In the Soul of Haute-Provence
Grasse is the cradle of perfumery and produces some of the highest quality raw materials in the world, this beautiful region welcomes us all in its embrace of precious flowers and ageless aromas. The “Maître Gantiers” manufactured gloves, fans and other perfumed accessories for the Royal Houses of Renaissance Europe. In 2018, UNESCO accredited the Art of Perfumery in Grasse World Heritage Status in light of their exceptional knowledge associated with cultivating ingredients and for the art of perfume composition.
Perris Monte Carlo's desire was to create a fragrance which represents the history and unique craftsmanship of Grasse enabling everyone to enjoy the quality and true greatness of the art of French perfumery. To achieve this, Gian Luca Perris selected a protagonist of suitable grandeur: Jean Claude Ellena.
Many of you know Jean Claude Ellena from the masterpieces he has created (among others: Van Cleef & Arpels First, Cartier Déclaration, Bulgari Thé Vert, Hermès Terre de Hermès and Jardin sur le Nil). However, not everyone knows his whole story: as a child he harvested jasmine and roses with his grandmother, then he started working in the factories producing essential oils and absolutes, on top of it all he then became a master of the art of perfume composition. Jean Claude Ellena has experienced first-hand all of the elements that made Grasse a heritage of humanity.
“...I lead them to Tanneron, on the other side of the moors, on a day of howling wind, and vibrant sun. The passageway runs in the sky amidst an opulent landscape with slopes that fade away under the mimosas. I came home with yellow spots dancing in front of my eyes and a whirlwind of light inside me.”
The Mimosa arrived in Provence in the middle of 19th century. Blossoming in the heights of the trees around Hyde Park and The Cristal Palace. A British family asked to plant this elegant tree on the French Riviera where they would spend the winter months. Unintentionally, the demand for the mimosa flowers became so great that they were inevitably planted in Tanneron. Mimosa extract first appeared in perfumery in the 1940s. Since its arrival in perfumery, Mimosa can often be found in the most famous and prestigious compositions.
Mimosa Tanneron can be described as an ode to tenderness, sweetness, and the sensations of blossoming love.
"Lavender is the soul of Haute-Provence”
At harvest time, evenings are filled with its aroma… and the sunset is coloured by the newly cut flowers strewn over the fields. The humble alembics installed near the reservoirs glow with red flames into the night. Lavender is so connected to Provence that often farmers don’t realise that it was introduced during the Roman invasion which gave this region the designation of ‘Provincia Romana’ from which its name derives.
Jean loved the strength of these landscapes and the beauty of the lavender fields where flocks of blue butterfly’s float in the air. To bring this scene to life, he composed Lavande Romaine a joyful fragrance that dances and sings a summer tune.
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