French lavender, Calabrese bergamot and Italian mandarin.
Gardenia jasminoides/Gardenia citriodora duo, genet absolute and violet leaf absolute.
Labdanum, vetiver essence, Croatian oak moss & castoreum.
May 1899, Foyer of the Opéra-Comique, Paris
During the Opera’s intermission, a group of seven young men gather at the Grand Foyer in search of new flirtations. Women of all sorts are lured in by the crisp, green scent of the men’s gardenia boutonnieres, enlivened with the bergamot and lavender colognes they wear. As they draw closer, the “Opera Flower” exudes its elegant masculinity, the last breath of a bloom sacrificed on a black-tie lapel.