August 30 2014

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The Scent Of Summers On The Cape


Since I discovered its Kobé fragrance about two years ago, which boasts subtle traces of crystallized ginger, coriander root, and sweet fig, French ceramics and fine-fragrance purveyor Astier de Villatte’s scented candles are the only scented candles I burn in my apartment—which is saying something, as the arsenal of perfumed luminary options that line the shelves of the beauty closet is impressive. It’s legendary perfumer Francis Caron’s light yet experienced hand that makes them so special—and Emilie Mazeaud, Ivan Pericoli, and Benoît Astier de Villatte’s dedication to paying homage to “the most magical places in the world” through fragrance that further transforms each of the brand’s perfume profiles into a veritable olfactory journey.

In keeping with the tradition of dedicating their scents to exotic locales, team ADV has partnered with interiors expert and decoupage master John Derian to launch the latest in its series of destination-based candles: Provincetown. “We talked about the things that I loved, and my biggest inspiration was being in Provincetown,” Derian explained last night at a party to fete the collaboration at his as-yet-unfinished East Village store that will officially open this summer. “I was taking a walk with some friends one winter, and we could smell ice blowing off the ocean and spring at the same time. It was a sort of nothing smell. And that’s kind of what I wanted,” he continued of the candle, which comes in three different vessels—two printed ceramic containers designed by Derian, as well as Astier’s classic glass goblet—and is meant to resemble the aroma of the Cape Cod beach town where he has a house and a retail location. Caron’s interpretation of this “nothing smell” features hints of star anise, basil, Italian bergamot, Texan cedar, eucalyptus, fennel, and peppermint for a unique offering that does in fact make the mind wander to thoughts of sea, sand, and a long stroll along the famous dunes in P-town, as it’s called by those in the know. “We’ve never been, but we’re going to go maybe this summer,” Mazeaud said of some East Coast-via-Paris travel plans that are in the works. They’d certainly have one hell of a tour guide in Derian.

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Photo: Courtesy of Astier de Villatte

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