New Perfume Review: Houbigant Quelques Fleurs Jardin Secrets (Luca Maffei) 2017+ Eternal Spring Draw


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I love knowing secrets, especially scented ones.  Imagine a retreat you escape to, that no knows about.  This can be a place hidden in plain sight or somewhere far away, but what makes it special is that it is your secret place.

Houbigant Quelque Fleurs Jardin Secrets photo by Aaron in his garden

My secret place is my garden where I spend as much time as I possibly can.  It’s not a place I usually allow others; it is literally my own secret garden – my castle, my refuge, my home.  When Michelyn reported from Esxence that wunderkind Italian perfumer Luca Maffei and Creative Director Elisabetta Perris debuted a ‘secret garden” for the storied House of Houbigant, my interest was piqued. 

Tim Walker for Italian Vogue Dancing Flowers©

Quelques Fleurs Jardin Secret's  beauty is intertwined with the history of one of the most iconic and revered fragrances in the world; Robert Bienaimé’s 1912 floral masterpiece Quelques Fleurs which still captives me each time its magic tickles my nose. As a collector of vintage fragrances, it one of the most perfect fragrances ever created and I am thrilled how beautifully Luca Maffei reinterpreted this gem.  Hundreds of thousands of  fragrant delights tempt; fantasy at every turn.  Colors dance in an ecstatic kaleidoscopic ever changing…wonderment with each glance. 

Drew Barrymore photographed by Annie Liebovitz

Then, out of your peripherial vision, you see a lone arbor and a narrow path. Walking down the path you are transported to a magical land of eternal spring. A  wondrous world with perfectly placed citrus trees, beautifully manicured rose hedges, and graceful flowers carpet the ground. 

Photo Tim Walker ©

There are flowers placed by color here and there, and each row is spaced just so, to allow an airy feel to the peaceful atmosphere.The scent of citrus tree fruit is the first you encounter – mandarin orange. You are calm and exhilarated simultaneously. Next, vibrant green bergamot trees filled with still green fruits adds a lively twist to the orange as we come to our first corner. 

Chanel Iman for The Block Summer 2010©

The area opens up to a small field lined by paths on each side lined by rose hedges filled with yellow, red, but mostly white blossoms. Their fragrance is not overpowering, it is graceful and certainly elegant. One both sides of the path stand perfectly formed magnolias with their pale pink and white flowers emanating their light citrusy floral magic in the breeze along with the orange blossoms a short way behind.  You feel your soul is being cleansed.

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Moving forward the path is lined with rows of jasmine planted in rich sandalwood mulch leading to the entrance of a walled gazebo covered with ylang ylang vines. Here you can sit awhile and contemplate the beauty that surrounds you and gaze at a fountain, seemingly from another time, where water flows surrounded by fragrant bushes. The air around you is crystal clear and smells clean and inviting, with a pleasant musky undertone emanating from your own skin. It’s at this moment you realize you have found sweet bliss in your own scented secret garden.

TOP NOTES: Bergamot, Yellow Mandarin, Neroli.

HEART NOTES: Magnolia Flower, Narcissus Absolute, Rosa Centifolia Absolute, Orange Blossom Absolute, Jasmine, Orris, Ylang Ylang.

BASE NOTES: Sandalwood, Ambrette Absolute, White Amber, Musk.

Quelques Fleurs Jardin Secret EDP is available exclusively at Neiman Marcus in the USA and on Houbigant Paris’ website

Disclaimer:  Review based on tester supplied by Houbigant Paris.  Thank you.  Opinions are my own.

–Aaron Potterman, Contributor and Vintage Perfume Expert and Michelyn Camen, Editor-in-Chief who also is the Art Director

Quelque Fleurs Jardins Secrets photo by Aaron 

Thanks to the generosity of Houbigant Paris USA and The Perris Group we have a 100 ml bottle (valued at $ 190) for a registered US reader, (please register so your comment counts here). To be eligible, please tell us what you thought of Aaron’s review of Quelques Fleurs Jardins Secret, a hidden place you love to spend time or if you have a garden and your favorite Houbigant Fragrance.  The draw closes 4/23/2017

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