B683 and Ganymede. Two enigmatic words, two names of perfumes which open to imaginary worlds. In a few letters transcended into scented trails, the two fragments of the universe telling the inspirations and aspirations of two creative minds, the perfumer Quentin Bisch’s and the couturier Marc-Antoine Barrois.
B683, the first perfume of Maison MARC-ANTOINE BARROIS, was an invitation to discover the French couturier’s creative universe and his imaginary planet. The authentic elegance was stamped with souvenirs such as the sweet and intense leather of a beautiful attaché-case and a desk pad marked by the patina of time, or the warm and woody smell of welcoming homes and family walks in nature.
For this new opus, the destination is elsewhere. Creating an elegant and unexpected harmony around a quartet of mandarin, violet, immortelle and suede, the two fellow artists have dreamt of this new planet : Ganymede, the rocky satellite of Jupiter discovered in 1610 by Galileo, is both luminous and covered with salt-water oceans. It acquired its name from Greek mythology : a young man, Ganymede, was kidnapped by gods who had been so enthralled by his beauty that he was offered immortality.
Composed by perfumer Quentin Bisch, Ganymede once again makes use of the suede-leathery notes that had made B683 a beautiful classic. This time though, the artists emancipated from traditional codes to take us somewhere else, towards a luminous and fluid elegance. Those leather notes become softer, gaining lightness and gentleness in contact with the fragrance of violet. The mandarin smell brings its full vivacity and its acidic essence. The latter gives the tone and verticality of the fragrance from the very start. Yet opposing it, the immortelle is its counterpoint and raises the scented harmony with its double-sided fragrance, at times mineral, at other times salty.
The entire composition plays with contrasts and oppositions. The notes answer one another in a permanent conversation drawing a new olfactory map on the skin, on the revers of a cashmere jacket, or even right there, next to the buttons of the sleeves, on the wrist. If it could be summed up into one single image, it would be a compass: north for the zested liveliness of the mandarin to which the south would answer with the everlasting flower and to highlight this olfactory frame, the density of suede notes on the west would balance the subtle and delicate florality of the violet on the east. Those are four directions for a perfumed journey to a new imaginary world and new codes of elegance.
Head notes: offer a joyful explosion of freshness mainly made of Italian Mandarin and Saffron.
Soft leathery-suede heart brings a seducing refinement thanks to notes of Violet, Chinese osmanthus.
Base note creates the fluid and timeless signature of the perfume with woody and mineral harmonies Akigalawood, Immortelle absolute (Helichrysum Italicum).
Perfumer: Quentin Bisch