Voyage de parfumeur

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A ring of snowy peaks, winter sports, luxury chalet... This is what Aspen is associated with, as well as its forest of fir trees. Hower, Aspen is named after the aspen, an extraordinary tree which resists fire better than other species. But in Aspen, who could resist the appeal of a crackling chimney fire while snow is falling outside? The exhalations of cardamom, eucalyptus, cypress and cedarwood carry one's nose in the sweet torpor of a winter's evening.

Acapulco, the "bay of thick reeds", is an ideal destination that has long been home to the sweetest of orchids: vanilla. Discovered by the conquistadores, the famous black pods plays a starring role in perfumery and cuisine with its delicate, delicious aroma. Lalique's scent pairs vanilla with a sandalwood heart and a musky amber base for a delectable, enveloping and mouth-watering effect.

North Africa, the land of citrus fruits, is home to the bitter orange tree. Its fragile flowe yuelds neroli essence whose scent is, paradoxically, both powerful and delicate. Mandarin orange and bitter orange sparkle in the candel's top notes against a heart of neroli and sambac jasmine, accentuating the opulence of white flowers over a base of patchouli, amber and vanilla. A sunny fragrance infused with luxury, calm and voluptuousness.

The Amalfi Coast is lined with arid cliffs, the blue sea and a tree: the fig tree, heavy with softy and juicy fruits. The sweet, slightly milky and green scent of fig intertwines with that of the tree leaves and surrounding vegetation. The citrus flowe top notes swirl over a heart of fresh fig and rockrose before melting into dry fig and laurel tree notes. The Mediterranean spirit in a candle...

The Russian Tasars' dashing soldiers, also known as hussars, had a habit to get ready for battle peculiar to their group: they polished their boots, belts and saddles with fragrant birch resin. As they moved from place to place, they spread therefore a characteristic smell, many times fantasized about... This smell has also turned into a source of inspiration for perfumers. In this candle, leather notes are surrounded by saffron flower, black suede and precious woods for a flashback in a mythical past one likes to reinvent.

A former Portuguese colony and a hotspot of psychedelic enlightenment, Goa has a thousand faces, a thousand stories and a thousand traditions. Goa is India. Lalique honours both by perfuming one of its candles with the warm, sacred scent of sandalwood. A sweet, mily and lingering fragrance. For the candle, the woody accord flirts with patchouli and gets spicy with cardamom and cumin. For an evening around a blazing campfire.

China, a land of spices and contrasting landscape. Tunnan and its treasures are the perfect example. A mysterious root with real and implied powers, ginger feeds the imagination, spieces up recipes and adds a refined yet piquant touch to perfumery. For Lalique, it takes the form of a candle. Its fresh, zesty scent full of oriental opulence embraces a smooth and sweet vanilla base, lighting a path to the temple of love.

With its legendary temples and pristine beaches, Bali is a land of enchantment. The vetiver that grows there is a dry, woody root whose smell recalls the forest and soil. The candle diffuses a subtle telluric fragrance that begins by exploring the fresh facet of vetiver before delving into its dry, smoky side tih pine needle, cedar and frankincense notes. Step inside this woody accord.

Yuzu's invigorating scent evokes summer but it is definitely a winter fruit able to resist cold... and lift one's spirits. Yuzu is therefore the main ingredient of the « Yuzu-yu », a hot bath very much liked by Japanese people on winter solstice because it is said to bring wealth and health. Besides its cosmetic and antiseptic properties, this bath diffuses yuzu’s delicious zesty notes, here melted with bergamot and grapefruit, and sweetened by verbena, almond and musks.

Rose. The ultimate flower. Born with Aphrodite, goddess of love, rose is worshipped and cultivated in many countries. The Turkish province of Anatolia, which « makes the sun rise », houses the city of roses. Indeed, the rose has multiple facets: rustic and sophisticated, sweet and prickly, fresh and opulent... Rose is never exactly the same. Nor is it completely different. Here, the rose scent first evokes a bud : soft and green. Then its petals unfold and reveal a note of white peony and spices. Finally, the rose reaches its full blossom in a diaphanous note of musks and Cashmere wood.

After exploring the most wonderful places on Earth and their scented treasures, the perfumer now faces oceans seeking a most precious ingredient: ambergris, said to come from a magic undersea fountain. Explorers' and sailors' exhilaration when catching sight of land after a long journey has no comparison... except the perfumer’s euphoria when coming across ambergris and smelling it for the first time. Lalique has captured this scent of euphoria and set it in a crystal vase adorned with Hirondelles (Swallows) flying over ocean’s ripples and waves.