The human emotion is a peculiar thing. It is fickle and arbitrary, either mercurial or muted, often sparked, then promptly elevated, wildly guided by the influences of our circumference. Yesterday, it might have been a familiar tune you didn’t know you remembered; tomorrow, it could be the possibility of a new beginning; today, for The Singapore Tatler Nose, it was a simple, yet not insignificant journey through fragrance.
The Louis Vuitton perfumes—of which there are seven—were discovered by master perfumer Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud, a man who is as much a perfumer as he is a voyager, as much a creator as he is an emanation of life’s whims and winding roads. It’s been said that he trawled the five continents, searching for months, to capture and catalogue extraordinary emotions.
Through his experiences came Rose des Vents, Turbulences, Dans la Peau, Apogée, Contre Moi, Matiére Noire and Mille Fuex.
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The Tatler Nose, Leon, took to the Rose des Vents. “It is airy... uplifting even. I was transported to a world enveloped by the roses of Grasse. As you can see, I was completely swept off my feet,” he says. “It was out of this world.”
Cavallier-Belletrud checked romance at the door. Instead, he invited a trio of roses and a maison-exclusive carbon dioxide extraction technique to reveal the unexpected characteristics of the centifolia, Turkish and Bulgarian petals; light, alive, without an insinuation of nostalgia.
Of Turbulences, The Tatler Nose shares, “Oh it crept under my skin and captured my heart!” He adds, “It came to me like a surprise. There is an unmistakable brand of exoticism here. Incredibly seductive.” The tuberose, used here in abundance, is characterised by ecstasy and allure and is considered the most narcotic of floras. Intertwined with jasmine grandiflorum and the absolute of jasmine sambac, Cavallier-Belletrud’s addictive potion conjures love at first light.
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Dans la Peau is not to be forgotten. Not only because of its use of leather, Louis Vuitton’s second skin—see long lineage of trunks—but the blink-and-you-will-miss-it accents of candied apricot. What would have been an overwhelming symphony of musk brought on by narcissus, is calmed by Chinese magnolia.
“Ah, to be bitten by the bug that is Dans la Peau is a wonderful thing,” says The Tatler Nose. “I will bring it with me wherever I go; to London, to Paris, to the moon and back.”