L'Artisan are launching new collection of home fragrances this October: La Collection de Grasse (The Grasse Collection). The home fragrance collection features two scents - L’Automne (autumn/fall) and L’Hiver (winter), with spring and summer variants to launch in 2013. The company are also launching scented leather gloves, perfumed with its Mûre et Musc Extrême fragrance.
The L’Automne and L’Hiver candles are said to "transport you to the Grasse back-country, creating a warm and cosy atmosphere for your home, redolent of the seasons". The candles are housed in a handmade vessel created by ceramic masters, based in the Chaozhou region of China.
The L’Automne candle recreates this special muffled atmosphere, where leaves on the ground soften the sound of footsteps. The air is getting fresher, and more humid, the light is getting paler, comforting as the wind picks up. At first, we detect a lavender note, which carries us into the countryside, then chestnut, caramel and blackcurrant notes. Finally, a cedar and lichen accord brings to a close this promenade in the Grasse back-country.
The L’Hiver candle is highly-evocative. Imagine being by a burning fireplace, safely tucked-up inside, when all outside is cold and dark. At L’Artisan Parfumeur, the winter season is often a time for reunions with those you love, moments filled with emotion. So, the ingredients were chosen with great care: clary sage, married with notes of pine and fir tree from around Grasse, to create this welcoming wintry scene.
The company are also producing gloves scented with Mûre et Musc Extrême. The history of perfume has ties with glove making, as the company explain:
In the 17th Century, the profession of perfumer was officially called “master glove-maker and perfumer.” To lay claim to this prestigious title, four years of training were required. At that time, gloves were the principal means of fragrancing. Indeed, to mask unpleasant smells, the gloves were impregnated in floral water. In this way, the fashion for scented gloves saw the two professions reach new heights.
L’Artisan Parfumeur has worked in collaboration with renowned glove-maker, Causse, to fuse the savoir-faire of the perfumer with that of the glove-maker. This novel partnership references the origins of perfumery, when perfumers were also tanners, working to conceal the odours of the tan yards. In Autumn 2012, L’Artisan Parfumeur revisits this near-forgotten tradition, with its scented leather gloves: marrying heritage and modernity.
To ensure the scent of the fragrance was faithful L’Artisan Parfumeur created a perfume concentrate specifically for the perfuming of the gloves. The process of ‘scenting’ the leather was developed after extensive research by L’Artisan Parfumeur. The leather (the ‘raw skin’) is soaked for four hours in a very specific mixture of nourishing oils and the specially-developed Mûre et Musc Extrême concentrate. This process softens and scents the leather. The leather is then removed from the mixture and placed in a special drying-room, to be left to dry overnight. The mixture of oils and the Mûre et Musc Extrême concentrate results in the leather of the gloves being elegantly perfumed for around three years. The gloves can also be re- scented using the Eau de Parfum Mûre et Musc Extrême, without staining the leather.
The candles will be available from October in L’Artisan Parfumeur boutiques, concessions and website. 200g (60 hours burn time) for €55; and 1.5kg (over 100 hours burn time) for €220. The gloves will be in a limited edition of 100 pairs at selected L'Artisan boutiques for €320.