It’s down there in Turin that I got to meet Lucien Ferrero as we both were lecturing for the Osmothèque Versailles about different historic topics: first his conference about Chypres, then it was my turn to talk about “The golden age of Italian perfumery”. Meanwhile we had some time to talk about his creations. For who’s not familiar with his name, Lucien Ferrero spent many years in Grasse with perfumers like Jean-Claude Ellena, and Jean-Claude Gigodot and signed over 50.000 formulas for Expressions Parfumées, some of which were produced and the others are part of the company’s library.
“Lucien was so happy he told me he’s got like fortysomething formulas in his drawer so to keep him quite I told him let’s start with three!” added Roberto Drago, who’s also the founder of Laboratorio Olfattivo for which Lucien Ferrero signed two new creations in the Masters Collection. This cannot make me happier given the result is a trio of beautiful perfumes expressing timeless French refinement with a pinch of up-to-date sparkle. All the three creations were extraordinary, but I chose to review Par Amour pour Elle, a fragrance Lucien Ferrero created for his wife. Trust me, I was lucky enough to smell it on this elegant lady and was totally smitten.
|Pentax Calendar by Guy Bourdin, 1980|
|Dalida in a fringe dress for her disco-show, 1979|
Top notes: neroli, wild hyacinth, Bulgarian rose essence, blackcurrant buds; Heart notes: Sweet William, orange blossom absolute, Indian Jasmine absolute, ylang-ylang; Base notes: tuberose absolute, white musks, labdanum resinoid, sandalwood, myrrh resinoid
Disclosure: This review was based on a sample of Lucien Ferrero Par Amour pour Elle received from Kaon, Lucien Ferrero distributor during Esxence. Par Amour pour Elle has good longevity but is never overpowering with an average sillage.