Un Air de Bretagne
Inspired by regions of France, L'Artisan Parfumeur's Landscapes Collection has wandered the country in its search for iconic scents.
The collection was initiated with Bucoliques de Provence in 2016, a perfume that evokes the lavender fields of the South of France. This year, L'Artisan Parfumeur sets course for the west of the country.
Fascinated by the wild Brittany coast and the endless energy of its wind and waves, the perfumer Juliette Karagueuzoglou captured the sea breeze and iodized oxygen in a fragrance, named Un Air de Bretagne.
Intertwined with seaweed absolute and green notes of cypress absolute, the tempestuous heart of the fragrance becomes luminous. On the skin, the breeze gives way to an addictive softness... The storm outside gradually becomes a comforting murmur.
SEA SPRAY ACCORD
Sea spray refers to droplets that are scattered into the atmosphere by bubbles that burst where the air meets the sea, and that are highly concentrated in minerals.
Fascinated by the wild Brittany coast and the endless energy of its wind and waves, the perfumer Juliette Karagueuzoglou wished to capture this iodized oxygen in a bottle. Through the association of several raw ingredients, she succeeded in recreating this fresh, marine and salty note.
In Un Air de Bretagne, this accord is as a canvas on which the seaweed accord, ambergris, neroli essence, cypress absolute and cedarleaf oil are delicately overlayed.
With about 70,000 tonnes produced every year, Brittany is European's leading seaweed producer, and its harvest has given rythm to the Britanny economy for centuries.
In perfumery, the green seaweed is the varieties that is used. Its absolute is obtained through a solvent extraction of the vegetal, followed by purification with ethyl alcohol. The seaweed absolute has a green and salty scent, which blends wonderfully in aquatic fragrances.
In Un Air de Bretagne, the seaweed absolute is at the heart of the fragrance, reinforcing the power of the sea spray accord created by the perfumer Juliette Karagueuzoglou.
The cypress is a symbol of eternal life since Ancient Greece: its foliage is evergreen, its fruits are always present, and its incense-scented wood is practically rot-proof.
The cypress absolute is obtained by a solvent extraction of its twigs and leaves, followed by a purification with ethyl alcohol. More than 50kgs of vegetal are needed to make 1kg of absolute. Olfactively, it gives fragrances a woody touch, with aromatic undertones.
In Un Air de Bretagne, the cypress absolute was carefully selected for its resinous facets, which balance the salty power of the fragrance's core. It was also chosen for its unusual scent of oakmoss, largely present in the Brittany forests.
"Marbling allows to paint the paper, and to transform colours into crashing sea waves, into marble patterns, into extravagant bird plumages and into all other sorts of figures..." Athanasius Kircher Rome, 1646.
The Marble Paper
The Marble Paper
The marbled paper box visually distinguishes the Landscapes collection fragrances from the rest of our perfumes.
Marble papers are colourful sheets of papers that were once used as a flyleaf for books in the old days. Placed between the leather cover and the printed paper, they were beautifully protecting the content of the book.
<< It is so-called simply because it imitates the pattern of marble. […] Whether they are simple or complex, marble papers always call for imagination and a true know-how from the marbler, the artisan who makes them to ornament books. The technique consists of making colours float at the surface of a liquid, then delicately transferring these onto a sheet of paper. >>
Extract from: The marbled paper, history and craft, Marie-Ange Douzy – Stéphane Ipert