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Elegantes London, A New House with an Artisan Collection ~ Niche Perfumery

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The world of fragrance has a way of being entered from all kinds of angles. We all know of many celebrities who decided to try their luck with a fragrance, or jewelry houses, clothing brands, lingerie brands and even car manufacturers, but some industries are less well known, like pen makers (for instance Montblanc), beverage companies (Courvoisier) or, one of the most unlikely, cheesemakers (Stilton).

Well, how about the hotel business? On December 13, 2016, a new perfume brand was unveiled in London coming from a husband-and-wife couple well known for their luxury expertise in establishing some of the world's best hotels: Thomas and Dagmar Smit. An example of their good taste in hotel design is the Augustine hotel in Prague, Hungary. It was after reading the phrase: "Elegant people of our time are honorable people who pass on their values to others", that they felt propelled to enter the world of fragrance.

For the project, they enlisted the help of the young creative nose Julien Rasquinet from IFF to interpret their vision. No budget was imposed upon him. He was free to create as he saw fit, the only parameters were to distil certain character traits, to set liquid intentions. The result: an initial collection of six fragrances,all with their own distinctive personality.

"We are so proud of our Elegantes London collection", say Thomas and Dagmar Smit. "It is the fruition of more than three years of hard work, determination and passion and we are grateful to Julien for so perfectly translating our vision."

The Fragrances

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This is the central fragrance of the collection, an elegant yet alternative take on the classic rose and the traditional floral fragrance. This is no shy, retiring take on the bloom, but one that is ready tot stand up and hold your attention. It is inspired by an English aristocratic couple: the man wearing his freshly picked buttonier and his wife in an elegant dress carrying in a bouquet of English roses from the garden.

Top notes: Violet, Carnation, Bergamot
Middle notes: Ylang Extra, Turkish Rose Oil, Turkish Rose Absolute.
Base notes: Musk, Amberwood, Sandalwood Oil (Santalum album)


A hot aromatic fragrance, bold but sophisticated, both warming and enveloping with the power to set the wearer apart. A smoky fragrance story, built around an old English club with the smell of leather and tobacco in the air, wooden floors and a fresh bouquet of flowers on the table. This is an intimate, cozy and elegant fragrance.

Top notes: Violet Leaf, Mandarin Oil, Juniper Berry Oil
Middle notes: Olibanum Oil, Tuberose, Cypress Oil
Base notes: Balkans Tobacco Absolute, Leather, Ambergris

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A very fragile, reassuring fragrance, something very special and intimate to wear. The musk is lifted and balanced with vetiver and patchouli to create a delicate, elegant yet sensual fragrance.

Top notes: Lemon, Linen accord
Middle notes: White Flowers, Musk, Tonka beans
Base notes: Vetiver, Amber Extreme, Patchouli.

ORRIS VETIVER (Oriental Woody)

This is the ultimate scent of seduction. The full arsenal a man or woman can deploy to capture the love of their life. A warm gourmand evocation of sensuality that blends a deep cedar wood extraction with a gin accord in the background. There's the warm intensity of benzoin resinoid and leather, while Haiti vetiver oil is used to connect them all together.

Top notes: Bergamot Oil, Cardamom Oil, Carrot Heart, Balkans Juniper Berry oil Middle notes: Rose Essential, Chinese Geranium Oil, Orris  Resinoid
Base notes: Amber Extreme, Haiti Vetiver Oil, Smoke, Sandalwood Oil (Santalum album).


ROYAL VETIVER (Woody aromatic)

Vetiver is one of the most aristocratic notes in perfumery and has an amazing complexity of character. To explode its facets, it's blended here with sandalwood, grey amber and grapefruit to push it into a spicy territory so that it becomes woody, dry and ambery while being very long lasting. This is a very distinguished fragrance and an interpretation of a very exclusive English way of life.

Top notes: Grapefruit, Pink Pepper, Petitgrain Citronnier
Middle notes: Olibanum Resin, Cypress Oil, Juniper Berry Oil
Base notes: Grey Amber, Haiti Vetiver Oil, Sandalwood Oil.

AMBER WOOD (Woody amber)

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