. A director of beauty in all its forms, he has initiated many revolutions in the field of beauty and perfumery. Serge Lutens collaborated with the most prestigious fashion newspapers before becoming the head of beauty image for Christian Dior, then artistic director of the international image of the Shiseido cosmetics group.
In 1992, he launched ‘Feminite du Bois’ (Femininity of Wood), the first female/male fragrance. A revolution! For him, “perfume is an illumination, an affirmation, the point on the I”! Building on this success, he created his own brand, in 2000, ‘Serge Lutens’. A brand in the image of an authentic and daring designer who imagines his fragrances, draws his flacons and thinks every detail of his creations without concessions.
As a perfumer, he is the author to date of about 70 perfumes in collections all more timeless, The Black Collection, table bottles, gold section, skyscrapers, etc. Its perfumes for men and women reveal the character of the wearer and affirm their true identity. Now he launched two new fragrances. Two special creations that I don’t want you to miss. Poetic, eclectic – just as their creator himself.
Serge Lutens Fils de Joie
A laugh awaits a sentence, a word or a situation to proclaim itself. A laugh may burst forth or be stifled by a hand that tries to contain it. But if it is sincere, it cannot be contained. On the skin, its fragrance is Lady-of-the-Night, a paradoxically radiant scent!
This nocturnal and sensual fragrance plunges us into the exhilaration of laughter. A rare and intimate, yet significant side of Serge Lutens’ personality. Childhood memories of the surreal atmosphere in a bar in northern France leave a lingering taste of excitement tinted with disillusionment. Loud hoarse voices and ‘making ends meet upstairs’. This mundane yet murky and boisterous life finds its reflection in mesk ellil, or night-blooming jasmine. A profound and haunting fragrance.
Serge Lutens Fils de Joie is available in 50 and 100ml Eau de Parfum (€120/€180). Small in bulk, easy to carry, it allow two options: for an elegant presentation of the perfume, given by the cap or for ease of use, offered by the vaporizing tip.
Add your initials or a first name to make your bottle unique. All engravings are handmade by Serge Lutens craftsman engraver.
Discover the 2020 limited edition of ‘Fils de Joie’ : a Moorish designed packaging signed by Serge Lutens.
Serge Lutens Périlleusement Vôtre
Despite the risks, we stand at the brink of dizziness on the edge of a cliff weathered by salt water. At this moment, we entrust our fate to what awaits us. Whether we tread on dangerous ground or lose sight of the way, rose stays true to itself and oud overpowers all else!
A fragrant psychoanalysis. An uncompromising creation which reflects the need to take great personal and creative risks and to seek the singularity which society perceives as dangerous. The moment to embark on a personal journey. What defines us, our uniqueness, or our destiny? At what moment of the journey does the artist bloom? An intimate and personal olfactory creation which lays its creator bare.
Oud – rose Olfactory impressions
Determined, courageous, splendid!
Serge Lutens Gratte-ciel collection – Périlleusement Vôtre, is available as 100ml Eau de Parfum (€290).
Both fragrances are available at the Palais Royal and Saint-Honoré Boutiques, on Serge Lutens’ website, and in selected stores worldwide.
Discover the Serge Lutens universe and be surprised by its unique olfactory creations. Come into the beautiful world of Serge Lutens.