5 posts tagged "Astier de Villatte"
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 Style.com 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.
From $83, available May 2013 at www.johnderian.com.
There are certain parts of my beauty-heavy existence that my s.o. tolerates in our apartment, and others he’s less excited about. My lipstick and skincare bounty—as long as it is contained to my office area—is fine by him; any semblance of excessively fragrant room sprays, diffusers, or candles is another story. Or so he thought before I introduced him to Astier de Villatte.The Parisian ceramics specialist and fine stationery purveyor started selling home fragrances in hand lotion, soap, incense, candle, and even eraser form four years ago when product designer Emilie Mazeaud joined founders Ivan Pericoli and Benoít Astier de Villatte and brought the perfuming services of famed nose Françoise Caron with her. Their collective scent library, which is noteworthy for its unique compositions that are never overbearing, includes a wide variety of different aromas that are each named for “the most magical places in the world,” according to Mazeaud—like Kobe, the southeastern Japanese city that overlooks Osaka Bay and inspired the crystallized ginger, coriander root, and fig bougie that we like to burn in our house after it’s been given a thorough clean. It’s facing some stiff competition from ADV’s latest releases, though, which include Marienbad, a green tea, cardamom, sandalwood, and white musk-tinged homage to the Czech spa town of the same name, and my new reigning favorite, Stockholm, a Scandinavian tribute that features fresh essences of aloe, clove, myrrh, and vetiver. My s.o. is traveling at the moment but will no doubt be pleased to find it burning when he returns home—once I’ve organized the makeup, clothes, and shoes that have traveled well beyond their designated areas since he’s been gone, that is.
Astier de Villatte’s gorgeous ceramics and artful stationery have made it a must-see tourist destination in Paris and a favorite haunt for locals, too. But the adorable store received a big boost in business when Emilie Mazeaud came on board and introduced ADV’s cult-hit collection of scented candles and colognes four years ago. “We used to sell scented candles from another brand in our shop in Paris, and one day we decide to make our own,” the L’Ecole Camono and Central Saint Martins-trained product designer recalls of the catalyst that led her to enlist the services of renowned perfumer Françoise Caron, whom she met through her mother, Sophie Mazeaud, the former beauty editor at French Vogue. The collection of “scented objects,” as Mazeaud likes to call them, also includes covetable aromatic erasers in addition to a choice selection of incense, hand cream, and soap, all of which are meant to capture an olfactory journey to “the most magical places in the world.” Needless to say, the girl’s got good taste. Here, as PFW officially gets under way, Mazeaud dishes on her statement scents, where to go for trustworthy trims while in town, and a French pharmacy address you’re going to want to write down.
The Best Way to Burn One Down: Astier de Villatte
“My favorite candles at this time (because it changes) are Alger, which is like wild jasmine flowers having been exposed and heated under the sun, and Namche Bazar, which is a village located in the Sagarmatha Zone of northeastern Nepal. At 3,440 meters, it is the gateway to the high Himalayas. I love the name and the black tea with a touch of tobacco. It makes me dream of beautiful mountains.”
173 Rue St. Honoré, Paris, 33-1-42-60-74-13; also available for $75 each at www.barneys.com.
The House of Hair: L’Atelier de Donato
“[Donato] is a friend now. I am always happy when he cuts my hair, so I always go back there.”
207 Rue St. Honoré, Paris, 33-1-40-20-45-18.
The Lip Saver: Chanel Paris
“I like the color, the texture, and the packaging of Chanel [makeup], especially the Lèvres Scintillantes gloss.”
Les Mains Event: Aesop Aromatique Hand Balm
“All the skincare from Sisley is very good quality, and I love the hand cream from Aesop. It has a beautiful texture, delicious smell, and beautiful packaging.”
Still stuck on what to buy for everyone on your list? Our favorite insiders share their picks for the best beauty gifts of the season. Ready, set, online shop.
Who: Nonie Creme, the nail art phenom who plays creative director for hip
lacquer brand Butter London.
What: “For my best girlfriends: Sephora makeup. Each girl gets a Champagne flute filled with a selection of beauty goodies and a baby bottle of Champagne that I then wrap in colorful cellophane with a bow. This year I bought gift sets of lip gloss and eye pencils at Sephora, then divided them up. My numero uno hubby is getting a Clarisonic—a manly, graphite one, with a corresponding face wash from Jack Black because frankly, I’m sick of watching him grind my pretty pink Mia into his beard stubble (ew).”
Sephora Ultra Shine Mini Lip Gloss Set, $22, and Sephora Nano Eyeliner Set,
$20, www.sephora.com; Clarisonic Skin Care Brush, $195, and Jack Black Daily
Facial Cleanser, $18, www.nordstrom.com.
Who: Kilian Hennessy, the always impeccably groomed and outfitted perfumer behind the eponymous By Kilian luxury fragrance line.
What: “By Kilian solid perfumes come in every scent of the L’Oeuvre Noire collection, so they are a great gift for anyone. I will give it to my two sisters for when they are out and about in Paris. The compact doesn’t scratch and is small enough to fit in their purses; plus it has a gorgeous mirror for touch-ups. For my business partner, Elisabeth Jones, I’m getting Fresh Brown Sugar—she is crazy about it! It offers her a luxurious way to wake up in the morning and I love the sweet smell all day. Who knows, maybe Santa will bring her the Brown Sugar Affair gift set.”
With the Paris shows officially over and done with, we are leaving the City of Light today with only a few regrets—not buying that second winter coat from Sandro (stupid!) and sleeping through the good, morning hours at Porte de Cligancourt on Sunday, among them. Failing to make it to Astier de Villatte also ranks up there on the top of the list. The ceramic studio turned hot bed for all manner of beautiful stationery and a certain cult-favorite dish soap, Ivan Pericoli and Benoît Astier de Villatte’s shop on Rue Saint-Honoré expanded into the wild world of fragrance three years ago with the help of their associate Emilie Mazeaud and perfumer Françoise Caron, debuting a gorgeous collection of well-thought-out perfumes, oils, incense, and incredibly innovative scented erasers, which make a fantastic gift for the sketch artist in your life. Fans of the brand increasingly visit the store for its range of aromatic candles, though, which are meant to capture the essence of a specific destination through scent. Their latest releases include Quebec, which features hints of Amerindian incense, a.k.a. “sweet grass” in homage to the Canadian city’s quaint country homes and secret gardens; Yakushima, an ode to the rain forest island off the coast of Japan that’s meant to smell like its lush foliage of cedar tress, rare moss, and wild azaleas; Zermatt, an alpine berry assemblage inspired by the snowy Swiss ski destination; Cabourg, which is laden with the wisteria and jasmine that inspired Proust during his stay at the seaside resort in Normandy; and Broadway, a caramel-y, effervescent offering that bears a close resemblance to cola, that quintessentially American beverage. Luckily for us, all five will debut at Barneys this month—which means speed-shopping through Charles de Gaulle in search of some last-minute souvenirs from abroad will not be necessary.
Astier de Villatte Naples ceramic candles, $120 each, available mid-October at www.barneys.com.