Tucked away in this gorgeous set are three fragrances from France, made by Anatole Lebreton himself.
Grimoire, is all about frankincense, and a special kind of incense I discovered, “Encens cœur”. The slightly spicy element inspired Anatole and he paired it with lavender and basil to recreate the idea of those old abbeys where monks where gardening.
Frankincense, of course, and basenotes of old books, with yellowing pages. The top is fresher with an opening on the garden, lavender and basil.
Perfumista has a lot of the history of perfumery in it. The rose patchouli accord is a very classical accord which Anatole twisted with modern materials. It tells a story of a strong yet comfortable and elegant scent. For Anatole, it’s also a rock and roll scent. Very elegant yet quite bold.
The key accord in Perfumista is a woody rose, patchouli and rose (adorned with jasmine and cedar) and fruity top notes of pear and plum. It’s a symphony, all is blended so it takes the wearer on a journey.
Tuberose become the first and main inspiration for this scent, the gorgeous absolute came to life when Anatole paired it with a leather accord. The raw materials guided him and he felt like an artist sculpting the materials to get to the core and essential.
A dance of tuberose and leather on a bed of oakmoss. The rather disturbing notes of fresh flesh of the tuberose are going very well with the dry skin/ flesh leather. It’s animalic with castoreum and musky mossy in the end.
I sat in front of Ruth as she told me her story. She seemed to just radiate wisdom but also had a wonderful warmth about her. It's fair to say, I was hooked. Her journey from absolute self doubt, after being a perfumer for 30 years, to creating the first fragrance of her own brand, driven by a pure passion for her customers, was inspiring.
From small beginnings to the shopfronts of Fortnum Mason and Fenwick of Bond Street, Ruth's brand triumphed and I'm so excited for you to experience her perfume and read the story behind them. Enjoy!