This fresh, milk-and-honey cologne is inspired by the gardens around Grand Chalet in the Swiss Alps, where Astier de Villatte’s muse, the nostalgia-obsessed artist Barthus, spent much of his working life. Incorporating notes of linden flowers, sandalwood and vanilla, this nutty eau de cologne evolves slowly on the skin. This concoction is the work of acclaimed Grasse-born perfumer Francoise Caron, who has created fragrances for Christian Lacroix, Helmut Lang, and whose most famous and enduring oeuvre is, L’Eau d’Orange Verte for Hermes.
Astier de Villatte
With a penchant for archaeology and nostalgia, and an unspoken mantra of ‘handmade in Paris’, you’d be forgiven for assuming that French lifestyle brand Astier de Villatte is as old as its collaborators. Most famous for the iconic, chalky white-glazed black terracotta ceramic stashed in delicious towers in their tiny boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré, Astier de Villatte now produce borosilicate glassware, titanium cutlery, gilt-edged notebooks and some of the best eau de colognes in the world.
Directions for use
The more sophisticated sister of the ‘spray-and-go’ eau de parfum, eau de colognes have a complex scent profile and a shorter life on the skin, and are designed to as ‘refreshers’ to be applied at multiple intervals throughout the day. Apply generously as your wardrobe’s finishing touch before leaving the house, to freshen up after lunch, or just before bed for extra-citrussy dreams.
Eau de cologne
Handblown glass bottle