Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty Bazaar -

Pa­trick Pace, in­ter­na­tional busi­ness direc­tor of Rancé for 13 years on the haute per­fume brand that’s been mak­ing cou­ture scents since the 18th Cen­tury.

“In 17th-Cen­tury Grasse, founder François Rancé started out as a skilled crafts­man of per­fumed gloves, which were all the rage in China and Rus­sia. Af­ter the French Revo­lu­tion, Mon­sieur Rancé moved into cre­at­ing fra­grances for the aris­to­crats, one of whom was Napoleon Bon­a­parte.

“To­day Rancé is still a fam­ily-run com­pany. We have the 12th gen­er­a­tion tak­ing over very soon. We still sell cre­ations from 200 years ago – cer­tain in­gre­di­ents like musk could have been re­placed syn­thet­i­cally since then, of course. But we also have a mod­ern col­lec­tion re­leased two years ago, by Madame Rancé.

“One of them is a mas­ter­piece called Jas­min du Mal­abar, which is known as the best place to grow jas­mine in the south­east of In­dia. This is prob­a­bly one of our most suc­cess­ful fra­grances – known to be unique be­cause it does not have only one kind of jas­mine, but dif­fer­ent kinds of jas­mines to bring out the most vi­va­cious side of the scent.” Avail­able ex­clu­sively at Park­son Pav­il­ion KL. www.rance1795.com

Rancé bou­tique, Mi­lan

Rancé Jas­min du Mal­abar EDP, RM720 (100ml)

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