Bana Banana by Céline Ellena

BANA BANANA

It all started with Banana... Extravagance, exuberance, imagination and champagne: Les Folies Bergères in the 70s, the famous Parisian cabaret.

No expense was spared for a costume to one of their balls, and no detail forgotten, especially not the scent.

It was for a Banana costume to this very ball that the avid plant collector and chemist Jean Laporte created his first nature-inspired fragrance. This Banana scent sparked a passion, and a desire to bring the fragrance industry back to a pre-industrial state, where each ingredient is respected, identifiable and valued.

And so, with this mission in mind, L’Artisan Parfumeur, the craftsman of fragrances, was born. Today, with the help of Perfumer Céline Ellena, the brand re-imagines the never commercialised fragrance that started its story...

BY CÉLINE ELLENA

"A banana-scented fragrance in a fruit-coloured ensemble - the ideal frivolous accessory for a night at the Folies Bergères ball in Paris....

Mr. Jean Laporte, the creator of L’Artisan Parfumeur, was a happy, curious and decidedly mischievous individual. In his laboratory, he created exquisite and unusual perfumes that were highly appealing.

In his attempts to strike the perfect chord, he discovered that jasmine flowers released a scent reminiscent of ripe bananas. He came up with the idea of macerating pieces of banana in a jasmine flower infusion, but to no avail. The fragile, fickle jasmine resisted the combination and the perfume obtained simply had no panache.

Nevertheless, it made a lasting impression and he recounted this amusing tale to fellow perfumers.

Today, inspired by the original story told by my father, Jean-Claude Ellena, an old friend of Jean Laporte, I am proud to present Bana Banana – a rare and generous baroque composition; the blend between a garland of Jasmine flowers and candied bananas."

BANA BANANA

I imagined this composition as an embroidery of magical, bright and disruptive stitches; the raw materials assembled together as the pattern from which is constructed a "fragrance costume", intriguing and whimsical.

Freckles of pepper and amber sublime the heart of this baroque perfume by presenting its aura in chiaroscuro, in which the unusual main ingredient, Banana, can shine sovereign. The Jasmine flower, mistakenly naïve, creates a milky and carnal link between the balms and the shimmer from the fruit. Violet fowers, slightly bitter, overlaid with nutmeg, raw and biting, create the sensation of the banana skin. Iris and Tonka bean, highly generous materials with imposing textures, brighten the irresistibly sensitive trail of the scent.

PEPPER, NUTMEG, VIOLET LEAVES

JASMINE, IRIS, BANANA FLOWER

TONKA BEAN, MUSK, AMBER

BANA BANANA

It all started with Banana... Extravagance, exuberance, imagination and champagne: Les Folies Bergères in the 70s, the famous Parisian cabaret.

No expense was spared for a costume to one of their balls, and no detail forgotten, especially not the scent.

It was for a Banana costume to this very ball that the avid plant collector and chemist Jean Laporte created his first nature-inspired fragrance. This Banana scent sparked a passion, and a desire to bring the fragrance industry back to a pre-industrial state, where each ingredient is respected, identifiable and valued.

And so, with this mission in mind, L’Artisan Parfumeur, the craftsman of fragrances, was born. Today, with the help of Perfumer Céline Ellena, the brand re-imagines the never commercialised fragrance that started its story...

BY CÉLINE ELLENA

"A banana-scented fragrance in a fruit-coloured ensemble - the ideal frivolous accessory for a night at the Folies Bergères ball in Paris....

Mr. Jean Laporte, the creator of L’Artisan Parfumeur, was a happy, curious and decidedly mischievous individual. In his laboratory, he created exquisite and unusual perfumes that were highly appealing.

In his attempts to strike the perfect chord, he discovered that jasmine flowers released a scent reminiscent of ripe bananas. He came up with the idea of macerating pieces of banana in a jasmine flower infusion, but to no avail. The fragile, fickle jasmine resisted the combination and the perfume obtained simply had no panache.

Nevertheless, it made a lasting impression and he recounted this amusing tale to fellow perfumers.

Today, inspired by the original story told by my father, Jean-Claude Ellena, an old friend of Jean Laporte, I am proud to present Bana Banana – a rare and generous baroque composition; the blend between a garland of Jasmine flowers and candied bananas."

BANA BANANA

I imagined this composition as an embroidery of magical, bright and disruptive stitches; the raw materials assembled together as the pattern from which is constructed a "fragrance costume", intriguing and whimsical.

Freckles of pepper and amber sublime the heart of this baroque perfume by presenting its aura in chiaroscuro, in which the unusual main ingredient, Banana, can shine sovereign. The Jasmine fower, mistakenly naïve, creates a milky and carnal link between the balms and the shimmer from the fruit. Violet fowers, slightly bitter, overlaid with nutmeg, raw and biting, create the sensation of the banana skin. Iris and Tonka bean, highly generous materials with imposing textures, brighten the irresistibly sensitive trail of the scent.

PEPPER, NUTMEG, VIOLET LEAVES

JASMINE, IRIS, BANANA FLOWER

TONKA BEAN, MUSK, AMBER

Bana Banana - Eau de Parfum
Bana Banana - Eau de Parfum
An amber Banana - a rare, yet rich baroque-style composition - a blend of jasmine and candied bananas.
$165.00
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Notes
Fragrance Note: Baba Fig
Baba Fig
Fragrance Note: Nutmeg Flower
Nutmeg Flower
Fragrance Note: Tonka beans
Tonka beans