This week Cafleurebon published my review of Grandiflora Fragrance’s latest perfume called Boronia, which the brand’s founder, Saskia Havekes, created with French perfumer Bertrand Duchafour. Last year I interviewed Saskia and Bertrand about their Queen of the Night perfume and once again I made my way to Saskia’s flower shop, which I love to visit, tucked away down the quaint end of Macleay Street in Sydney’s Potts Point.
Saskia had just returned from Pitti Fragranze in Florence, where she unveiled Boronia. Grandiflora was also unveiling a new look with new packaging and bottles. To me Boronia feels like a full departure away from Grandiflora’s first four fragrances, which have an ethereal opulence about them. In contrast, Boronia is dark, almost brooding, and I feel like Bertrand has turned yet another page in his ever evolving style as a perfumer.
When Saskia described her childhood memory of this little Australian native flower, Bertrand’s treatment of it made much more sense. Saskia told me, “I grew up with Boronia. I grew up in Kenthurst, on a valley and literally the whole of the valley was filled with boronia. Not the brown boronia, although there was a bit of that growing there, but mostly the lighter pink boronia and eriostemon. I remember it as a child, walking through to the boronia and the type of soil it grows in. We had a creek down the bottom and I spent a lot of time down there as a child. We used to boil the billy and do all that kind of stuff without any shoes on. It was all very natural. There was lots of moss and sandstone rockery through the water. I have lots of beautiful memories from that.”
Saskia shared some of Bertrand’s emails, which showed how the pair collaborated from opposite ends of the earth, Saskia in Sydney and Bertrand in Paris, until they came to the finish. The result is a fragrance that captures the scent of the flower as well as the environment in which it grows.
I won’t say more as everything I had to say is in the review I wrote for Cafleurebon. If you are reading this post before October 12, there is still time to leave a comment on my Cafleurebon review to go into a worldwide draw to win a bottle of Grandiflora Fragrance – Boronia. Click here to head over to the review now.
Olfactive direction: Saskia Havekes
Perfumer: Bertrand Duchaufour (Accords et Parfum)
Release Date: 2017
Typology (via Fragrances of the World): Mossy woods
Notes: Boronia megastigma, cognac, verdant florals, black tea, warm resins, tobacco, suede, caramel and dry woods.
Australian stockist details: www.grandiflorafragrance.com