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Ever Wanted to Smell Like A Work Of Art
Eau de Louvre anyone?
News 01 Jul 2019


Art is all about arousing the senses, am I right? We use our eyes to see art, our ears to listen to video, film and performance art, and our hands are always begging to be able to touch art (while we’re not usually allowed to, I’m sure we will be in time). So it seems that, of the five senses, there are just two that have been left left out: taste and smell. And, we must admit, that while canapés and artists dinners don’t technically count as tasting art, they’re pretty damn close. But how do we go about smelling art I hear you cry? Well, don’t worry my good friends because Paris’s most cherished museum has done all of the hard work for you. Yep, that’s right, the Louvre has just commissioned a series of perfumes based on some of its most iconic masterpieces, and you’ll be able to have a whiff – or better yet douse yourself in the aroma of art – this summer.


The eight fragrances have each been inspired by a painting or sculpture within the Louvre’s collection. Of course, recreating the scent of the Venus de Milo requires a very particular nose. The Louvre didn’t go to just any perfumer to perform this task, the institution was instead in contact with Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac, co-founders of French perfume company Officine Universelle Buly, known as two of the best noses in France.

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Cette huile sèche et parfumée réconforte et assouplit la peau desséchée par le soleil et le sel d'une baignade en mer. Ne vous restreignez pas, l’Huile Antique prend également soin des cheveux qu’elle lustre et hydrate. Le flacon qui accompagne la brume estivale. This dry and fragrant oil brings solace and suppleness to skin that has been dried out by the sun and the salt of a dip in the sea. Don't restrict yourself, Huile Antique also takes care of the hair that it shines and hydrates. The beauty vial that accompanies the summer haze. 太陽と海水浴によって乾燥した夏の肌を柔らかく健やかにする、香り高いドライオイル。髪を保湿し輝きを与えるケアにもお使いいただけるユイル・アンティークは、美しいボトルも魅力的です。#dryoil #huileantique #officineuniversellebuly

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Touhami and de Taillac employed eight of the best perfumers in Paris, giving them free reign to come up with scents to suit artworks by Ingres, Fragonard and Gainsborough. The perfumers had an unlimited budget, so it is likely that the final aromas will be as luxurious as the sight of an old master painting framed in the Louvre. Many of these masterpieces were made hundreds of years ago, so it will be interesting to get a sniff of them. (Here’s hoping they’ve aged well!)
The Louvre’s debut fragrances will be for sale in a pop-up shop next to the museum from 3 July 2019 until January 2020
 
Words Lizzy Vartanian
Images via @houseofdreams88, @fcgphotographye, @officine_universelle_buly

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