Manoumalia is a creation offering an undeniable anthropological flavor in the method that gave birth to it. The latest perfume by brand Les Nez Parfums d'Auteurs (lit. The Noses -- Authors' Perfumes) we now learn (see earlier announcement today) was inspired by the Wallisian olfactory culture of New Caledonia in French Polynesia.
Perfumer Sandrine Videault composed the fragrance but also undertook to do olfactory fieldwork of an ethnographic type to garner information from local sources and meet people who possess "...a deep and sincere olfactory culture" in her view. Videault has been familiar with the culture since she was a child.
Following a TV program on RFO the perfumer was extended an invitation by a Wallisian lady named Malia who offered her to come and explore their local perfume culture. The result is Manoumalia which attempts to stand as an "olfactory picture" of Wallisian cultural habits in the realm of the fifth sense...
The fragrance composition is described as a floral-woody-ambery perfume incorporating aromas that hold special meanings and represent different styles of perfume applications in Wallisian culture while offering a modern Western structure. Wallisian perfumes are used in various guises as jewelry (necklaces, bracelets), makeup (curcuma), hair color (sandalwood sawdust).
From top to bottom, the scent features notes and accords of fragraea, vetyver, tiare, sandalwood sawdust, ylang-ylang, ambery accord. Fragrea (fragrea berteriana) also called the Perfume Flower Tree or Pua Kenikeni or Ten Cent Flower is said to be the equivalent of the Tiare flower to Tahitians.
Please stay tuned for more on this perfume when it becomes available. Meanwhile you are invited to sample it in advance (see previous post).
Via Les Nez press release