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At the top of a small, picturesque hill in Grasse, Provence, in a harmonious vista in which all the houses are built of peach, apricot, cantaloupe and custard coloured stone, there stands Les Fontaines Parfumes a compact and handsome mansion, built in 1640, with 12 green shuttered windows suggesting order and plenty.
Overlooking gardens in which exceptional roses, jasmine, lavender and citrus trees grow, the property is home to the new atelier of Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, the head ‘nose’ at Louis Vuitton and the man responsible for some of the world’s best loved scents, from L’Eau d’Issey to Stella by Stella McCartney. His latest big project is Vuitton’s new perfume Le Jour Se Lve, which hits Vuitton stores this month.
Cavallier Belletrud is a kind looking man with a large smile, wearing an immaculate suit. For a ‘nose’, his actual nose is not pronounced at all, scarcely bigger than my own, which truth be told isn’t tiny. cheap replica handbags ‘He is charming, everyone loves him,’the taxi driver tells me on the short journey from Nice airport. ‘Not at all eccentric, 1:1 replica handbags non Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags ,’ he answers my uncouth enquiry.
We sit down in a little flag stoned salon on the ground floor. Candles and a fire are lit, and there are glasses of champagne. Everything is precise, faintly theatrical, almost Disney like. I ask Cavallier Belletrud what it means to live his life.
The art of the nose is one o flearning and intuition, science, technique and poetry, he explains. He makes a distinction between the knowledge that canbe acquired: the analysis of raw materials and the library of scents memorised by heart; and then replica louis vuitton bags the things that come from the left side of the brain: emotions, creativity and ideas. When cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk creating a new fragrance, he says, ‘a picture always comes before a scent.’ He is trained to memorise smells by association with an image, and he absorbs absolutely everything in his environment, anything that brings emotion.
‘Perfume is the most abstract thing,’ he tellsme. ‘It should surprise and create a desire, create a history so deep when it attracts you, that is when the stories begin.’
I speak of the excitement you get when you greet someone and kiss them hello, and at that exact moment you smell something interesting you weren’t expecting, which pulls you towards the person a little bit, prolonging the greeting, and how that moment deepens an already intimate encounter. I feel my cheeks redden in high quality replica handbags china case I have said something a bit untoward, but Cavallier Belletrud is nodding.
I am led into a dining room where a big table withawhite cloth is laid with an enormous ‘light lunch’. I am keen to know what Cavallier Belletrud’s childhood smelled like, and he takes me on a little journey back in time. As a boy, during the long school summer holidays, he worked in the Grasse perfume factory for extra pocket money. He still treasures the ‘souvenir of the smell of my hands and arms in jasmine flowers The jasmine flowers of Grasse are different replica louis vuitton from those grown anywhere else in the world, more open, with more facets, a symbol of summer and sensuality and high quality designer replica handbags the freshness of morning.’
In his office hangs a photograph of his mother as a child picking jasmine flowers with her mother. His father and grandfather were parfumiers, too; it is little wonder he has scent running through his veins. His daughter is training with him now, and he tells her, ‘Don’t be like the others. Be strong. What you see if you’re an artist will be different from what others see.’
‘Did you know that 2,000 perfumes were created last year?’ he continues. ‘Without trying to break the rules you’re dead To build a signature scent is easy. To have a style is not so easy, to explore new worlds, new feelings.’
‘Are there new feelings do you think?’ I ask. ‘People are completely lost at the moment,’ he says. For a second reality interrupts us: brutal, ugly, unscented.
I wonder whether cheap louis vuitton bags from china having an extra powerful sense of smell makes life difficult. Are there smells that he can’t abide? fake designer bags ‘The smell of the metro in the morning,’ he says with obvious horror, ‘from here,’ he adds, gesturing in the general direction of armpits, ‘and the smells that occur after fish has been cooked But sometimes,’ he confides, ‘you need a tiny bit of a very bad smell to make something beautiful.’ I almost tell him that when I was a child I loved the smell when my mother had had a pee after drinking Nescaf dolabuy.su , but I don’t dare. ‘Perfume making is about the balance of the emotional and the rational. If a scent is too emotional it becomes a nonsense,’ he says, as if reading my mind.
He opens bottles for me to sniff. Sandalwood is sweet and milky; vetiver smells of dignity; cedarwood feels like newly aaa replica designer handbags sharpened pencils. The Grasse roses smell of beeswax and pepper, scarcely sweet (I was expecting Turkish delight). The whole of Grasse is visible from the top floor studio. On a washing line in the distance I can see one small, perfect fluttering tablecloth.
Downstairs again, we sit for the climax of the tour, the revelation of his newest creation, Le Jour Se Lve. Beautiful assistants bring the principal notes of the fragrance to me, one by one, on slips of blotting paper. Cavallier Belletrud’s hypnotic voice conjures daybreak in Provence, full of light and freshness. ‘Mandarin, the most replica louis vuitton handbags complex of citrus flavours, with orange, orange flower and hints of Provenal thyme
‘The second character in this story is cassis: fruity fake designer bags , crisp and green. The first sunrays, you smell the frost, the green of the leaves, the dew from the night, which brings in its arms the mandarins, which are the heart of the fragrance. This combines with jasmine sambac from China the floralcy coming step by step, a graduation of all the tones And then the last facet, which is incense and musk These scents speak to cultures all over the world,fresh and deep, the white resin from small trees in Somalia’.