French and away

French and away

By Deborah Fulsang

“I was born with this garden in my head,” says perfumer Karine Dubreuil’s of her latest work for L’Occitane, a quartet of exceptional scents inspired by what is considered by many as the centre of modern perfumery, Grasse. The locale also just happens to be the town of Dubreuil’s childhood.

Each fragrance— Thé Vert & Bigarade, Magnolia & Mûre, Jasmin & Bergamote, and Vanille & Narcisse—celebrates a bloom harvested from Grasse in combination with an essence from afar, whether bergamot from Italy, vanilla from Madagascar, magnolia from the Far East or green tea extract from Japan.
They are fresh and clear spritzes, almost cologne-like in their clarity, but not without complexity and emotion. Great value per millilitre.

La Collection de Grasse, each EDT, $75 (75 ml); there’s also a choice of body lotion, shower gel and perfumed soap in each of the scents;

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Deborah Fulsang has spent the last two decades as a journalist covering news and trends in the worlds of style—in fashion and beauty, design and décor, food and entertaining. Her long-held love of fragrance led her to launch The Whale & The Rose, a destination for all things perfume-related. Now, when she indulges in a crazy-expensive bottle of fragrance, she can do so guilt-free. Well almost. It’s all in the name of research after all.