September 18, 2015
Orlov Paris Perfumes inspired by famous Diamonds
I first became aware of Orlov Paris through Karen Dubin, our own Sr Contributor Hernando Courtright’s wrap-up of Sniffapalooza Spring Fling 2015 and the recent Cosmoprof trade show’s Discover Scent exhibition. The story behind the brand is as multifaceted as its theme…diamonds. Creative Director and gemologist Ruth Sery and her husband Thomas Méaulle combined two of their passions, diamonds and perfume, to create Orlov Paris, named after the mythical diamond set atop the Imperial scepter of Russia.
Dominque Ropion Master Perfumer (digitalized)
No expense was spared and perfumer Dominique Ropion, one of the world’s greatest perfumers was engaged to create each fragrance. Ruth Sery sought out M. Ropion after falling in love with Frederic Malle Carnal Flower. And like any great love story, there was a marriage proposal, diamonds and destiny; her future husband Thomas was wearing Vetiver Extraordinaire signed by M. Ropion when they met. Each Orlov Paris fragrance is named after a legendary stone. Whether they were given as tokens of love, worn as insignia of power or acquired to satisfy an obsession, these jewels have always been objects of desire throughout their often mysterious history.
“The glamour of tuberose. The brightness of orange blossom. The sensuousness of jasmine sambac… In Orlov, the master perfumer Dominique Ropion has picked the most radiant facets of these rich floral absolutes to compose a single, perfect blossom: the quintessential white flower. As dazzling as its namesake, the legendary diamond that crowns the Imperial scepter of Russia, this flawless floral gem is set in cool-as-platinum iris, on a backdrop of dark, velvet-soft leather…”
Orlov Sea of Light
Sea of Light is a variation on the theme of eau de Cologne and draws its inspiration from the mythical, 132-carat Daria-i-Noor, which means “sea of light” in Persian. “Luminous grapefruit shines on a bright citrus accord, enhanced with a trio of festive fruity notes: raspy blackcurrant, velvety peach and bracing buchu, a leaf with mint and rhubarb facets. Dewy lily-of-the-valley and a salty splash of sea spray conjure cool, glinting waves, fringed with ethereal foam of white musks…”
Cross of Asia
Cross of Asia, was inspired by the spectacular champagne-colored stone, Cross of Asia is that rarest of gems: a fragrance which sheds new light on a classic note, that was the star of one of Ruth’s favorite fragrances… Amarige, also one of Dominique Ropion ‘s perfumes. M. Ropion “has studied ylang–ylang closely in order to bring out each of its facets. Surprising hints of green apple and crystalline pear. Spices, enhanced by cool coriander and essence of cypress. A glowing rose note and heady white floral effects, set off by orange blossom, tuberose and jasmine absolutes. Finally, a lash of leather reveals the yellow bloom’s secretly animal nature…”
Star of the Season
“In French, “gold digger” translates as croqueuse de diamant, “diamond cruncher”. In a sly play on the expression, Star of the Season turns the most expensive diamond ever sold at an auction into a 100-carat indulgence… In this exquisitely elegant confection, two of the most precious ingredients in perfumery reveal their secret sweet tooth. Rare Indian sandalwood is sprinkled with cinnamon, cumin and clove, drizzled with caramel and infused with vanilla. Iris concrete unveils dark chocolate facets, bolstered with velvet-smooth patchouli and amber. Rich Turkish rose absolute adds berry and mulled-fruit facets”.
Flame of Gold
Flame of Gold was named from a canary-yellow diamond owned by flame-haired movie star Greer Garson. Musk, the most burningly sensuous note in perfumery, conjures the gem’s tawny glow. Sparked off by powerfully radiant amber notes, this Flame of Gold is fueled by the richest wood essences: sweetly smoky guaiac, cocoa-dark patchouli, clean, bracing Virginia cedar and smooth sandalwood…”
Each are Parfums; available in 75ml/$330, refills of 100ml /$270 and Elixir Editions, 30% extraits, include a certified Vs1 G diamond in every bottle 75ml/ $1890 (grab the diamond guys and not only smell great but save on her engagement ring). Premiering at Bergdorf Goodman exclusively October
–Michelyn Camen, Editor in Chief
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