In collaboration with the Paris National Museum of Natural History, Carrière Frères highlights an exceptional collection of plants that are unusual, exotic, or packed with history.
By working with the National Museum of Natural History, Carrière Frères has chosen to reconnect with botany’s historical wealth and centuries of enlightened research. Beginning in the 19th Century, when Carrière Frères was established, and the sciences and botany worked to serve industry and progress. The Museum is the guarantor of this legacy. In the heart of its archives is a collection of vellum paper (drawings on parchment) that is unique in all the world.
Its partnership with the Museum allows Carrière Frères to reinforce its interest in the rich botanical and zoological illustrations that date from the early 17th Century to the mid-19th Century. These drawings are of a fineness rarely seen; the coloured plates making up the Museum’s vellums reveal rare or unusual plants, and inspire new geographic and olfactory exploration.
Absinthe or common wormwood (Artemisia absinthium L.) is a perennial shrub native to continental, temperate zones in Europe, Asia and North Africa. Known since Antiquity, its medicinal use is recorded in Ancient Egypt in the Ebers Papyrus (between 1,600 and 1,500 B.C.); later Pythagoras (570-490 B.C.) and Hippocrates (460- 377 B.C.) wrote about absinthe alcohol and its stimulating effects on human health and creativity. The Ancient Greeks drank wine made from its extract, and in the 18th Century, the public could taste it distilled with green aniseed and fennel.
Called ‘the alcohol that made one mad,’ absinthe was reputed to provide creative powers, and before being banned was the infamous muse that inspired writers Emile Zola and Paul Verlaine, painters Vincent Van Gogh and Edgar Degas.
HOW IT SMELLS
An aromatic, green fragrance. The scent is powerful, green, plant-like. Green notes of galbanum and petitgrain mix with the aniseed scent of the absinthe absolute, supported by basil and mint. A woody base note weaves through the wake of this scented, green bouquet.
45 – 50 hours
ABOUT THE BRAND
In 1884, the Carrière brothers bought the manufacturing factory of Cire Trudon. Whilst their workshop in Normanby still produces both Cire Trudon and Carrière Frères candles, the concept was to fuse ancient savoir-faire, embrace modernity and also build a legacy.
Following the highest standards, innovating, and using only the finest ingredients, Carrière Frères composes fragrances like a periodic table. Carrière Frères group and hero scents extracted from herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, and trees. Like aromatherapy, the range finds inspiration in the many benefits of each plant. This simple approach aims to reveal the natural power of botanicals. Each scent in the range releases the poetic language of nature when smelt.