- THE SCENTS -
"Perfume is a universal language, Nature is its cradle."
We cannot be impervious to scents. Luckily, the miracles of nature make scents bloom around us, but also deep inside us.
Also a true ancestral language, natural perfume has its origins in Egypt, 4,200 years ago.
Precious lavenders were already used for medicine and the quality of their perfume.
The Assyrians, brought them in the gardens of Semiramis of Babylon, to use them in olfactory ornaments but also in powder and oil.
In their turn, the Greeks venerated lavender, using it for multiple virtues, mythical or real, and finally the Romans perpetuated some knowledge. In the Middle Ages, the art of perfume progresses and in all Europe a real craze spreads. In France, from the 11th century onwards, it is first of all the medical power that is sought after, one must smell good to appear "healthy". We learn from others through the centuries, both the veils or perfumes, and all those very universes that will become under Louis XIV the "French luxury". Lavender has always had an exceptional place as a "perfume plant, medicinal plant, and aromatic plant" at the same time. The first perfume of Europe, the Water of the Queen of Hungary is sublimated with lavender at the Court of Versailles. It is fabulous and becomes more and more popular...
Later Grasse will become the world capital of perfumes. The lavenders of Provence reveal then to the whole world their soil of exception.
Today we honor her in an exceptional setting: the Coeur de Lavande.
The smells rise, like smoke. For the spirit leaders, perfume could represent Nirvana or Paradise, the craftsman or the artist already saw in it the paths that lead to the light.
The Phoenician sailors made known all these flavors and smells that became famous in the Mediterranean, in Africa and in Asia... and the perfumes have never stopped revealing their true power of welcome and communication.
"The transmission of an emotion and the olfactory heritage of my childhood.
As a child, I used to spend hours every year filling the mignonettes of the family distillery founded in Revel in 1884. In the sweltering heat of the Occitan South, entering the "smell chamber" was a real shock of freshness and a real pleasure: "it smelled so good of Peppermint", but also of wild strawberry, plum, mirabelle plum, williams pear, lemon, tangerine, rum...
Conquered from this first step, it was then necessary to discern the origin of each of the scents, then to mix the natural extracts with great application.
So it is naturally, that later, the process started with lavender (*same family as peppermint), I started to source agricultural or textile materials, to always look for the best, to learn several trades, and to master the fundamental processes, to finally reach the multi-sensory outcome so much hoped for.
Often driven by passion, often held back by the scope of the project, I have learned humility, but also determination. I must constantly invest a lot of time and energy, to finally recognize and assume that a strong heritage exists in me, that I owe to my father and my forefathers, and to whom "1884" pays homage.
* It is an obvious link, Lavender and Peppermint are part of the same family of Lamiaceae. They produce EO (Essential Oil), but they are also recognizable by their square stems and their bilabiate corollas (toothed).
- THE CULTURES -
- LES CULTURES -
"Combining the best of nature and man."
Human experience through the ages has made it possible to understand how wellbeing, Happiness, and welcoming others contribute to creating bridges and peace, between peoples and continents.
Whatever the sex, religion, culture, age, skin color, social level, a perfume will always translate the good intention. A "pure perfume" from nature is the best.
Also, borders fall where bridges are created between humans regardless of their origins.
That's why I created my new job "smell carrier", and it's with passion that I associate olfactory raw materials and textiles.
Not just any scent, first the lavender and not just any fabric, first the ribbons.
A perfume to remember...
A ribbon to seduce...
At the time when seduction was expressed differently, ribbons were needed to tie up, to decorate hats, to tie belts... Ribbons evoked all possible forms of hope.
The ribbon remains the symbol of all the promises of love, of the woman, of the gift of her person to the man who has only one idea in mind: to tie to tie.
A gift tied in a beautiful ribbon remains nowadays the symbol of a beautiful surprise.
A perfume offered, is this gesture which translates since always the sign of opening, the welcome...
Today, by offering a Heart of Lavender, a Ball, a Spindle or an Egg of Lavender, it is a case of scent that you offer and with which you convey your values.
Also, we are only at the beginning of this amazing adventure.