To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Saskia Havekes’ floral atelier Grandiflora, based in the heart of Sydney, Saskia is a an olfactive celebration of the ever-shifting redolence of nature’s most remarkable perfumes. From first impact to long-lingering afterglow this fragrance is the interpretive essence of the Grandiflora store itself, bursting with blooms and walls saturated with the scents of nature.
Top: Ginger, Pink Pepper, Violet Leaves, Tasmanian Myrtle, Water Hyacinth
Middle: Gardenia Petals, Flowershop Accord, Petrichor, Ylang Ylang
Base: Tasmanian Boronia Leaves, Immortelle, Oakmoss, French Mimosa
HOW IT WEARS
Grandiflora’s Saskia opens with the gorgeous headiness of gardenia, and this prominent note remains the entire wear of the fragrance. Green tones of hyacinth and fresh water lift the creamy white florals, which then make way for the warm depth of ylang ylang and oakmoss to create a gorgeous and long lasting depth on the skin. We get around 7-8 hours wear with this fragrance usually.
This is the ultimate gardenia for any gardenia lovers out there. Like a hot day when the beautiful white flower is in full bloom and the intoxicating scent is overwhelming and almost addictive, Saskia delivers those heady, creamy, sexy gardenia tones in spades! This is the type of scent you can imagine wearing on a hot summer’s night as you saunter down the street leaving a trail of scent for your admirers.
ABOUT THE BRAND
“I cannot do without flowers. They are my muse, my passion, my world.”
– Grandiflora founder, Saskia Havekes.
In 1995, Saskia opened her flower shop, Grandiflora, in Potts Point, Sydney. The name draws its inspiration from the Magnolia grandiflora, Saskia’s favourite flower. Magnolias have existed for tens of millions of years, making them representative of the immense beauty and power of nature. The Grandiflora fragrance collection is born from Saskia’s love for flowers and want to capture and distil the rarity of transient scented flowers. Complex, subtle and vivid, the enigma of these flowers has yielded six distinct and original fragrances.
Saskia’s first fragrance mission was to create an ode to her beloved Magnolia grandiflora. This resulted in the birth of Magnolia Grandiflora – Sandrine and Magnolia Grandiflora – Michel, the former inspired by a magnolia at the beginning of its life cycle, the latter at the end.
Then came Madagascan Jasmine, a fragrance with great subtlety and a spiritual integrity that captures the glory and intensity of the stunning white flower. Next was Boronia, an elegy to Australian native flowers, inspired by Saskia’s bush childhood. Using another “impossible” flower, Grandiflora then developed the mystical Queen of the Night, an homage to the enigmatic cactus flower that blooms only once a year in the heart of the night.
Finally, in celebration of 25 years of Grandiflora, Saskia launched her namesake fragrance. Saskia is an ambitious evocation; its layered beauty of contrasts reaches for both the scents and the sensibility of one of the world’s most intriguing little flower shops. This fragrance was the 2022 Art and Olfaction Awards winner for an Independent fragrance.
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