Only the initiated few can decode the motifs woven into an Arlésienne’s ribbon. It has its own language of colours. Bright hues tell of the boldness of a woman who is absolutely free. A white background hints at femininity. Deep shades emphasise the sensual mystery of an intangible presence.
Every ribbon is unique; if you look closely, you’ll see. Two- tone or multi-coloured, it speaks its own language and weaves a pattern as unique as the woman who wears it in her hair.
The art of ribbon-making
is dying out. Old looms that could once make ribbons of an exceptional density no longer exist. Hardly anyone today knows how to tightly criss-cross thousands of threads to form motifs created by talented artists. Ribbon-making may soon become a thing of the past, but Arlésiennes remain true to their traditional costume – and to the Arlésiennes before them. They still wear their ribbons with pride.
Inspired by this timeless and unspoken language, the oral, musky opulence of the new Arlésienne is a fragrant turn of phrase, composed with all women in mind – but one in particular…
Elusive, evasive almost, she leaves an irresistibly oral scent on her ribbon – a ribbon that belongs only to her… Timeless, her paradoxical nature is driven by a profound desire to be different, inimitable.
In the past, she made a statement through the ribbon she chose. Today, she wears a fragrance that re ects every facet of her per sonality.
Arlésienne is a fragrance inspired by the wishes and desires of an elusive muse who shares a collective history, yet is unlike anyone else. The woman is one with her fragrance, playing on a contrast between the subtle elegance of rich oral notes and the enveloping scent of white musk.
Available from November in Delightful Bath & Shower Gel, Beauty Milk, Velvet Hand Cream, Delicious Gloss for lips, Perfumed Soap and Eau de Toilette.
THREE FLOWERS FULL OF CHARACTER
THE ROSE OF GRASSE
In the gardens of the city of perfumers, the Centifolia rose is picked at dawn, before the rst rays of sunshine appear. The barely open owers are delicately gripped between the thumb and index nger, then removed from the stem with a twisting movement. In one hour, just 7 to 9 kg are harvested – and it takes 800kg of owers to yield 1kg of the absolute. But the reward for this patient work is great: every harvest yields a precious infusion that diffuses a deep, sensual scent.
THE VIOLET OF TOURRETTES-SUR-LOUP
Marcel Quentin is one of the few remaining producers of violet leaves in the region. His elds lie at the foot of this village, which sits on a rocky plateau inland. Thousands upon thousands of leaves with delicate veins form green waves across the landscape. Cut by hand, they are harvested from February to September, then processed to obtain the concrete, then the absolute, in the factories of Grasse. Powdery and slightly sweet, the ower recalls the nobility of iris. Violet leaf, meanwhile, is its alter ego: crisp, vibrant and green, it captures the very essence of nature and the vitality of plants.
THE SAFFRON OF PROVENCE
The men and women of the region have learned to live in harmony with a ower that likes to be handled gently, and with respect. When the time comes, the stigmas (the saffron itself) are plucked from the ower by hand on the day the owers are picked. The petals are spread out in the shade and left to dry. Then, using a process developed by L’OCCITANE, a unique ingredient is extracted, with a captivating scent that reveals a complex accord with hints of spice and leather.