Primordial Magnolia

Primordial Magnolia. You are one of the first to announce Spring when other flowers are still lolling in the comfort of their bud. Your magnificence is on par with the magic of your fragrance. In spite of being one of the most ancient flowers known on our planet Earth, your beauty is still unaltered after almost one…

Calabrian Bergamot

Calabrian Bergamot. Were you truly the secret ingredient of the tea offered by a wealthy Mandarin of Fujian to the Prime Minister Charles Grey, or more realistically a convenient flavoring to enhance the aroma of a stale black pekoe that the Earl particularly appreciated? Legends abound around the origin of one of the most popular…

Barber Shop Cradle

More than half a century ago, I was born as the late son of a barber in a small countryside town in Switzerland. My mother was a Paris-born hairdresser and perfumer who came to find a better fortune in the land of her father, shortly after the Second World War which tore out France. There she…