A word from the Nose... In 1973, as a young perfumer, just arriving in New York, my first assignment was to create a fragrance for the House of Houbigant with...
A word from the Nose... In 1973, as a young perfumer, just arriving in New York, my first assignment was to create a fragrance for the House of Houbigant with the help of an American colleague. The House wanted a classic perfume “à la française”, the name would be unveiled later. At the time, Houbigant was a popular House endowed with a beautiful distribution. The classics in the 70s were Caleche, Madame Rochas, No. 5, Arpege, Shalimar and l’Heure Bleue. These perfumes have survived over the years and defied the ravages of time with their imperious presence. I always preferred florals to orientals, preferring the caress of flowers to the voluptuousness of amber. I was going to create for Houbigant, a French classic. This archetype is based on three evocations of flowers: rose, jasmine and lily of the valley. These are the flowers that are found in the perfumes I just mentioned, apart from those of Guerlain. This was to be the perfect harmony and assured taste with no audacity, or transgression but the passion of the years before May, 1968. In realizing my dreams, I had to demonstrate the years of workmanship I had acquired. I was going to do so by composing Essence Rare.