Flo­ral Gem

Di­a­monds are not the only thing that come in a lit­tle blue box. Ni­co­lette Wong sniffs out Tif­fany & Co’s new Eau de Par­fum In­tense

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1. THE LEGACY

Tif­fany & Co has long been one of the fore­most jewellers in the world, ever since its found­ing in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tif­fany. The mai­son strives to pro­duce pieces that are both con­tem­po­rary and time­less, and th­ese have been worn by tastemak­ers the world over, from Amer­i­can so­ci­ety main­stays such as the As­tors and the Van­der­bilts, to sil­ver screen stars such as Au­drey Hep­burn and Gal Gadot.

2. THE IN­SPI­RA­TION

Cap­tur­ing the bright­ness of Tif­fany’s sig­na­ture gems and the weight of its her­itage is no easy task, one that fell to master per­fumer Daniela An­drier of Gi­vau­dan, the world’s lead­ing flavours and fra­grance com­pany. She took in­spi­ra­tion from the iris flower, which has played a sig­nif­i­cant role in Tif­fany’s his­tory. It was an iris brooch with de­man­toid gar­net blos­soms and Mon­tana sap­phires that earned Tif­fany the grand prize at the Paris Ex­po­si­tion in 1900.

3. THE PROCESS

The iris but­ter used in the fra­grance is har­vested only in July and Au­gust every year, and is extracted us­ing hy­drodis­til­la­tion to en­sure a bright and rich flo­ral note that lasts longer on the skin. The bot­tle re­calls the 82 facets of the fa­mous 128.54-carat yel­low Tif­fany di­a­mond from 1878. Nat­u­rally, the per­fume also comes in Tif­fany’s sig­na­ture lit­tle blue box.

4. THE SCENT

The Tif­fany Eau de Par­fum In­tense is a more pow­er­ful con­coc­tion than the house’s orig­i­nal Eau de Par­fum. The scent is musky and flo­ral, but warm and sen­sual. Top notes of man­darin leaf and pink pep­per­corn add a hint of bright­ness to the el­e­gant pow­dery heart notes of iris flower, which are stronger and deeper in this scent than in its pre­de­ces­sor. Base notes of warm am­ber and sweet vanil­la­like ben­zoin ground the scent as it is worn through­out the day.

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