One thing about me. I am fascinated, intrigued, some might say obsessed with fragrance. I am probably one of the few ladies in Vancouver to love perfume so much, as more than just a beauty product but as a complex and emotionally impacting art form (the sense of smell is the sense that is most closely linked to the part of our brain that stores our memories – very scientifically put, I know). There are a few scents that are closest to my heart and that really emotionally affect me – briar rose, violets, the smell of the ocean, the smell of coniferous trees (I am a B.C girl after all) lavender and cinnamon. In other words, the smells of Mayne Island with its wild roses, the holiday season and one of my favorite countries on earth, France.
When I was sixteen I was lucky enough to go to France on a school trip (no Science World for me hey, my field trip was trans-Atlantic) and we went everywhere from Paris, to Normandy to Brittany and the D-Day beaches. A highlight of the trip was when we stopped in Grasse to visit the Fragonard perfume house. There we were able to see the old methods of creating fragrances (Fragonard was founded in 1926) and we were able to smell essences and test our abilities to decipher different essences by smelling them with blindfolds on. I bought two fragrances while I was there – Etoile (refreshing, citrusy an aquatic – the upgraded more refined Dolce and Gabbana “Light Blue” in my opinion with notes of green apple and lemon) and Juste Un Baiser (fitting for my sixteen year old self, but much too sweet for me now with its juicy, syrupy blend of strawberry, blackberry, mandarin, pear and vanilla). The fragrance that I really fell in love with after leaving the Fragonard factory was “Marche Aux Fleurs” when our tour guide gave each of us a sample of it.
Top Notes: Melon, Black Currant
Heart: Sweet Pea, Lily-of-the-Valley, Peach, Jasmine, Orange Blossom
Its a very light floral fragrance, slightly green and subtly sweet because of the peach, melon and black-currant. It really does smell like France to me, the fragrant country side and its abundance of flowers. Several of these notes (melon, black-currant, lily-of-the-valley, and peach) are in Guerlain’s tribute to France’s Champs Elysees as well, although this Marche aux Fleurs is much more airy, natural and reminiscent of the gardens in France in my opinion. I am definitely going to have to add this baby to my extensive fragrance collection.