New in the US are three luxurious fragrances by French perfume house and more generally speaking bienêtrerie (an invented word) Auguste established in 1994. They are Esprit de Cuir, Esprit de Chypre, Esprit de Chine. Bottled in antique-looking porcelain flacons that seem inspired by tea caddies, these are available in pure parfum concentration only. In France, they are sold privately through a registered sale system. All seem to present a characteristic old-school, authentic vintage flair according to the ad copy,
"The old-world, vintage feel of the composition [Esprit de Cuir] is astounding. If somebody told us that this was an ancient scent discovered, perfectly preserved, in an attic, we wouldn't have been surprised." .......
Esprit de Cuir:
Notes: Citron, geranium, galbanum, jasmine, clove, birch, opoponax, tonka bean absolute, oak moss absolute.
Esprit de Chypre:
"Auguste's rendition of chypre is an ode to the soft, powdery and earthy fragrances of the past, to the perfumes suave and sophisticated."
Notes: bergamot, ylang, citron, patchouli, nutmeg, vetyver, oak moss absolute, heliotrope, cistus absolute.
Esprit de Chine:
This scent is presented as Auguste's interpretation of the Crêpe de Chine style of perfumes.
Notes: ambrette, orange blossom, lilac, carnation, muguet, white musk, tree moss absolute, sandalwood.
Each parfum is priced $245 for 40 ml. Samples are available for $ 7 each at Luckyscent.