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Martine Denisot burgeoned in a sleepy rural region, learning by heart the odors of loam, tree bark, hay and bluebells. Her olfactory vocabulary took root there, amid the fields and woods. Then her love of travel, irrepressible sense of fantasy and natural curiosity completed the mix…

It was thanks to Jacques Polge, the “house nose” at Chanel, that she gained her first hands-on experience with the raw materials of perfumery, the oils and absolutes. She worked for several months in the prestigious brand’s laboratory, following her instincts, and in the process discovering the finest ingredients, the abstract compounds (like methyl anthranilate, with its odor of marker ink), harmonious accords and dissonant notes.

An olfactory alchemist, she measures, cuts and pastes, playing her ingredients the way a musician plays notes. The result is a precise, refined harmony, subtle and free of ostentation. Not unlike the famous “Slow” movement in food. Martine has a special fondness for “cocoon” fragrances: intimate, personal compositions that coddle and caress, that whisper a message of well-being.

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