Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Black Jade

The Black Jade by Lubin (2011)

 Marie Antoinette was initially loved by the people for her charm and beauty. She became an international symbol of decadent luxury and had a valuable impact on not just fashion and French couture but also in the art of perfumery.

In the late eighteen century, Jean-Louis Fargeon, the royal perfumer created the opulent, no-expenses-spared fragrance exclusively for her as an ode to her beloved Le Petit Trianon gardens which is a lush floral blend of rose-jasmine and bergamot-spiked scent.

The queen kept the perfume with her at all times, even during her imprisonment in the Temple Tower of Paris, carrying it in a midnight colored jade vial. Shortly before her death, she gave the vial to her most trusted confidant, Marquise de Tourzel and the flask remains in the possession of de Tourzel’s descendant to this day, safeguarded in the family’s Burgandy Chateau.

Pierre Lubin, who was the perfumer apprentice, paid a closer attention to the formula for this elixir. The formula was kept in Lubin’s archives under the name “Jardin Secret” and was discovered centuries later by the house current owner, Gilles Thevenin, who believed it to be the queen’s scent and restored its original name, aptly named The Black Jade, a name passed down from a confidant.

However the fragrance would smell like, I'm sure it is as deliciously extravagant as you would expect from a queen notorious for her lavish tastes. The history itself was rather fascinating and aspiring, initially the inspiration for my next piece...


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