Guest Post By Val, the Cookie Queen of Australian Perfume Junkies
The word “terroir” is used to describe the characteristics of a certain place – the geography, geology and climate. In the case of Richard Lüscher Britos (RLB) their Terroir Perfumes represent a particular area where very special aromatic plants grow. It is from these that Richard Lüscher Britos prepare their excellent perfumes. The fragrances tell individual stories from specific areas, and are the foundation of each of their natural perfumes.
Wait! Stop! I don’t like natural perfumes!
About month ago Vero Kern of Vero Profumo and Andy Tauer of Tauer Perfumes asked me if I would like to attend the launch of Richard Lüscher Britos Terroir Perfumes in
Zürich, a project in which they had both been asked to create a fragrance. Huh?? They didn’t have to ask twice. I was on my way.
Malvin Richard, Lukas Lüscher and Serena Britos have been friends since their youth.
With Malvin being the son of Jean-Claude Richard, perfumer, and Lukas’ father doing forest research, and Serena accompanying Malvin’s family as a child on perfume trips (she has since studied ethnobotany), it is no wonder that they are all fascinated by natural plant fragrances.
RLB started with Terroir Perfumes about two years ago. It was around this time that they met Andy and Vero and described their project to them.
RLB completely immersed themselves in their Terroir project, from the picking of the different plants to the distillation process. (You can read about the French adventure on Andy Tauer’s blog.)
So, on to the evening itself: We arrived in Zürich, illegally parked the car down a dark alley, and made it to the launch with about ten minutes to spare. Five and a half hours door-to-door, including loo and caffeine stops!
Each of the five perfumes are named after their coordinates on the map.
44°N 03°E, 14°S 48°E, 38°N 16°E, 04°N 74°W, 46°N 08°E. Please don’t ask me how to remember them, I can hardly remember my own name. But dig out a map
and have a look!
Vero Kern was the first to introduce her perfume and its components that she had created for RLB. 14°S 48°E lands you right in Madagascar!
She explained how it was a real challenge to create a perfume completely comprised of naturals. How aromas disappear more quickly due to their complex composition and other stuff that went right over my head!
As each perfumer in turn defined their creations, they passed around flacons of the pure extra essential oils for us to sniff. In this case the extra means the kind of extraction, if I understood correctly. This was totally cool. The ylang ylang for example smelled heavenly as I would expect. I was surprised though to smell the tuberose and to hardly recognise it.
RLB had exquisitely beautiful scarves printed with the flora and fauna of each of the Terroirs. I wish I had bought one.
If you had told me a couple of months ago that I would be trying natural perfumes, and driving over 500km to do so I would never have believed it.
The Terroir Perfumes have nothing to do with my preconceived ideas of “natural”. The scents are stunning. The flacons are luxurious. They stay on my skin for a minimum of six hours. There is at least one that I would buy a full bottle of!
Thanks so much to Andy and Vero, Richard and Malvin for such a warm welcome. And to my husband Chris for not only driving me there, but for learning all he could about Andy and Vero before we went.
And yes, of course I took cookies.