From BDK’s Collection Azur, an homage to the Mediterranean Sea and time spent there, particularly in the South of France and Corsica. This collection recounts olfactory memories, imagined and real. The salty scent of sun-kissed skin and the citrusy aromas of the fruit trees are among the sources that inspired the composition of these beautiful fragrances.
This ozonic perfume with notes of salt is reminiscent of skin warmed by the sun after a late afternoon swim. Sel d’Argent translates serenity of body and mind into green notes of galbanum and white musks. This fragrance expresses nostalgia for a savoured moment spent sprawled on the rocks of a Corsican beach, in the shade of the marquis.
“Sprinkled with salt crystals and bathed in sea spray, Sel d’Argent is a fresh, white fragrance that seems to come straight from the sea. A fresh, salty breeze that deposits a few salt crystals on sun-warmed skin. A salty cologne where bergamot and grapefruit, enhanced by iodine and ozonic notes, hide the milky candor of a ylang-ylang and orange blossom duo. A sensual play on the skin that only the new silky musks respectful of nature could transcribe. An ode to the freshness of Mediterranean island hesperides.” – Perfumer & Nose, Anne-Sophie Behaghel
Top: Essence of Italian Bergamot, Grapefruit, Salt accord
Middle: Orange Blossom Absolute from Tunisia, Ylang-Ylang Essence from Madagascar, Galbanum Essence from Iran
Base: Ambroxan, Cashmeran, Timbersilk, White Musk
HOW IT WEARS
Opening with a blast of citrus and salt, Sel d’Argent smells like a fresh sea breeze at first. The heart is subtle but definitely detectable – the soft sweetness of florals comes through, but the real star of the scent is the galbanum; its green, resinous, balsamic qualities at the heart of the fragrance. On the dry down, the base notes enhance all the others – the ambroxan and musks amplify everything, adding an airy quality to the scent, while also helping it to stick to the skin for longer. With beautiful projection the lasting power of Sel d’Argent is 6-8 hours on the skin.
Sel d’Argent is such an evocative fragrance. If you want to get yourself in the mood for summer and being a beach bum, this is the scent for you. It reminds us of the feeling of drying off after a refreshing swim, on the beach, but still in the shade citrus trees laden with fresh fruit. It’s clean but still has a natural feeling about it that’s super evocative, it reminds us of every happy summer holiday memory. A beautiful, modern twist on the aquatic fragrance as we know it.
ABOUT THE BRAND
BDK Parfums is an independent perfume house founded by David Benedek. Specialising in unique, creative fragrances made up of high-quality raw materials, each scent has its own narrative, its own tale to tell.
One of the youngest designers and house founders in the industry, David was born in 1989 to a Moroccan/Algerian mother and a Romanian father. Fragrance runs in his family – his grandparents opened a perfume boutique in Paris shortly after arriving there from Transylvania in the 60s.
Each BDK fragrance works around a particular raw material, giving it a life and a story of its own. The house is in a perpetual search for flawless raw materials, which is why most concentrates they use are from the Grasse region in France. The creative process is never rushed; new scents are complete when the perfect equilibrium between notes is found, the alchemy perfect.
David wants people to choose their fragrance as they choose a book in a library – by wearing one of BDK’s scents, a person can experience the story of the perfume, and find the link between fragrance and imagination.
BDK Parfums is based in the heart of Paris, Palais-Royal, so the lids of the BDK bottles have been designed to pay homage to the dome of the iconic Grand Palais. The monument holds many French treasures and is perfectly representative of French savoir-faire – of liberté, égalité, and fraternité – perfect for this proudly French house.
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