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 […]

Rives de la Beauté : Aftermath

48 HOURS after Les Rives de la Beauté  2013 reached record high-water marks at La Cour des Senteurs in Versailles and The Liquides Perfume Bar in the Paris Marais district, a boatload of survivors was seen leaving a hotel particulière in central Paris — presumably to assess the situation. In boat: Front row left to […]

Denyse Beaulieu’s Book Launch Party at Liquides

Denyse Beaulieu and Gilles Thevenin (owner Lubin Parfums) at launch party for the French edition of Denyse’s book, The Perfume Lover, (published in the US by St. Martin’s Press). In spite of unseasonably cold weather outside, the atmosphere inside the tiny Liquides bar à parfums was hot as owner David Frossard  served up Ribera del Duero, and Denyse served up spicy anecdotes about her gutsy narrative […]