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Your personal escape. A luxurious bath to calm and sooth. Light a candle scented to fit any mood and drift away. French perfume history goes back centuries. France continues to create some of the most memorable fragrances in the world. Fragrance candle light can dramatically alter your mood. Create your own home spa and escape. You deserve it. Scroll down for the history of perfume, perfume classics and new introductions or go directly to  Pursoma, Albeit, Guerlain, French Perfume, Diptyque Fragrance and Scented Candles

Baudelaire

Formed in 1987, Baudelaire was established to bring high-quality, handmade soaps and skincare products-crafted in Europe with authentic local traditions-to an American public. Bolstered by artisans on this side of the Atlantic, the brand continues to source from many of the same apothecaries, laboratories and workshops today.

Slide View: 1: Baudelaire Sisal Wash Cloth Slide View: 1: Baudelaire Small Wool Sponge Slide View: 1: Baudelaire Sisal Body Scrubber
Baudelaire Sisal Wash Cloth Baudelaire Small Wool Sponge Baudelaire Sisal Body Scrubber
For those seeking a kinder, gentler exfoliant, this sisal cloth is ideal for a light facial scrub. Need more scrubbing power? Add this natural sea wool sponge to your skincare arsenal. Once considered a luxury to the ancient Romans, these bacteria- resistant scrubbers produce a rich lather while thoroughly cleansing the body. Naturally derived sea wool. USA For those in need of a dry-skin-sloughing, full-body scrub, this all-over wash cloth is your new go-to.


Slide View: 1: Baudelaire Cedar Bath Brush Slide View: 1: Baudelaire Cedar Nail Brush Slide View: 1: Baudelaire Cedar Complexion Brush
Baudelaire Cedar Bath Brush Baudelaire Cedar Nail Brush Baudelaire Cedar Complexion Brush
This whole-body bath brush stimulates circulation and good health, making your evening soak the essential means to glowing skin. Crafted to gently cleanse and massage the hands and feet, this boar-bristled brush will leave your skin glowing from palm to fingertip and from heel to toe. Designed for deep cleaning the face and neck, this brush provides a gentle massage to promote a dewy, healthy complexion.

Albeit

A Middle English term meaning "although it be," Albeit is devoted to everyday glamour and the belief that confidence is a woman's greatest accessory. The line invokes the Art Deco style of the 1920s and 30s, with products inspired by the romance, elegance, functionality and modernity of the era.

Slide View: 1: Albeit Contour Kit Slide View: 1: Albeit Shimmer Palette Slide View: 1: Albeit Powder Brush
Albeit Contour Kit Albeit Shimmer Palette Albeit Powder Brush
This all-in-one highlighting and contour kit consists of three universal, blendable mineral powders that sculpt and bronze your facial features for refined and flattering definition. Bamboo powder and spherical silica create excellent glide in application, absorb excess oil and provide a radiant, velvety matte finish. This all-in-one blush and bronzer kit consists of three universal, blendable mineral powders that create a lustrous, sun-kissed, oh-so-flattering glow. Master artful powder application with non-porous bristles designed with a full shape for an even dusting.


Slide View: 1: Albeit All Over Face Brush Slide View: 1: Albeit Buffing Brush Slide View: 1: Albeit Contour & Cheek Brush
Albeit All Over Face Brush Albeit Buffing Brush Albeit Contour & Cheek Brush
Equal parts fluffy and rotund, this powder player seamlessly sweeps on dry foundation, setting powder and bronzer. A true utility player for creating a flawless face, this makeup bag must-have expertly applies powder and liquid foundation in equal measure. This multitasking tool features tapered, shortened bristles that make applying powders, creams and even liquid blush and bronzer a breeze.


Slide View: 1: Albeit Shimmer Stick Slide View: 1: Albeit Foundation Brush Slide View: 2: Albeit Cheek Stick
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Adds a sheer, luminous glow to cheeks, eyes, lips and body Apply your favorite liquid or cream-based concealers and primers with ease - this tool's arc-shaped bristles are designed for optimal blending. This translucent gel stick will have you looking askance at your powder blush. Silicone powder allows for a soft application and a silky feel, while a luminous gel structure leaves your face dewy and flushed. Dab and blend for easy sculpting and instant touch-ups.


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Albeit Lipstick Albeit Lip Scrub
Albeit Nourishing Lip Balm
Albeit Lip Balm Tube
Blended with moisturizing argan oil and antioxidant-rich vitamin E, this lightweight formula can be swiped on for a luminous splash of color, or layered for a high-impact pout. This unique lip treatment exfoliates with sugar crystals and moisturizes with argan oil and aloe, giving your lips a soft and healthy glow. Blended with argan and marula oils, this luxurious formula creates a soft, glowy pout. Blended with argan and marula oils - and packaged in an easy-application tube - this luxurious formula creates a soft, glowy pout.

Pursoma

Since 2014, the wellness gurus at Pursoma have offered a wide range of products that relieve the stress our minds and bodies endure every day. Each detoxifying mask, scrub and soak draws upon centuries of Ayurvedic and holistic medicine to rejuvenate from the inside out. France

Pursoma Apres Savasana Soak Pursoma Hot Tub Bath Pursoma Detox Beauty Jute Dry Brush
Pursoma Apres Savasana Soak Pursoma Hot Tub Bath Pursoma Detox Beauty Jute Dry Brush
Thoughtfully crafted for a post-yoga soak, this all-natural blend replenishes nutrients, centers the mind and restores tranquility to the spirit. Each steam-distilled, aromatic blend - including juniper berry, frankincense and cedarwood - is chosen for its ability to guide one's thoughts to stillness, quiet and peace. This purifying treatment is particularly apt at countering the onset of a seasonal cold or flu. Mineral-rich sea salt and pure montmorillonite clay draw toxins from the pores, while organic ginger root powder has a soothing, warming effect. This all-natural, easy-to-use body scrubber is crafted with ethically harvested jute to stimulate blood flow, promote detoxification and reduce dryness. We recommend using for five minutes a day - before bathing or showering - to enhance the effects of your cleansers, oils and treatments.


Pursoma Minerals De Mer Body Soak Slide View: 1: Pursoma Resurrection Bath Slide View: 1: Pursoma Digital Detox Bath
Pursoma Minerals De Mer Body Soak Pursoma Resurrection Bath Pursoma Digital Detox Bath
Rich minerals harvested from the seashore of Brittany, France offer the opportunity to cleanse the body of toxins and restore spiritual balance and peace of mind. Atlantic kelp contains fatty acids that hydrate dry skin, while potent algae extracts work to nourish and soothe from head to toe. Crafted from raw, pure ingredients harvested in France, this deeply revitalizing bath treatment nourishes, hydrates and soothes. Its unique formula features single origin montmorollite clay to absorb toxic buildup, sea salt to stimulate circulation and soothing spirulina to restore vitality with every soak. Crafted with two purifying French ingredients - green clay and hand-harvested grey sea salt - this deeply revitalizing bath treatment nourishes, hydrates and soothes as you unplug and unwind. Its unique formula features single-origin montmorollite clay to absorb toxic buildup while sea salt stimulates circulation.

Guerlain

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Guerlain Imperial Bee Spray Bottle, 3.4 fl.oz. Guerlain Imperial Bee Bottle, 16.9 fl.oz.
Regal and aristocratic, this subtle blend was distilled by Pierre-Francois-Pascal Guerlain for the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, and led to his appointment as purveyor of fine fragrances to the Emperor. As tribute to its royal inspiration, the bottle bears the Imperial Bee of the Napoleonic crest. Notes: Rosemary, Lavender, Neroli, Citrus. Regal and aristocratic, this subtle blend was distilled by Pierre-Francois-Pascal Guerlain for the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, and led to his appointment as purveyor of fine fragrances to the Emperor. As tribute to its royal inspiration, the bottle bears the Imperial Bee of the Napoleonic crest. Notes: Rosemary, Lavender, Neroli, Citrus. Style: A stimulating and elegant fragrance.


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Guerlain Les Parisiennes Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum, 125 mL Guerlain Les Délices De Bain Shower Gel, 6.7 oz.
All of the charm and impertinence of a young Parisienne. Smart, elegant and carefree, she exudes a certain je-ne-sais-quoi that makes her absolutely irresistible. An olfactory composition full of contrasts, in which fresh green and lively citrus notes are gently rounded out by softer marshmallow and white musk. The fragrance is showcased in the iconic Bee bottle. Green Floral Mischievous, delicate, radiant.  Guerlain shower gel Les Délices de Bain, with its delicious musky citrus scent, transforms into luscious foam on contact with water. With its pure and refined lines, the bottle, created specially for this product line pays tribute to the famous Bee bottle. Les Délices de Bain line celebrates the art of a complete fragrance experience. Guerlain has created a body ritual for men and women alike.

French Perfume

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Hermès Concentré Eau de Pamplemousse Rose Eau de Toilette Natural Spray, 3.3 fl. oz. Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau de Parfum, 75 mL Hermès Le Jardin de Monsieur Li Eau de Toilette Spray, 1.6 oz.
With its classic approach favouring the liveliness and freshness of citrus fruits, Eau de pamplemousse rose is distinctive for the modern way it is written. The citrus theme of this novella, incarnated by grapefruit, takes on a new brilliance when it comes into contact with roses.  When gold meets fragrance.  Timeless, Feminine & Luminous Design Oh So Couture! White Flower Bouquet Jasmine Trio of Woods Patchouli Sandalwood & Vetyver A Gourmet Fruity Edge Mirabelle Plum "I remembered the smell of ponds, the smell of jasmine, the smell of wet stones, of plum trees, kumquats and giant bamboos. It was all there, and in the ponds there were even carp steadily working towards their hundredth birthday." Jean-Claude Ellena Le Jardin de Monsieur Li describes a Chinese garden somewhere between reality and imagination. A place for meditation where strolling is allied to thought, and every step sets the imagination free.

 

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Annick Goutal Petite Cherie Eau de Parfum, 100 mL Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue, 200 mL with Personalized Travel Spray, 30 mL Annick GoutalUn Matin d'Orage Eau de Parfum, 100 mL
The perfume that reveals the passionate nature of Annick Goutal for life. All the mystery of a heady chypre illuminated with Tuberose and Egyptian Jasmine. "It was the kind of moment you would want to revisit. Everyone was here, gathered on the terrace for breakfast, and the scent of fresh oranges was diffusing in the yellow heat. A symphony of their laughter and waves hitting the cliffs played in the air." Orange Sanguine, a zesty and energizing burst of crushed ripe fruit, plays off sweet blood orange juice against bitter orange peel and sensual notes of geranium.  A sensual and voluptuous perfume evoking the scent of a gardenia a few hours after the storm. An olfactory creation combining the sensuality of white flowers, the sweetness of vanilla and bewitching notes of tuberose.

Diptyque Fragrance and Scented Candles

When celebrities travel to Paris, they flock to the Left Bank to stock up on Diptyque candles. Diptyque produced its first handmade candles in 1963, infusing them with fresh botanical scents. Today, they're widely acknowledged to be one of the world's finest candles.

EDP L'Ombre Dans Leau, 75 mL Tuberose Large La Madeleine Candle, 200g
Diptyque EDP L'Ombre Dans Leau, 75 mL Tuberose Large La Madeleine Candle, 200g
A stroll through an English garden continues into the rose garden. On a bed of moss, the voluptuous, sensual Damask roses spread their petals, perched on their fresh stems. Enigmatic and beguiling, this heady flower deploys its captivating sensuality at dusk.  The three founders of Diptyque owned a property in Normandy known as "Les Lilas." Once they learned that it had been the post office that Marcel Proust used for his letters, an idea began to take shape—or rather, the scent of an idea. One of a tasty madeleine lemony, delicate and universally loved. Inspired by the famous creation from the house of Dax Cazelle, this porcelain vessel is hand-crafted making each piece unique.

 

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Ambre Room Spray, 5 oz. Eau des Sens Eau de Toilette, 100 mL
Diptyque Amber Room Spray: Unique notes, both subtle and enchantingly warm, woody, and leathery. Mythic, rare, and precious. Gold, incense, or aphrodisiac spice.  Eau des Sens confuses the senses, like a piece of music, radiating from the skin. A vital vibration in a harmony of orange blossom, bitter orange, juniper berries, angelica and patchouli.

 

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Ginger Room Spray, 5 oz. Eau des Sens Eau de Toilette, 50 mL Florabellio Eau de Toilette, 100 mL
The initial purity of freshly cut ginger envelops the senses completely. It can be used to make any room more vibrant and livelier. It can be used alone, as well as in a more confined space such as a wardrobe or luggage. Orange Blossom, Juniper Berries, Patchouli Eau des Sens confuses the senses, like a piece of music, radiating from the skin. A vital vibration in a harmony of orange blossom, bitter orange, juniper berries, angelica and patchouli. Florabellio is an olfactory landscape, a fragment of nostalgia, breaking through the barriers between memories and reality. A glimpse of nature, a path that leads from the woods to the shore. 

 

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Geranium Spray Eau de Toilette, 3.4 fl. oz. Diptyque  34 Le Redoute Candle, 220g Eau Plurielle Multiuse Fragrance, 200 mL
Geranium Odorata takes us into clusters of the crimson-coloured flowers whose springtime blossoming announces the arrival of a sunny season. The geranium is both a masculine and feminine flower, sharing some scents with the rose. It is bright, fresh, crisp and diverse. A reinterpretation of a mysterious potpourri that could be found in the original boutique when it first opened, Le Redouté fills the air with the scent of flowers and spices.  Cinnamon, clove and orange float on a warm breeze over a bed of roses, cedar and amber. It comes in a matte porcelain pot crafted entirely by hand using the "terre mêlée" (mixed clay) technique, meaning every piece is unique. A light mist, recalls the scent of fresh linen laid on a bed of ivy and Turkish roses held with seductive hesperidia and the quiet strength of musk and wood. This crisp elegant scent will delicately perfume both skin and fabric, as lovely lingering on your wrists as it is on your bed linens.


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Ceramic Figuier Scented Candle Green Figuier Scented Candle Ceramic Baies Scented Candle
Diptyque teamed up with Virebent, a well-known porcelain manufacturer established in 1924, to make its indoor/outdoor scented candle. Earthenware was chosen for its rustic touch and handcrafted look, and because it embodies and brings to life the brand's emblematic oval. This Diptyque candle is made exclusively by hand, and take no fewer than nine distinct operations. This five-wick Figuier-scented candle recalls the warmth of fig wood, the freshness of its leaves and the milky sap, prolonging the pleasure of Philosykos eau de toilette. The classic Figuier scent presented in a green glass container. Figuier recalls the warmth of fig wood, the freshness of its leaves and the milky sap. A companion to the Philosykos eau de toilette. Diptyque teamed up with Virebent, a well-known porcelain manufacturer established in 1924, to make its indoor/outdoor scented candle. Earthenware was chosen for its rustic touch and handcrafted look, and because it embodies and brings to life the brand's emblematic oval. This Diptyque candle is made exclusively by hand, and take no fewer than nine distinct operations. This five-wick Baies scented candle recalls a bouquet of roses and black currant leaves.

 

Perfume history goes back to the Cleopatra, Rome, Greece and the Far East. Francis I brought back Italian customs of wearing scent (1525) and Catherine de Medici brought her own perfumer to France. In the time of Louis XIV (1638-1715), France entered the competition and vied for control the trade with the East for spices and aromatics. They planted aromatics and under royal protection the French perfume industry was born and nurtured. His personal perfumer made a special scent for him each day. In Grasse, perfume existed since the Middle Ages to cover the odor of leather gloves, and was extended to soap made from olive oil produced there. Soon even wigs were powdered with fragrance. The 18th century popularized potpourri in Sèvres porcelain; eau de cologne (originally scented spirits brought back from Cologne during the Seven Years War); blending for more complex fragrances; and crystal perfume bottles. The industry declined during the French Revolution, but was enhanced by Napoleon both through organic chemistry and his own use of several bottles a day!

Perfume Basics: Fragrance consists of essential oils and alcohol. Essential oils carry the true scent and are costly. There are no international "rules" on definitions and required percentage of essential oil, but the concentration is progressively less from parfum (French)/perfume (highest), eau de parfum, eau de toilette, cologne (least), and the prices will reflect this. Body products ("fragrance layering") are good for your skin and make your fragrance last longer. Usually, body creme will be "perfumed" while other products are "fragranced."

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