Once upon a time, there was... Sahska
The time is 1996. Martine Micallef and her accomplice Geoffrey Nejman embark simultaneously on two great adventures: they prepare to welcome their son Alexander and create their perfume house. First-born of this company dedicated to precious fragrances and art bottles: Sahska for Her, an aldehyde floral, and Sahska for Him, a fern oriental, are immediately met with success. "I was pregnant at that time, and very happy. A new life was opening up before me, one that promised to be extraordinarily fulfilling. When the time came to create the Sahska bottle, the shape of the egg came as an evidence. I was carrying life and we were going to give birth to our brand. Initially, we considered naming the fragrances Sasha, which is the Russian diminutive for Alexander. But in order to avoid confusion with Pasha de Cartier, we added a "k" to stand out and, already, lay the first stone of our fantastically exotic universe" reveals Martine Micallef. Today, Alexander and Micallef perfumes are celebrating their 25th anniversary. What a beautiful age!
Why has Grasse become the World Capital of Perfume?
Beyond a charming town in the Cannes hinterland, the first image that comes to mind when mentioning Grasse is that of flowery and fragrant bouquets. Indeed, Grasse benefits from an exceptional geographical location, covered in waterways and enjoying a generously sunny climate which favors the cultivation of many exceptional floral and aromatic varieties. However, in the 15th century, the tannery industry first developed there and shone at European level. Grasse leather is famous for its quality and its greenish color, obtained by maceration in myrtle. Unfortunately, skins emit an unpleasant odor. The idea then arose to perfume these. From 1560, vast fields of jasmine were planted all over. Later, the production of May roses (rosa centifolia), tuberose and lavender shaped the landscape. From the 16th century, the attachment of Provence to the crown of France helped local leather production to gain court favor. Having brought the taste of scented gloves from her native country, Catherine de Medici went to Grasse. During her stay, the Queen is said to have helped develop an interest in fashionable perfumery techniques in Florence, Italy. Grasse then became a royal signature for perfumed tanneries. In 1614, Louis XIII created the corporation of Maîtres Gantiers Parfumeurs. Gradually, perfumery has become the exclusive activity of factories in Grasse which, beyond the manufacture of finished perfume products, now stand as the finest purveyor of raw materials for the industry. In 2018, the know-how related to the perfume of Grasse was listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The same year, M.Micallef, founded in 1996, began to cultivate its own flowers, emblematic of the Grasse region, in its exclusive garden, in order to provide its customers with even more responsible fragrances thanks to a short circuit "from flower to bottle ". This demanding quest for excellent craft products testifies to the brand's commitment to preserving and developing biodiversity and centuries-old know-how. Symbolizing the quintessence of the floral scents of Grasse, several creations magnify the flowers of this garden, like the centifolia rose and jasmine, the emblematic flower of Grasse. https://bit.ly/3j52ifw
Is gifting a new fragrance a good idea?
First, in case you don’t know much about scent families, just do a simple internet search to find the main top, middle and base notes of the fragrance(s) worn by the individual you want to pamper. Once this quick search is done, you’ll know if this person prefers oriental, floral, citrus, spicy, woody or gourmet fragrances. To keep things simple, remember the ingredients of the top notes. For example, if the perfume incorporates jasmine, all you need to do is search our e-shop for the perfumes that contain it. Let your intuition be your guide, as well as the description and design of the bottle: this new perfume will surely be a match! Last but not least, the recipient will surely be touched to find out you did your homework, which shows your sincere interest in them.