A new creation for its collection extraordinaire
Van Cleef & Arpels are releasing a new composition in the Collection Extraordinaire baptized Moonlight Patchouli, an ode to a historical and polarizing ingredient of perfumery (Pogostemon cablin), which has been both loved and hated since the 19th century, but which does not leave you indifferent…
Moonlight Patchouli emerges between shadow and light. A moment of mystery, this mixed fragrance was composed to echo the poetic vision of the moon illuminating the night with its halo.
Patchouli is the star of the show. Notably from Indonesia, essence of patchouli has been appreciated for centuries. The Asian plant first arrived in England, and then France in the 19th century. It traveled thanks to the fashions, accompanying cashmere stoles from the other side of the world, in trunks scented with its precious leaves.
Fifty kilos of leaves are needed to obtain a kilo of essential oil. Powerful and earthy, its scent releases a camphorated freshness that appeals to both men and women.
Today, patchouli is refined down to its most beautiful qualities, so that only its powerful woodiness remains. Extremely recognizable, its woodsy aroma has accents of cocoa that transport your imagination to exotic lands.
The light rises above the patchouli under a moonlit sky: a floral heart blossoms with Bulgarian rose and beautifully powdery iris. The base note reveals a suede accord, adding a leathery and fruity quality to prolong the trail.
On skin, the fragrance offers woody and leathery notes for him, and a powdery floral signature for her.
The quality of the raw materials and the understated bottle have characterised Collection Extraordinaire by Van Cleef & Arpels since its origins. For this new opus, the bottle is dressed in elegance with an intense shiny black lacquer. The white box features a cartouche outlined with a silver edge, on which appears the name: Moonlight Patchouli, and the embossed monogram of the High Jewellery Maison.