Honoré des Prés, Organic Fragrances Designed by Olivia Giacobetti


When it comes to perfume, most eco-centric women tend to shy away from conventional choices and gravitate toward pure perfume oils instead. Considering that so many fragrances contain phthalates, petrochemicals and animal ingredients, it’s easy to see why. We don’t want to breathe these substances in and apply them to our skin.

Stores aren’t exactly brimming with natural, organic alternatives – all the more reason why every release of a genuinely green, nontoxic perfume is so exciting. Honoré des Prés is the first line of French organic perfumes designed by Olivia Giacobetti, one of France’s most famous perfumers. Each scent in this luxury line is completely organic, ECOCERT certified and free of petrochemicals, synthetic perfumes, coloring agents and phthalates.

Scents include:

Chaman’s Party – An explosive perfume due to its top-secret ingredients with aphrodisiac properties. Inspired by a tree-house experience and total immersion in the heart of the virgin Amazon forest. Vetiver root from Haiti, sacred basil from Egypt, Wood of Life from Venezuela, dried clove flowers from Madagascar.

Bonte’s Bloom –Inspired by dreamlike summer voyage: dressed in white muslin and wearing a vintage hat, you walk alongside sunflower fields in a warm sun-kissed afternoon and marvel at dragonflies and butterflies. Sunflowers, South Indian flowers, wild Moroccan blue chamomile, fresh citrus fruit leaves from Paraguay, sage leaves – those that the wild honeybees prefer – and a drop of white iris butter to add a touch of “vintage chic”.

Nu Green – Inspired by a spring morning’s refreshing swim in a natural rock pool in the heart of nature. You sense how this beneficial water purifies, sheds the superficial. A ruffle of crumpled green mint leaves, enveloping dewy grass with Indian botanical musk, clumps of monastic medicinal tarragon… and cedar wood.

Sexy Angelic – Inspired by a deliciously sweet experience of French candies from Aix-en-Provence… the pure secret of seduction used by French women to meet their Prince Charming! A fresh almond fruit caress rubbed onto weeping maidens’ cleansed skin. A snip of hemlock flower, a touch of Angelica – but only the seed – and… a hint of freshly baked “Calisson” marzipan candy from Aix-en-Provence.

Honore’s Trip – Saturated with citrus fruit, saturated with color, saturated with Mediterranean fruit, saturated with freshness… An explosive cocktail of pure tangerine extracts, Mediterranean oranges, all yellow and green lemons, together with spicy pepper taken from trees in the Philippine Islands.

Honoré des Prés is currently available at Le Printemps in Paris and online at La Mure Favorite.

Stephanie Rogers is a fashion- and beauty-obsessed freelance writer with an abiding love for kale and organic wine, living in Asheville, North Carolina.