Have you noticed how good house fragrances are getting? Some are giving personal perfumery a run for its money, at a time when many mainstream offerings – and even some niche – are little better than improved shampoo or shower gel fruit-floral-musk combos.
Since 1934, every star in Paris (and quite a few unknowns) has been beating a path to Harcourt to have their glamour shots taken. Harcourt still do their portraits in the same, old-school, black and white style, and to match their retro sensibility, have commissioned a signature scent to one Fabrice Olivieri, associate perfumer at Trend’s Lab (note how the French over-apply the apostrophe-s – it’s driving me out of my mind), who has apparently done work for L’Artisan Parfumeur. His Harcourt room spray is so utterly lovely I couldn’t resist trying it on my skin in the interest of science.
On skin, the whole show was over in ten minutes. On house fabrics, it gives a cozy, sophisticated boudoir feel to any room – upholstered brocade chairs, canopy bed and swan’s down powder puffs strewn on the dresser… Unabashedly girly, but in a 1930s drawing room comedy kind of way. I’ve been spraying it obsessively in my bedroom.
The Studio Harcourt room spray and candle are, for the time being (as far as I can tell) exclusively distributed by The Beauty Lounge in Paris, but they do ship abroad.
Image: Brigitte Bardot in a Studio Harcourt portrait.