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Sustainable Scents

By: Jeb Gleason-Allured
Posted: September 6, 2007

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Finally, the smelling session concludes with a lively gourmand scent—Cacharel Liberté. The fragrance—constructed by IFF perfumers Domitille Bertier and Olivier Polge—is built around the regional French sweet favorite, Chamonix a l’orange, which Labbé describes as “very addictive.” The fragrance’s bitter orange and patchouli heart was achieved through specific fractions, which resulted in a patchouli with a less rooty, camphoraceous character than is typical—less “dirty.” Labbé explains that Liberté’s orange scent includes both its freshness and candylike aspects. “It’s a new way to work around with a chic kind of patchouli,” she says.
“Sometimes,” she continues, “we are very surprised with a new ingredient we have known for years—it smells different because the extraction [technique] is different. The possibilities are virtually endless.”
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