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Sylvaine Delacourte at Indigo
Sylvaine Delacourte's new Vanilla Collection has arrived at Indigo Perfumery!
Sylvaine Delacourte chose to work with natural vanilla beans and not with synthetics. Madagascar’s vanilla was used for its depth and its distinguished, faceted aspect.
The fleshy vanilla pod from Madagascar isnot sweet- in fact, it is enveloping and sensual, with notes of milk, honey, amber, wood, leather, animal and rum.
Taking 18 months to go from blossom to a perfume-ready pod, vanilla is the most expensive spice in the world next to saffron, and its price has multiplied tenfold in the past 4 years.
Sylvaine Delacourte was the former Director of Olfactory Evaluation at the venerable Guerlain (and the only female director in 180 years).
She embarked on perfumery fervently and completely; her love for beautiful ingredients defined the path that led her to create pure bottled emotion.
After several years as Fragrance Director at Maison Guerlain, she wanted to share her vision of tenderness and serenity via her first collection. This collection is “her”: sweet, complete, generous.
Sylvaine Delacourte has opened the doors to her world for us, playing with textures and contrasts. This is a unique, addictive olfactory experience.
The first collection, La Collection Muscs, features ONE star ingredient, MUSK.
Ms. Delacourte describes the challenge she faced:
" For this first collection, I wanted to bring to light ONE star ingredient.
It is embracing, it combines comfort and sensuality: it is musk, a pashmina in perfume form.
The caressing effect of musk – or rather musks – is rich in nuances, in diverse evocations:
rice vapour, cleanliness, raspberry, talc, the smell of the skin.
My first challenge was to give these notes persistence, but also to allow them to diffuse a little, swelling or soaring.
My second challenge was to give each perfume a different face, to find the characteristics that express their unique personalities.
The perfumes are personified, created like portraits, with a face, a name. The inspiration came from a visit to the Palazzo Farnese in Rome. A painting I saw summed up all the ideas of a perfume-portrait.
The beautiful bottles nestle in the palm of the hand. The bottles lay in a metallic copper box, matching the cap, which can be reused forever. The box around the band is decorated with drawings of the raw ingredients of each scent. Inside the box, there is a portrait drawn by a young designer, a glimpse of the painting that I discovered in Rome."