In 1888, one of the greatest Parisian houses appeared. Lalique is above all an internationally renowned jeweler. However, it has gradually diversified to deliver us fragrances of exceptional quality.
Always anxious to transmit prestigious objects, the Lalique house then delivers a collection of six essences contained in bottles respecting the strictest jewelry codes. These then take a very art-deco form offering sculptural curves. Their name is affixed there in a black silkscreen printed in hot gold. What is more, their cabochon takes the form of a topaz and the whole thing surprises by its size (22.5cm in height). In addition to having a magnificent design, each of its bottles is stamped with a date. In fact, each fragrance is designed to evoke a key stage in Lalique’s life. The Noir Premier range thus becomes much more than a simple assortment of fragrances. Rather, it is an olfactory timeline of one of the most prestigious French houses.
“L’Or Intemporel”, the creation of the Lalique brand (1988)
The entire history of the Lalique house began in 1888. René Lalique was then a jewelry designer who would become, in a few years, one of the most recognized jewelers of the Art Nouveau style. The ambition of this first fragrance in the Noir Premier range is therefore to symbolize all the prestige of the house. To do this, it is gold, the precious metal par excellence, which is then honored. Indeed, Lalique remains the ultimate symbol of French luxury and nothing less was needed to symbolize all the fame of the house. In addition, this material also refers to the gold hallmark deposited on the creations from the workshop of Renée Lalique since its creation. It then remained to find a way to transcribe the smell of luxury and gold. Inspired by the rich heritage of the house, the Timeless Goldhas chosen to revolve around tobacco and coffee to become one of the most addictive essence. Thus, it becomes almost as fascinating as gold. In this case, it plays on a hot and cold contrast; warm like the golden sunshine color and cold like the feel of metal. The heart of the fragrance is certainly not lacking in character and we find black pepper, patchouli and nutmeg. However, it is also tinged with softer tones like that of vanilla.
Lalique, a beauty as resplendent as that of a “Universal Flower” (1900)
The beginning of the 1900s symbolized a surge of novelty in France. Indeed, at this hour, everyone is in turmoil in front of the Universal Exhibition and the creative impulses do not cease to surprise. What is more, René Lalique is at the height of his career as a jeweler. However, it was indeed in 1900 that chose to diversify its activity. He will then go into glassmaking and will be in constant search of innovations. Its manufacturing processes then earned it the filing of several patents, in particular to protect its famous contrast paste between satin and repolished finishes. Thus, Lalique’s art will become universal and recognized around the world. This fragrance from the Noir Premier range is therefore intended to symbolize the timelessness of Lalique creations. Like a Universal Flower, a work of the house is appreciated by all and gives birth to petals that will never wither. Fleur Universelle is therefore a fragrance in search of a beauty that transcends time. It draws a vibrant heat from the immortal and seizes us from the first moments. This essence evokes hot sand. It then smells like a rum smell associated with myrrh, cinnamon and patchouli.
François Coty’s “Aromatic Lands” (1905)
1905 was a decisive year in the world of perfumery. In addition, it is also that of a very nice meeting. Indeed, it is this year that René Lalique will meet another of his visionary comrades. In this case, it is François Coty. The two men will then challenge each other; that of making perfumery accessible to as many people as possible. In fact, at that time, the bottles were made in limited editions and the perfume was poured from a vial into a single bottle for the whole family. François Coty will therefore imagine a large-scale showcase and will then join forces with René Lalique for this crazy project. 1905 therefore marks the beginning of perfumery as we know it today. Also, an olfactory way was needed to pay homage to François Coty. As the latter is from Corsica,Terres Aromatique has adopted very Mediterranean scents. In addition, René Lalique’s granddaughter loved Provence above all else and it must be recognized that this perfume smells of Garigue. What is more, its main element is none other than thyme. It is then associated with pineapple, lemon, lavandin and tonka bean to deliver a particularly sunny blend.
“Rose Royale”, an outbreak in the heart of Paris (1935)
In 1935, the Lalique house wanted change and renewal. Indeed, as a great jeweler, René Lalique had settled in Place Vendôme in Paris, famous for its very prestigious jewelry. Also, in 1935, the creator decided to sail towards new horizons while remaining in the French capital dear to his heart. He will therefore move to 11, rue Royale, halfway between place de la Concorde and la Madeleine. This change was emblematic for the brand since Lalique will never leave this famous artery of Paris again. Royal Rosesymbolizes the emergence of a delicate boutique selling crystal and purity in the heart of the gray city. This living place is a symbol of the past while being resolutely turned towards the future. Its beauty is timeless and there was no flower more noble than the rose to symbolize this idea. Also, as you will have understood, the whole soul of this perfume revolves around the rose. It takes on a powdery and fruity heart and is then accompanied by other ingredients such as peach, apricot, osmanthus, cashmere wood and white musks.
Marie-Claude Lalique, a new inspiration, a “Fruits of the Movement” (1977)
Après le décès de René Lalique en 1945, son fils Marc reconstruit et modernise l’usine ravagée pendant la guerre. Avec lui commence l’ère du cristal chez Lalique. Puis, après la mort de Marc en 1977, sa fille Marie-Claude Lalique, troisième génération des artistes de la famille, deviendra la directrice de création de la Maison. Elle sera d’ailleurs la seule femme à occuper ce poste prestigieux et fera alors souffler en vent de nouveauté au cœur de la brand. Elle actualisera aussi les modèles, notamment par la création d’une gamme de couleurs vives. Aussi, Fruits du Mouvement se devait de souligner cet élan de nouveauté au cœur de l’histoire de la brand. Il symbolise notamment l’amour de Marie-Claude Lalique pour les couleurs chatoyantes, associées à l’éclat du cristal transparent et donnant à ses œuvres une somptueuse vivacité. Construite autour du pruneau, la fragrance est alors très douce et sensuelle, comme révélatrice d’une part de féminité. De plus, Fruit du Mouvement contient également du poivre noir, de la mandarine et du jasmin. Enfin, elle finit par un fond plus oriental d’ambre et de bois de santal.
« L’Elégance Animale » de la panthère Zeila (1989)
Enfin, notre gamme de luxueux parfums se clos sur l’une des créations les plus célèbre de Marie-Claude Lalique. En l’occurrence, cette dernière est connue pour retranscrire à la perfection le mouvement dans ses créations. D’ailleurs, dans les années 60, elle c’était acheté une colombe afin d’en étudier les déplacements et en vue de retranscrire un extrême réalisme dans ses œuvres. Qui plus est, la famille Lalique a toujours puisé son inspiration dans la faune et la flore. D’ailleurs, René Lalique avait offert une ménagerie en cristal à sa petite fille étant jeune. Celle-ci a donc toujours baigné dans cette tradition et a veillé à la conserver au fil de ses créations. Ainsi, en 1989, elle imagina une panthère de cristal, figée en plein bond. Admirablement réalisée, celle-ci suscita un véritable engouement et devint une œuvre majeure de la fabrique Lalique. Aussi, L’Elégance Animale retranscrit toute la puissance du félin et délivre une senteur cuirée de ses notes de tête jusque dans les profondeurs de son sillage. Celui-ci se mélange alors au safran, à la pêche, à la rose, au baume gurjum et au bois de santal et nous délivre une composition parfaitement architecturée.