Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of spending time with Henri de Pierrefeu of Jovoy Paris
and my good friend, Ulrich Lang
, of Anvers and Anvers 2. It was a day of education. Learning the intricacies of mixing scents to make a fragrance what it is.
Perfume is truly personal, just like style
. It's also emotional. A fragrance tells a story. And you control the story you want to tell. That's what makes perfume so unique, both to you, as the end user, and to the people around you who encounter the fragrance.
Perfume is comprised of layers. Starting with a foundation, layers and layers are added until it is just right. Top notes,
or head notes, dominate during the application of perfume on the skin. They give that first impression, and last a few minutes to a few hours. Heart notes
can be sensed after the top note dissipates and last anywhere from 2 to 10 hours. Base notes,
or bottom notes, represent the final phase of the perfume, after the evaporation of top and heart notes. They can last for days.
Interesting is the story of Jovoy Paris, a Parisian perfume house founded by Blanche Arvoy in 1923. Just recently, the vintage perfumes were revived by a sister, brother, and a cousin: François Henin, Henri de Pierrefeu, and Marie-Laure de Rodellec. The trio launched a series of 7 perfumes, Les Sept Parfums Capitaux. While they are humorously referred to as the seven deadly sins, the name also translates to the seven very important perfumes. They include: Héspéridés
comprised of lemon, bergamot, orange,
includes powdery notes by combining florals (iris, violet, ylang-ylang), vanilla (Tonka bean or vanilla), and musk; Fougère
is modern and sporty, on the masculine side; Boisé
is woodsy with roots and bark essences; Marine
is clean and fresh (think ocean); Oriental
includes fruity notes with the sensual sweetness of flowers, and the warmth of amber and vanilla; Chypre
is a floral with a light blend of amber, patchouli and vetiver. My favorite thing to do is mix two or three of the scents together to create my own unique perfume. My favorite: Fougère, Boisé and Oriental - in that order.Ulrich Lang
created two amazing fragrances for men
, Anvers and Anvers 2 (though, Anvers 2 can definitely be classified as a shared fragrance
), along with a scented candle
that is so delightful. For Anvers, the top notes include bergamot, lime and tangerine highlighted with sage, mint and basil. The heart notes are violet, jasmine, geranium leaves warmed with sesame and honey. And the base notes are of leather and moss interwoven with sheer ambers and precious woods and a hint of guava.
Anvers 2 is comprised of bergamot, lime, lemon, black pepper, rhubard and cypress as the top notes. The heart notes are bulgarian rose, jasmine, lily, mimosa, blond woods and vetiver. And the base notes include tonka bean, vanilla, amber, musk, olibanum and oak moss.
You can see how much love and labor goes into creating fragrance masterpieces. It made my head spin! I walked away with a true appreciation for the perfumers — and the respect and consideration that goes into designing something with the individual in mind ... you!
Jovoy and Anvers are exclusive to Jeffre Scott Apothecary
here in Charlotte. However, you can find a location near you online. I encourage you to explore and have fun!