The Louvre Just Released 8 Custom Perfumes Inspired by Famous Artworks
Have you ever wanted to smell like the "Venus de Milo?" Now’s your chance to nab her scent.
In order to create these unique perfumes, Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac, co-founders of Officine Universelle Buly (Buly 1803), recruited eight different experts from the perfume world to interpret eight chosen artworks from the Louvre.
The works included were "Winged Victory of Samothrace" (a sculpture of the Goddess Nike by an unknown artist), the "Venus de Milo" by Praxiteles, "The Bather and La Grande Odalisque" by Auguste-Dominique Ingres, "Saint Joseph Charpentier" by Georges de La Tour, "Conversation in a Park" by Thomas Gainsborough, "The Bolt" by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and "Nymph With Scorpion" by Lorenzo Bartolini.
Each perfumier was given total freedom when their scent. Touhami told Agence France-Presse, “It is about adding an olfactory dimension to a visual experience. I chose eight perfumers, all stars, and gave them 100 percent freedom, with no limit on their budgets.”
The perfumers chosen include Jean-Christophe Hérault, Daniela Andrier, Domitille Michalon Bertier, Sidonie Lancesseur, Aliénor Massenet, Delphine LeBeau, Annick Ménardo, and Dorothée Piot.
According to Mental Floss, each perfume ended up with a distinct scent profile that reflected the essence of each piece. You’ll be pleased to know that the "Venus de Milo," is actually a fruity and flowery combination of mandarin, jasmine, and amber, according to Lonely Planet.
As for the other artworks, the perfumers took stock of the piece’s subject matter, emotional impact, and feel. "The Bather," for instance, is a combo of lavender, orange blossom, patchouli, and neroli oil, according to Mental Floss. If that doesn’t remind you of a nice, long soak in a spa, we’re not sure what will.
Some other highlights include a spicy combo of pink pepper and incense for "La Grande Odalisque," a scent of wood chips and verbena for "Saint Joseph Charpentier," a sophisticated yet feminine scent of tuberose, magnolia, and myrrh for "Winged Victory of Samothrace," musk and lilies for "The Bolt," the smell of a bright, spring garden for "Conversation in a Park," and an herbal and flowery mixture of jasmine and amber for "Nymph With Scorpion," according to Lonely Planet.
The scents are available in the form of candles and perfumes (both for $169) as well as scented soap sheets for just under $23 and scented postcards for around $8, Lonely Planet reported.
The fragrances will be available at the Officine Universelle Buly pop-up shop in the Allée du Grand Louvre from July 3 until Jan. 6, 2020. Here’s hoping that they’ll be made available online in the future as well so everyone in the world can take a whiff.