French art perfume house L'Artisan Parfumeur will launch a new fragrance composition called Bana Banana from March of 2019.
The puzzling name is a reference to the main note of banana the composition showcases, while sounding like an echo of the hedonistic atmosphere of the Folies Bergères cabaret in Paris...
The eau de parfum was initially created in 1976 by brand founder Jean Laporte as a scent for a stage costume inspired by the fruit. The experimental accord was never fully developed into a marketable fragrance, until now, by perfumer Céline Ellena, who heard the anecdote retold by her father Jean-Claude Ellena.
The initial creative idea by Laporte was to attempt to blend jasmine and banana, as he had noticed that a facet of ripe bananas smells jasmine-like.
Ellena the younger explained that,
"she imagined this composition as if it were an embroidery made out of petit point, both magical and strange."
This is reported to be an ambery banana perfume. The edp opens on top notes of soft pepper, nutmeg flower and violet leaves; the heart consists of jasmine, iris and banana blossoms; the base rests on tonka bean, musk and amber. It is the "marriage of a garland of jasmine and a bouquet of jammy bananas."
[Source: press release]