It isn’t often that a new independent perfume brand comes along with such a strong concept and design as Bon Parfumeur. Developed by Ludovic Bonneton, it launched with 15 fragrances, numbered from 001 to 901, their labels colour coded by fragrancefamily.
The scents are designed to be mixed and matched, and each is simply identified by three key ingredients rather than by a poetically florid name: perfume 201, for example, is described as ‘Pomme verte / Muguet / Poire’ and 402 is ‘Vanille / Caramel / Santal’.
The brand’s conceptual clarity extends to the labels and packaging, Ronan Teissèdre, while the scents themselves have been developed by six young perfumers: Nathalie Koobus, Philippe Romano, Karine Dubreuil-Sereni, Corinne Cachen, Alexandra Monet and Benoit Lapouza.
According to spokesman Jean Yves Salasca, ‘all the fragrances have been chosen and selected using blind-test evaluation by a committee of leading names from the perfume world’, and they’re affordably priced.
Ortigia is a small Italian soap and scent company founded in Sicily in 2006 by Sue Townsend. The luxurious range of soaps, scents, creams, candles and lotions are formulated using natural products indigenous to Sicily and inspired by the aesthetics, colours and scents of Italy’s most historic and tropical region.
The perfumes are distilled from the flowers of Sicily by master perfumer, Lorenzo Villoresi. The base of all the products is natural perfume and natural ingredients: olive oil, vegetable glycerine, and organic colours. No sls, nickel or silicone; products not tested on animals. Paraben-free,the range uses traditional products with modern ethics and integrity.
All Ortigia products are made by small family companies who pride themselves on the quality of their products. The highly decorative packaging is designed by Sue Townsend and draws on exotic Sicilian images and colours.