by Paige Donner
Some of the freshest scents coming from Paris, France these days are from an artisan “parfumeur” dedicated not just to the clean purity of scents, but also to the clean purity of a perfume’s composition. The woman behind the brand is Huong Mangin, a French woman whose family originated from Vietnam. Her perfumes are created in Grasse, the historic “perfume capital” of France, and, arguably, the world.
During the recent Rives de la Beaute’ held in Paris this Autumn, much discussion surrounded the topic of “Scent as Art.” To elaborate, the discussion’s central point is about creating museums of scent, whereby a perfume can be held up, enshrined and admired as the piece of art, and historical reference point, that it is.
While she was designing her perfumes, Huong Mangin, General Manager of Fragrance et Beaute Francaises recalled her childhood scent-memories from Vietnam – the delicate florals, the fresh herbs and spices, the raw fragrances of her childhood and her ancestral home. When she began working with the iconic 5th generation family house of Mane, based in Grasse, in the south of France, these were some of the perfume essences she put forward in her design wishes.
Master perfumers Christian Vermorel, Céline Ripert and Frédérique Terranova took their cues from Madame Mangin and went to work creating the sublime perfumes that are L’Essence des Notes. The scents they worked with in their creations are from the Citrus/Fruity, Fougere, Chypree, Floral, Wood and Oriental/Amber families. Each perfume has a top note, a heart note and an end note. The top note and the end note are always different, – the true mark of a quality perfume.
Some of the original perfumes you can find in the L’Essence des Notes perfume line: Orange & Litsee, Citron & Petitgrain, Lavande & Romarin, Cardamome & Embruns, Pamplemousse & Basilic, Myrte & Bergamote, Vetiver & Patchouli, and Coriandre & Bois de Cedre.
Their newest offerings are the premium range. These perfumes are: Rose de Kelaa, Oud de Kyara, and Oud d’Angkor. These are sensual perfumes that carry names to evoke journeys and the sense of escape.
Another remarkable thing about these perfumes are that they are ISO 9001 certified, which is a certification guaranteeing quality manufacturing procedures. Indeed, these perfumes are so clean, they are sold in Pharmacies in France. Mangin created her perfumes so that they would be as clean and natural as possible, and have sublime, enduring scents, the combinations of which are innovative and fresh.