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.
Native to the flooded landscapes of Amazonia, the giant waterlily (Victoria amazonica) is a fascinating perennial water plant. A member of the Nymphaeaceae family, it can grow up to five metres wide, with white or pink flowers reaching a diameter of 30 centimetres. First brought to Europe in 1800, its magnificent blossoms, representing the exotic and all its extremes, can be seen in botanical gardens across the Continent
HOW IT SMELLS
An aquatic fruitiness. The giant waterlily’s top note, a vegetal yet subtly floral fragrance is augmented by succeeding tones that are both fruity and addictive. Its fresh, floral facets then open out with coloured notes, succulent and fruit-filled, reminiscent of pineapple
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.