I wanted to call your attention again to the semi-official news that Aura, the virgins' perfume in Das Parfum, will be commercialized on a wider scale, probably next year. I also wanted to add further information about the conception of the perfume other than the one I presented in my post yesterday.
Christophe Laudamiel has explained that together with Christophe Hornetz they sought to compose a perfume that would offer perfect equilibrium between the different ingredients used. It was conceived of as a perfume in which you would not be able to distinguish the different elements going into the composition, but that you could wear with all other existing perfumes...
In other words - and to me this is very much an universalistic ambition in step with the dominant ideas of the 18th century in France which gave birth to an universal encyclopedia - it was conceived of as an universal "sublimateur de parfum" that is, a scent that combined with all other scents would add "un supplément d'âme" (that's my expression of choice) or as Laudamiel says, "un je-ne-sais-quoi" that is, something intangible, difficult to define, yet very much present and felt by people who come under its influence. Aura is therefore destined to improve any perfume you might fancy wearing and could be seen, in more prosaic terms, as a perfume primer of sorts. They conducted tests and reportedly, it works.
How did they manage to achieve that goal? Laudamiel and Hornetz selected one ingredient from each and every existing perfume families. This has amounted to choosing between 80 to 100 ingredients.
I find this experience fascinating and cannot wait, of course, to try Aura.
Source: Isabelle Cerboneschi, Le Temps
Photo of Laudamiel by V.Ferval, from S-Perfume.