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  1. The jungle mountain

    Smelling Jungle Tiger and Jungle Elephant together, it's evident they are two sides of the same mountain. Each has its own character but they are clearly elements of the same body. And what's more, it's clear that the peak of Dominique Ropion's prodigious talent, for this time, rested above and beyond, in the clouds.

    Updated 15th March 2020 at 02:41 PM by Wild Gardener

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  2. La fougère est morte, vive la fougère

    Fougère Royale was of course the original fougère. It was not only the first example of the genre but also one of the first fantasy perfumes - abstract creations that don't draw their inspiration from nature.

    Paul Parquet's great and novel idea was to create a perfume structure based on the contrasts and harmonies of three different materials : the fresh aromatic smell of lavender, the sweet and powdery hay-like odour of coumarin and the resinous dark orange of bergamot.
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    Updated 7th December 2019 at 08:16 AM by Wild Gardener

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  3. Un pays de sauvages

    Taking to the air, we scent the gardens of Sicily ... cedrat and mandarin,
    and wild flowers that strew the rocky slopes.

    And then, in a wing beat, we're over the high peaks and into the mountains
    where wild grown lavender and herbs are found,
    and we breathe in the rough bark moss
    and soft rose de mai, narcisse.


    Where does this warm base come from? so deep and so lightly floral?
    nobody knows. Only, it's a land of goats, ...

    Updated 11th December 2019 at 07:46 AM by Wild Gardener

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  4. Femme

    Not exactly Egghead Weds Hourglass but not far from it; Peaches and Cream Floral meets Cumin Leather Chypre. The contrast is extreme, the balance precarious and perfect. This was only the third perfume by Roudnitska and already a first masterpiece.

    Roudnitska wasn't content with turning out mere pretty perfume, he liked to use odd themes in his work, and in Femme the stone he threw into the pool was cumin.

    Femme is a lactonic, pink fruity floral with a dark bitter ...

    Updated 29th June 2019 at 05:21 PM by Wild Gardener

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  5. Notes from the Osmothèque : Speed dating Roudnitska

    Going to an Osmothèque conference is like speed dating an oeuvre, you get a few minutes with a smelling strip before the next one comes along and the flow can go on for an hour or more. You can only get the most general idea of a perfume at the time, but at the end of the evening the smelling strips are all lined up in their paper sleeves ready to take away and work on later. The perfumes are all reconstructions, and as the Osmothèque doesn't give out vials it's impossible to try them on skin. A ...

    Updated 30th June 2019 at 02:38 PM by Wild Gardener

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