This is my first experience of a Molton Brown fragrance. I just have a little sample vial but my gosh this is one of those perfumes so perfect I’m saving that little vial for best. Which means I’ll very rarely get round to wearing it but I’m too poor to buy a bottle right now.
This is for me, perfume perfection. I like a lot of perfumes, I even love quite a few, but this…this is my absolute favourite perfume EVER.
Okay so Valbonne is the latest addition to the Navigations Through Scent collection. Each scent takes its inspiration from the origins of perfume and the ancient trade routes with Valbonne landing in the global capital of perfume, Grasse, in the Provencal region of France. Forgive me, I’m borrowing heavily from the press release here, writing about perfumes is my definite weak point…
Inspired by the leather tanning origins of the town and its historic association with perfume making, this perfume is a floral scent (orange flower, bergamot, mimosa, rose and orris) with rich and heavy base notes of vetyver and leather.
The leather notes are very apparent in this and its perfume perfection to me. It’s unusual, it’s rich, it’s perfect for the season and I love love love the explanation from Jennifer Jambon (Molton Brown’s Principle Perfumer):
“The old Gantier perfumers were renowned for the way they infused leather with local flowers and essential oils to create fashionable and luxurious scented gloves. In Valbonne we we have created a modern version of this traditional fragrance – starting with bergamot and orange flower, the scent combines with a floral heart made up of orris, rose, jasmine and mimosa from Grasse. The Intense, woody base note is of leather with a hint of vetyyver, which balances the overall fragrance to make it unisex”
Truly a fragrance that has won my heart. I’m in that awkward position of wondering whether I should sell a child or not… I am also loving the sound of Londinium from the same range, along with Apuldre and Singosari.