Sunday, May 14, 2006

I Make It For Mamma

In 1975, perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain created Parure in homage to his mother. The blend is a sophisticated and regal counterpoint of purple notes (plum, lilac, orris (like violets)) against an elegant leathery mossy chypre accord for a woman of discerning taste.

In 1987, Nina was born, a perfume created by Robert Ricci with perfumer Christian Vacchiano. He dedicated this namesake perfume to Nina Ricci, his mother. The perfume is an understated and lovely fresh powdery floral with notes of cassis, marigold, rose, violet, iris, white flowers, sandalwood and vetiver. Let's also not forget...

Mamma made perfume, too. Back in 1927, Lanvin launched Arpege, a perfume which Lanvin owner-couturier Jeanne Lanvin had created with perfumers Paul Vacher and Andre Fraysse for her daughter's 30th birthday. The theme of the perfume is musical (arpeggio, a succession of musical notes) because her daughter was an opera singer.