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July 29 2014

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2 posts tagged "Daniela Andrier"

Margiela Does Fragrance, The Beauty World Rejoices

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First came the renovations on that Ile aux Oiseaux suite at Les Sources de Caudalie Spa in Bordeaux. Now the new Maison Martin Margiela—which is operating sans its namesake founder—is launching a perfume. Staying true to its no-label approach, the brand’s first scent is simply called Untitled. Created by Firmenich perfumer Daniela Andrier—she of Gucci Rush for men fame as well as the nose behind Prada’s latest scent offering, L’Eau Ambrée—the unisex fragrance “can be worn by anyone, anywhere,” or so says its press release. Based around green floral notes, the eau includes hints of galbanum, incense, and bitter orange, and while it won’t launch stateside until the spring, it will have its world-exclusive preview at Colette next week on the 25th. Set your phone alarms.

Photo: Courtesy of L’Oréal

Aromatherapy, The Exhibit

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Fragrance has come to symbolize an instrument of attraction, something you can simply spritz on to stimulate your own senses—or those of the attractive guy you see on the subway every morning (you know who you are). However, the curative nature of certain essences has long been the subject of much study and intrigue. Predating the crystal-toting hippie healers that you may associate with the concept of aromatherapy, European monasteries and royal courts have had gardens devoted to raising plants for use in medicinal perfumes for centuries. It’s all detailed in author Annick Le Guérer’s new book Quand le Parfum Portait Remède: Jardins des Cloîtres, Jardins des Princes (When Perfume Cured: Gardens of the Cloisters and Princes), which is the impetus for an exhibit currently taking place at Musée Saint-Antoine de l’Abbaye in Paris. Givaudan perfumer Daniela Andrier and International Flavors & Fragrance’s (IFF) Dominique Ropion re-created 14 plant-based fragrances with reported health benefits from recipes dating from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century—six of which are also mentioned in Le Guerer’s tome. The exhibit runs through November and is definitely worth, er, sniffing out, if you’re in Paris for the shows and beyond.

Photo: Courtesy of Garde-Temps