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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. Scented candles can dramatically alter your mood. Create your own home spa and escape. You deserve it. Scroll down to explore the possibilities or go directly to: Scented Candles, Illume, Lollia, Bastide, MOODCAST FRAGRANCE CO., Cire Trudon French Candles, Perfume History

Scented Candles and Diffusers

Hive & Wick Market Candle Metallic Matte Pillar Candle Illuminated Mushroom
Hand-poured into a textured ceramic vessel, this gourmand candle invites a scrumptious scent into your home. Sunday Morning Waffles (Gourmand Baked): Delicious-smelling baked apples combine with buttery pastry and warm notes of spiced oats and sweet caramel drizzles. Spiced Eggnog (Gourmand Spice): A rich and decadent medley of creamy cheesecake and pure vanilla joined by smooth buttercream, sweetened eggnog, and spicy nutmeg accents. Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (Gourmand Cinnamon): Scrumptious notes of rolled pastry dough dipped in spicy cinnamon and sweet vanilla bean layered with creamy butter and sparkling cane sugar. Toasted Macaroon (Gourmand Pastry): The delectable scent of sugary baked pastries, warmed with smooth vanilla, sweet cream, and hints of shredded coconut. This hand-poured metallic candle is fit for filling a lantern, accenting a dining table, or settling in on a mantelpiece. Large: 70-hour burn time Unscented paraffin wax blend; cotton candle wick Crafted of blown glass, this glowing mushroom adds a woodland touch to your interior decor. Line these toadstools across an entryway table or media console to create a twinkling wonderland for the season. Blown glass

 

Alexandra Candle Bubble Glass Candle, Honeysuckle Match Cloche
Night Gardenia (Floral Fruity): A delicate breeze of fragrant gardenia, salted guava, and soft tonka nestle within an unexpected warm musk base. Pumpkin & Sweet Vanilla (Gourmand Pumpkin): White pumpkin blends with toasted nutmeg, spiced cinnamon, and a pinch of sweet vanilla. Fig Tree (Fresh Green): A sophisticated essence of dark fig nectar and peppered cassis nestles within a base of leafy green vines and warm woods. Scented with notes of gardenia, ginger lilies, late spring honeysuckle, jasmine, clove, and ylang ylang, this candle is hand-poured into a bubble glass vessel. This elegant, hand-blown glass cloche comes filled with four-inch matches and a strike-on-bottle flint that ensures you always have a light ready. Paired with a candle, it makes a lovely housewarming gift that's both functional and a beautiful decor accent.

Illume

With a 20-year legacy, Minnesota-based fragrance label Illume is best known for its luxuriously-scented, clean-burning candles. Each signature scent is crafted by hand from all-natural, food-grade ingredients like coconut wax and essential oils, creating an inviting atmosphere wherever one is lit. 

Illume Mercury Glass Candle, Balsam + Cedar Illume Votive Gift Set of 3, Winter White Illume Votive Trio Gift Set, Balsam + Cedar
Packaged in a gift-ready art deco-inspired glass jar, this elegant blend of balsam and cedar is mingled with notes of cinnamon, oak moss, and eucalyptus for a festive, nostalgic aroma. Packaged in gift-ready textured metallic vessels, these votive candles have a warm, sparkling scent that's mingled with notes of white peppercorn, spicy cardamom and citrus for a festive, nostalgic aroma. Green and herbal, Illume's Balsam and Cedar scent carries notes of oak moss, cinnamon, and eucalyptus, making it a winter season favorite. Arrives in pretty packaging, making it a great gift.


Illume Iced Metal Candle, Balsam + Cedar Illume Iced Metallic Candle, Woodfire Illume Iced Metal Candle, Winter White
Packaged in a gift-ready textured metal vessel, this candle features a festive blend of rich oak moss, spicy cinnamon, and fresh eucalyptus. Packaged in a gift-ready textured metallic vessel, this seductive blend of cedar wood and smoke is mingled with notes of patchouli and warm vanilla, for a festive, nostalgic aroma. Packaged in a gift-ready textured metal vessel, this festive blend of aromatic evergreen and frosted cypress is dusted with white peppercorn, spicy-cool cardamom, and a sparkling citrus nuance.


Illume Mercury Glass Candle, Winter White Icicles Candle
Packaged in a gift-ready mercury glass vessel, this festive blend of aromatic evergreen and frosted cypress is dusted with white peppercorn, spicy-cool cardamom, and a sparkling citrus nuance. Glass vessel, natural wax, fragrance oils Housed in glimmering metallic vessels, these scents of the season make a welcome addition to every tablescape and entryway table. Fig Tree (Fresh Green): A sophisticated essence of dark fig nectar and peppered cassis nestles within a base of leafy green vines and warm woods. Spiced Eggnog (Gourmand Spice): A rich and decadent medley of creamy cheesecake and pure vanilla is joined by smooth buttercream, sweetened eggnog, and spicy nutmeg accents. Fireside (Woody Smoke): A smoky blend of leather, amber, and geranium with notes of nutmeg, sugar, patchouli, cedar, vetiver, and oakmoss.

 

Baking Candle Boulangerie Jar Fall Boulangerie Jar Candle
Perfect for every kitchen and a charming housewarming gift, this gourmand candle is housed within a ceramic baking pan - ready to be used for cooking once the candle has burned through! After the candle is finished, thoroughly wash the pan of any wax; the baking pan is food- and dishwasher-safe. Mouthwatering aromas arise from vintage Parisian pottery replicas. Sweet Vanilla Cinnamon (Gourmand Spice): A comforting blend of nutmeg, vanilla bean and cinnamon crust. Oatmeal Cookie (Gourmand Sweet): Stone ground oats, cinnamon, sugar, and warm cardamom, with honey butter, crushed almonds, rich ginger, sugared maple and vanilla extract. Pumpkin Souffle (Gourmand Pumpkin): Orange, ginger, and almond blended with clove bud, vanilla, and tonka bean.

 

Anatomy of a Fragrance Rollerball Perfume Anatomy of a Fragrance Eau De Parfum
Well-blended and beautifully packaged, each thoughtfully crafted fragrance is designed to delight your senses with every spritz. Gardenia Blanc: A floral blend of gardenia, orange flower, pink jasmine, and coconut milk. (FLORAL) Well-blended and beautifully packaged, each decadent fragrance is designed to delight your senses with every spritz.

Lollia

The Lollia line offers lightly scented shower gels, triple-milled soaps, indulgent creams and romantic eaux de parfum, each handcrafted in the USA. Every lace- and flower-printed elixir is wistful and feminine, through and through.

Lollia Always In Rose Eau De Parfum Lollia Dusting Powder Lollia Bath Soak
Always In Rose: Blushing rose unfurls with a breath of captivating beauty, cascading in a tangle of tranquil hibiscus washed in warm amber rays. (FLORAL) Wish: A sweet bouquet of sugarcane, vanilla bean, and jasmine. (SPICE). Always In Rose: Blushing rose unfurls with a breath of captivating beauty, cascading in a tangle of tranquil hibiscus washed in warm amber rays. (FLORAL) This delightfully fragranced sea salt soak works to soften and refresh skin while relaxing the senses.

 

Lollia Eau De Parfum Lollia Relax Eau De Parfum Lollia Eau De Parfum, In Love
Each charmingly decaled glass bottle is designed to mirror the ornate, youthful femininity of the fragrance housed within. In Love: Apple blossom and jasmine infused with timeless rose. (FLORAL) Relax: Fresh notes of lavender and white orchid are sweetened with Tahitian vanilla and honey. (FLORAL) Girly through and through - from the charmingly decaled glass bottles adorned with ribbons, crystals, blooms and birds to the scents housed within.

 

Lollia Wish Eau De Parfum Lollia Bubble Bath Lollia Bubble Bath
Surprise and delight someone special with a fragrance that makes all her wishes come true. Wish: A sweet bouquet of sugarcane, vanilla bean, and jasmine. (SPICE) Treat yourself to a fragrant soak in lush bubbles, scented with delicate aromas and infused with skin-nourishing ingredients. Dream: Soft, dreamy notes of white tea, linden leaves, and honeysuckle find harmony in a soothing bergamot base. (FRESH) Treat yourself to a fragrant soak in lush bubbles, scented with delicate aromas and infused with skin-nourishing ingredients.

 

Lollia Fragrance Gift Set Lollia Petite Treats Hand Cream Gift Set Lollia Luminary Boxed Candle
Let someone special know how much you love her with this elegant collection of fragrances. Nestled in a giftable box, each miniature hand cream features a beautiful scent and an iconic Lollia pattern - it's a gift that's sure to delight someone special. In Love: An interwoven blend of apple blossom, jasmine, and rose aromas. (FLORAL). Relax: Fresh notes of lavender and white orchid are sweetened with Tahitian vanilla and honey. (FLORAL). Wish: A sweet bouquet of sugarcane, vanilla bean, and jasmine blends with notes of ylang ylang and amber woods. (FLORAL)

 

Lollia Whipped Body Butter Lollia Hand Cream Lollia Shower Gel
Hydrating shea butter is whipped with fragrant infusions to create this lusciously moisturizing body butter. Hydrating shea butter is whipped with fragrant infusions to create this lusciously moisturizing hand cream and presented in a pretty floral box with a gift-ready paper sleeve. Scented with delicate aromas and infused with skin-nourishing ingredients, this shower gel transforms your daily routine into a relaxing moment of self-care.

 

Lollia Dry Body Oil
Brimming with a potent blend of botanicals - particularly sweet almond and coconut - this oil deeply nourishes and moisturizes dry, lackluster skin.

Bastide

A house of clean beauty and wellbeing, Bastide celebrates the extraordinary artisans and terroir of Aix-en-Provence with a specialized collection of soaps, fragrances, and body care whose heavenly scents are matched only by their charming, old-world packaging. Each product is molded by the love and craftsmanship of local French artisans with generations of savoir faire and deep expertise in using potent, good-for-you ingredients found in the South of France.

Bastide Eau De Toilette Travel Spray Bastide Ambre Soir Hand and Body Lotion Bastide Ambre Soir Body Wash
Crafted by artisans in Provence, each signature scent evokes the serenity and sophistication of the French lifestyle. For clean hands, dancing legs, and sunkissed shoulders, this Hand & Body Lotion is enriched with Provence honey and olive oil to soften and smooth skin. Ambre Soir: Dreamy and complex, with notes of geranium, patchouli, and sandalwood. Ideal for sensitive or dry skin types, this luxurious body wash gently cleanses and pampers without stripping your skin of essential moisture. Artisanally made in small batches, its silky formula is brimming with Provence olive oil and coconut oil to leave your skin feeling soft and supple. Ambre Soir: Warm and sensual, with notes of Italian tangerine, patchouli, and sandalwood.

 

Bastide Ambre Soir Provence Bar Soap Bastide Ambre Soir Hand Cream Bastide Ambre Soir Hand Wash
Artisanally crafted with Provence olive oil, this French-milled soap delivers a soft, gentle lather and a beautiful fragrance. Ambre Soir: Dreamy and complex, with notes of geranium, patchouli, sandalwood, labdanum, and sweet musk. Featuring a deeply nourishing formula of Provence olive oil, lavender extract, and shea butter, this quick-absorbing cream soothes hardworking hands - leaving them feeling soft, supple, and lightly fragranced. Ambre Soir: Dreamy and complex, with notes of geranium, patchouli, and sandalwood. Made in the practice of traditional saponification, this liquid hand wash is gentle to your skin and kind to the environment. Using a base of coconut oil and Provence olive oil, this beautiful liquid soap glides on gently, rinses clean, and leaves behind no harm. Ambre Soir: Dreamy and complex, with notes of geranium, patchouli, and sandalwood.


Bastide Figue d'Ete Hand & Body Lotion Bastide Figue d'Ete Hand Wash Bastide Figue d'Ete Body Wash
Enriched with Provence honey and olive oil, this nourishing formula softens and smoothes skin as it imparts a light fragrance. Expertly crafted using the traditional French method of saponification, this gentle formula cleanses your hands with a nourishing blend of coconut oil and Provence olive oil - leaving your hands feeling soft, supple, and lightly fragranced. Figue d'Ete: A delicate, fresh scent of crisp leaves and juicy notes of perfectly ripened summer figs. Ideal for sensitive or dry skin types, this luxurious body wash gently cleanses and pampers without stripping your skin of essential moisture. Artisanally made in small batches, its silky formula is brimming with Provence olive oil and coconut oil to leave your skin feeling soft and supple. Figue d'Ete: A delicate, fresh scent of crisp leaves and juicy notes of perfectly ripened summer figs.


Bastide Figue d'Ete Hand & Body Lotion Bastide Rose Olivier Body Wash Bastide Eau De Toilette
Enriched with Provence honey and olive oil, this nourishing formula softens and smoothes skin as it imparts a light fragrance. Ideal for sensitive or dry skin types, this luxurious body wash gently cleanses and pampers without stripping your skin of essential moisture. Artisanally made in small batches, its silky formula is brimming with Provence olive oil and coconut oil to leave your skin feeling soft and supple. Rose Olivier: Petal-soft and fresh, with notes of pink peony, olive leaf, and cashmere woods. Crafted by artisans in Provence, each signature scent evokes the serenity and sophistication of the French lifestyle.

MOODCAST FRAGRANCE CO.

8.2 oz. Luminary Scented Candle 0 8.2 oz. Homebody Scented Candle 0
8.2 oz. Luminary Scented Candle 8.2 oz. Homebody Scented Candle
You're feeling the spark. Everything you need is at your fingertips. Anything you can imagine is possible. You're in the right place at the right time. White Grapefruit, Basil, Rosemary. Bright white grapefruit reawakens your senses as energizing herbaceous notes of just-picked basil and rosemary stimulate focus and alertness. You're home. Sweet home. Curl up under a cashmere throw. Set your tea down. Pick up your favorite book. Retreat. A better place is hard to find. Smoky Cade, White Bergamot, Vanilla. Deeply aromatic smoky cade warms the senses as gentle white bergamot and a hint of soft vanilla add comfort and coziness.

 

8.2 oz. Royal Scented Candle 0 8.2 oz. Sinner Scented Candle 0 8.2 oz. Daydreamer Scented Candle 0
8.2 oz. Royal Scented Candle 8.2 oz. Sinner Scented Candle 8.2 oz. Daydreamer Scented Candle
You wear the crown. Opulence and grace. Influence and power. Freed from the ordinary to become positively extraordinary. Your kingdom awaits. Notes: Plum, Cassis, Iris Rich aromas of succulent, ripe plum and refined dark cassis hold court with classically floral notes of iris for enduring elegance. Charmer. Tease. Seducer. They can say what they want about you. There's nothing wrong with a little mischief. Especially when being bad feels this good. Notes: Smoke, Leather, Vetiver Layers of worn leather and seductive vetiver reveal themselves under dark smoke accords as they lead you down the path of temptation. You've earned this. Sit back. Relax. Take a deep breath. Trust and let go. There's nothing to worry about. Everything is in its place. Neroli Flower, White Tea, Driftwood. Prized neroli flower, renowned for its euphoric effects, floats amid delicate white tea and subtle driftwood notes, fostering a deep sense of serenity.

 

8.2 oz. Stunner Scented Candle 0 8.2 oz. Soloist Scented Candle 0 8.2 oz. Reveler Scented Candle 0
8.2 oz. Stunner Scented Candle 8.2 oz. Soloist Scented Candle 8.2 oz. Reveler Scented Candle
You are flawless. Radiant. Confident. The brightest star in the sky. You make it look easy. You own the place. Violet, Sandalwood, Rosewood. Luxurious violet layered over grounding sandalwood and heart-opening rosewood promote confidence and self-love. You've been waiting all day for this. Finally. A moment to yourself. Shift your focus inward. It's about you. Say hello to your happy place. Turkish Rose, Black Currant, Muhuhu Wood. A beautiful balance of joy-promoting Turkish rose and sweet black currant blend with nature's nurturer Muhuhu wood to help you reflect and realign with your best self. You're feeling festive. Merry. Joyous. There are a million reasons to celebrate and you can come up with a million more. This is the place to be. Fresh Cut Pine, Cedarwood, Fir Balsam. Fresh cut pine helps spirits rise to the occasion while earthy cedarwood and fir balsam surround with winter warmth.

Cire Trudon French Candles

A Trudon classic, the Classic Candle fits all occasions; perfumes each and every room. Available in all scents, it is the most iconic. They are manufactured at the Trudon workshop in Normandy, France, using unrivaled know-how inherited from master candle makers.

9.5 oz. Giambattista Valli Positano Classic Candle 0 9.5 oz. Abd El Kader Classic Candle 0 9.5 oz. Ernesto Classic Candle 0
9.5 oz. Giambattista Valli Positano Classic Candle 9.5 oz. Abd El Kader Classic Candle 9.5 oz. Ernesto Classic Candle
Perched above the Amalfi coast, the small village of Positano shines brightly under the Italian sun. White flowers bloom and gardenia, orange blossom, jasmine, magnolia, tuberose and lily combine in a delicate melody. Created by Cire Trudon in partnership with designer Giambattista Valli this special edition candle was inspired by the designer's love of the scents of picturesque Positano. A gust of freedom blowing from the Mascara coast and the mountains picks up on its way the green scents of fresh mint, the rashness of fights, ginger's hot and peppered air and the perfume of tea and tobacco from the Ouled Nail tribe… In a hotel of Havana, under the fixed sun of the Revolution : the fierce and partisan overtones of leather and tobacco meddle with the paneling's waxen silence. In the cool dimness, fawn grimaces shimmer along with the smoke of cigars and the barrels of guns.

 

9.5 oz. Cyrnos Classic Candle 0 11.8 oz. Ernesto Diffuser 1 Ernesto Scented Candle 0
9.5 oz. Cyrnos Classic Candle 11.8 oz. Ernesto Diffuser Ernesto Scented Candle
In its aromatic citrus garden, the sunny Cyrnos villa welcomed the flamboyant upper crust of early 20th century high society. Queens, poets and artists met in the shade of fig trees and parasol pines. They enjoyed a fabulous view and the easy life so typical of the blue Mediterranean shores. The villa benefited from Roquebrune's air of scented lavender mixed with the dry aromas of Provence. Head Notes: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Rhum. Heart Notes: Clove, Labdanum, Oak Wood, Patchouli. Base Notes: Amber, Leather, Moss, Tobacco, Vanilla Leather & tobacco. In a hotel of Havana, under the fixed sun of the Revolution: the fierce and partisan overtones of leather and tobacco meddle with the paneling’s waxen silence. In the cool dimness, fawn grimaces shimmer along with the smoke of cigars and the barrels of guns. They are manufactured at the Trudon workshop in Normandy, France, using unrivaled know-how inherited from master candle makers.

 

x Balmain 9.5 oz. Classic Candle 0 9.5 oz. Solis Rex Classic Candle 0 Abd El Kader Moroccan Mint Tea 0
x Balmain 9.5 oz. Classic Candle 9.5 oz. Solis Rex Classic Candle Abd El Kader Moroccan Mint Tea
Bouge concocted an expert floral and feminine flourish for Ernesto’s masculine cedarwood, gunpowder, and cigar notes, relying on the mysterious and distinct touch of a black rose, in order to create the ideal olfactory reflection of Rousteing’s twenty-first century Balmain. Inspired by the elaborate parquetry of Château de Versailles's famous Hall of Mirrors, this regal perfume radiates vapors of wax, candelabra and palace. A sumptuous trail of incense weaves through a tapestry of coniferous trees, cut with solar rays of citrus fruits. A gust of freedom blowing from the Mascara coast and the mountains picks up on its way the green scents of fresh mint, the rashness of fights, ginger's hot and peppered air and the perfume of tea and tobacco from the Ouled Nail tribe...

 

9.5 oz. Josephine Classic Candle 0 9.5 oz. Reggio Classic Candle 0 9.5 oz. Salta Classic Candle 0
9.5 oz. Josephine Classic Candle 9.5 oz. Reggio Classic Candle 9.5 oz. Salta Classic Candle
The muffled light of dawn slips through the flower beds. A fine shadow sneaks among the roses, jasmine, camellias and irises. With her delicate green thumb, she awakens the dazzling fragrances of a garden with an imperial destiny. Brought back from Indochina in 1828, the mandarin-tree has since prospered on the occidental banks of the Mediterranean Sea. Facing the Messina Strait, it sculpts the Calabrian landscape without a touch of bitterness. The mandarin's softness hints back to ancient times when its essential oils composed an elegant, odorant grammar. Considered by the Chinese as one of the three holy fruits with peach and lemon, the grapefruit was a symbol of prosperity and fertility. Also highly prized by the Greeks and the Romans, the hesperide has a crisp freshness: known for its rich terroir and unique soil, the Salta region enhances the citrus' intensity. Blended with verbena and hyacinth, the grapefruit fragrance is aromatic.

 

2.5 oz. Josephine Petite Candle 0 9.5 oz. Spritus Sancti Classic Candle 0 2.5 oz. Odalisque (Orange Blossom) Petite Candle 0
2.5 oz. Josephine Petite Candle 9.5 oz. Spritus Sancti Classic Candle 2.5 oz. Odalisque (Orange Blossom) Petite Candle
The muffled light of dawn slips through the flower beds. A fine shadow sneaks among the roses, jasmine, camellias and irises. With her delicate green thumb, she awakens the dazzling fragrances of a garden with an imperial destiny. In a hotel of Havana, under the fixed sun of the Revolution : the fierce and partisan overtones of leather and tobacco meddle with the paneling's waxen silence. In the cool dimness, fawn grimaces shimmer along with the smoke of cigars and the barrels of guns. Wrapped in citrus and wood barks, the orange blossom weaves a painter's dream from which escapes the pale curl of smoke from a narghile. Furiously romantic, the vigorous scent of the wild juniper and the solar splinter of citrus fruits spring out like a thin steel blade in silky shadow of vanilla.

 

9.5 oz. Madeleine Classic Candle 0 9.5 oz. Madurai Classic Candle 0
9.5 oz. Madeleine Classic Candle 9.5 oz. Madurai Classic Candle
Galloping from Versailles to Marseille, Madeleine's audacious spirit trails in the wind. Iris, jasmine and rose dress their petals in handsome leather. This swashbuckling fragrance pays homage to Madeleine de Maupin &mdash accomplished horsewoman, fencer and renown 17th century dissident. The Duke of Tuscany first brought jasmine in India in 1690, a flower originally from Arabia. Whether fresh or dried, they still play a quintessential role in India's myths, legends and daily rituals. At times, jasminum sambac perfumes loose-leaf tea; at others, it is braided into floral necklaces. Revered spiritually, the odorant flower turns into an offering in Hindu temples.

 

9.5 oz. Giambattista Valli Rose Poivree Classic Candle 0 2.5 oz. Cyrnos Petite Candle 0 9.5 oz. Odalisque Classic Candle 0
9.5 oz. Giambattista Valli Rose Poivree Classic Candle 2.5 oz. Cyrnos Petite Candle 9.5 oz. Odalisque Classic Candle
The bouquet of fresh and lush roses evokes Marie Antoinette's love of the flower. A hint of Tuscan black pepper at the heart of the rose delivers subtle, unexpected harmony. The special edition Rose Poivrée, candle was created by Cire Trudon in partnership with designer Giambattista Valli to celebrate the 2010 opening of his first store on rue Boissy d'Anglas in Paris. In its aromatic citrus garden, the sunny Cyrnos villa welcomed the flamboyant upper crust of early-20th century high society. Queens, poets and artists met in the shade of fig trees and parasol pines. They enjoyed a fabulous view and the easy life so typical of the blue Mediterranean shores. The villa benefited from Roquebrune's air of scented lavender mixed with the dry aromas of Provence. Wrapped in citrus and wood barks, the orange blossom weaves a painter's dream from which escapes the pale volutes of smoke from a narghile. Like an orientalist painting, furiously romantic, the vigorous scent of the cade and the solar splinter of citrus fruits spring out like a thin steel blade in silky shadow of vanilla.

 

9.5 oz. Ourika Iris Candle 0 Abd El Kader Room Spray, 12.7 oz./ 375 mL 0 12.7 oz. Ernesto Room Spray 0
9.5 oz. Ourika Iris Candle Abd El Kader Room Spray, 12.7 oz./ 375 mL 12.7 oz. Ernesto Room Spray
Ourika is a sensual escape, an exploration of iris' spicy character. Grown in fertile valleys and gardens since Antiquity, iris also played a role in the Egyptian mythology: highly symbolic, iris is associated to Horus, the falcon God that brings the sky and the earth together. A gust of freedom blowing from the Mascara coast and the mountains picks up on its way the green scents of fresh mint, the rashness of fights, ginger's hot and peppered air and the perfume of tea and tobacco from the Ouled Nail tribe... In a hotel of Havana, under the fixed sun of the Revolution : the fierce and partisan overtones of leather and tobacco meddle with the paneling's waxen silence. In the cool dimness, fawn grimaces shimmer along with the smoke of cigars and the barrels of guns.

Perfume History

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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