Summer Reading for Perfumed Breezes

    In France, vacationers divide themselves into ‘juilletistes’ and ‘aoûtiens’ depending upon whether they take summer holidays in July or August (generally for an entire month, bien sûr!). Since my birthday falls in August, this month is, and always will be, the ultimate holiday month for me, so I’m an ‘aoûtienne’ (feminine of aoûtien). […]

Esxence 2014 Part #2: Favorite Brands and Fragrances

   One of my most exciting Esxence moments was witnessing the triumphant re-birth of a fine old French perfume brand, Le Galion – Maison de Parfumerie, more than 30 years after its creation. Originally founded in 1930 by a certain Prince Murat, Le Galion was later sold to perfumer Paul Vacher, best known as the […]

Winds of Change in Paris Niche Perfumery

 Image: Cock (symbol of France) Weathervane     The last two years have witnessed exponential expansion of the Paris niche fragrance market.   In 2012, the opening of two multi-brand niche fragrance shops, Jovoy and NOSE generated an important up-tick in activity for small to medium sized artistic niche brands and opened the door to an […]