In the Garden of Flora

By Akshita Pyla

A glorious garden; filled with colourful flowers and fruits; delightful flora and fauna. What does this picture remind you of? Does it evoke the surreal feeling of walking into a mystical garden? The hanging gardens of Babylon, one the seven wonders of the ancient world is an epic description this exact picture. Imagine walking into a mystical garden like this, can you fantasise what would it smell like? Here are two perfumes that are reminiscent of this divine smelling floral wonderland, scents that interlace with this eternal aura. The Opus 1- Secret Garden by L’Atelier Parfum is a collection that replicates emotions in their scents. L’Atelier Parfum have created fragrances that expose and embrace one’s unique character of the fragrance you choose. A true reflection of one’s personality encapsulated in a bottle of perfume. Also meet the newest scent from USA based D.S. & DURGA. Find out more here in In the Garden of Flora

Images by Harry Stonhill.

L’Atelier parfum sees themselves as fragrances creators, as narrators of stories, that translate into who we are, who we want to be. Created in their Parisian atelier, with the best possible ingredients sourced in Grasse, France the emblematic capital of perfumery. They are packaged into boxes covered with colours of soft hues, mimicking the fragrances enclosed within. Discover seven juices in the collection…..

Coeur de Petales

This floral fragrance is a reminiscence of bright, sunny mornings in Paris. It is a beautiful evocative of delicately crafted flower bouquets being exchanged between lovers. The mischievous giggles they share signifies intense passion and joy. The scent is a representation of this very picture that depicts a contagious, joy filled energy. The sweet floral scent is accented by the Sichuan pepper, this combination gives birth to nostalgia of fresh green grass.


Top: Bergamot, Lychee, Sichuan Pepper

Heart: Rose, Lilly of the Valley, Jasmine

Base: Raspberry, Almond

Arme Blanche

This fragrance is resemblance of the beautiful white bouquet of flowers a bride carries on her marriage day. It illustrates delicate emotions and reveals pure innocence. This parfum is veiled with subtle notes and yet portray strong characteristics in its essence. The sandalwood spice adds a sensual touch making the exquisite composition enchanting. This perfume is a gateway to freedom. It allows you to express yourself while exhaling confidence.


Top: Tuberose, Neroli

Heart: Orange Blossom, Jasmine

Base: Sandalwood, Vetiver, Musk

Vert Euphorie

This aromatic scent is an outburst of flavour, it is highly unpredictable, pretty much like life. It is recollective of exciting moments filled with abundance of a variety of flavours. For cocktail lovers, this perfume is a treat as it mirrors the richness of an invigorating spritz. The raw carrot and orange bring out tangy, zesty tone to the fragrance. While, the musk and white cedar notes will uplift your senses.


Top: Blood Orange, Grapefruit, Petitgrain

Heart: Gentian, Carrot

Base: Musk, White Cedar

Rose Coup de Foudre

This fragrance is like embarking on a thrilling adventure. This parfum is for souls that have a quest for life. This aroma will take you on a rollercoaster ride filled with thrill, excitement and a certain sense of calmness.  It captivates you in its elegant aroma while creating an impeccable impression on you. The rose is a dominant flavour encapsulated in this whirlpool of fragrances. It is reinvented to create a timeless scent.


Top: Blood Orange, Grapefruit, Petitgrain

Heart: Gentian, Carrot

Base: Musk, White Cedar

Belle Joueuse

A sensual fragrance to capture your attention. This scent imports a sense of desire and warmth. A modernizing aroma that leaves you feeling sybaritic. This beautiful player creates an exhilarating desire within oneself. The top notes of Raspberry and peach along with a hint of ginger rounds up the perfume.


Top: Peach, Raspberry, Ginger

Heart: Rose, Jasmine, Patchouli

Base: Tonka bean, Vetiver, Amber

Douce Insomnie

This fragrance is a portal to all your fantasies and desires. A scent filled with surprises, the intense flavours of Cappuccino and Sandalwood add an intense depth to the tone. While, the floral notes add a sense of uncontrollable sensuality. This magnetic aroma draws you into its narcotic ambience filled with sparks of voluptuousness.


Top: Pink Berry, Orange Blossom

Heart: Cappuccino Agreement, Jasmine, Heliotrope

Base: Iris Wood, Vanilla, New Caledonia Sandalwood, Patchouli

Exquisite temptation

This perfume adds a sensual touch with warm vanilla fragrance revealing its grace. The sweetness in this perfume is a mesmerizing journey that leaves unforgettable traces of passion. This very scent, is a pleasant essence. The patchouli and almond adda irresistible touch to finish it off.


Top: Pink Berry, Bergamot, Blackcurrant 

Heart: Rose, Iris, Freesia, Lily of the Valley

Base: Praline, Patchouli, Vanilla, Bitter Almond

Now meet D.S. & DURGA, a perfume brand based in New York, USA. The creators, have an unusually clever take on things, as they draw inspiration from music, art and nature. Their scents echo authentic narratives of all things material and imaginary.

A single spray on your wrist transfers you in the midst of a mystical garden. This next collection by D.S. & DURGA, might be a familiar scent found within the groves of beautiful scenic garden, like the one you could only imagine. The fragrance was made with an intention to create a grand hallmark, to life. A pathway to manifest art in everyday life is what this perfume creators aim for.

Think of this take on grapefruit being a ‘whole’ fruit rather than just the juice. The use of Pomelo skin at the top brings a fresh almost pithy facet to the scent meaning it has a depth to its freshness. So, more than a burst of freshness it is bittersweet too; think of a great British marmalade that has the fruit and the rind. As usual from this perfume duo a divine expression of citrus with a twist.


Top: pomelo skin, elm leaf, silver

Heart: hawthorn flower, tuberose, paradisone

Base: cork, grapefruit, animalic musk

Would you like the opportunity to experience these mystical fragrances? Then why not, but the The Opus 1- Secret Garden by L’Atelier here and D.S. & DURGA Grapefruit Generation here.

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