I love a good perfume and I do have a collection. I think a scent reflects your mood and shows a part of your personality. It most definitely completes the outfit as well. So, when I knew I was making a trip down to learn all about Mr Christian Dior as well as the creative process and what goes into a bottle of perfume, I was thrilled.
Fontaines Parfumées is such a beautiful space. A little creative bubble, surrounded by a garden that has a few hundred different kinds of flowers and plants enveloping you with their beautiful scents. This is also where the master perfumer works, developing a scent that invokes a memory or tells a story.
Master Perfumer François Demachy actually remembers every scent sample in the library. That’s almost equivalent to someone knowing every word in the dictionary. A creator with such a specialized skill set, it’s not something anyone can do. There are probably many perfumers around the world, but a Master Perfumer, few and far between.
Clos de Callian, where the Grasse roses grow. We were a little early, before the May roses actually bloomed. But I saw the little tiny rose buds and there was this one bush with blooms. The roses were beautiful, with a distinct scent that I’ve never come across before.
It’s so absolutely amazing to be able to see how it all came to be. From the moment the seeds are planted, to how the essences are extracted, it all starts from a garden. I guess life can be a bed of roses for some of us.
Château de La Colle Noire, Mr Christian Dior’s abode. Stepping into such a personal space of his felt like I got to know this inspirational figure so much better. A creative genius, with designs always a step ahead of the times.