Photo credit: Honoré des Prés
Honoré des Prés propelled onto the Parisian scene in November 2008 with the motto "rich is simple." The French perfume house, which derives its name from the aristocratic Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarters in Paris, offers a line of cruelty-free, 100 percent certified-organic fragrances that are free of phthalates, colorants, petrochemicals, synthetic perfumes, and, in the words of the tres quirky perfumer, "no elements which aggress the skin. Of course!"
According to Professor Leonard des Prés—one of the fictional characters that populate the Honoré des Prés universe—conventional perfume is a non non that even spies fear to dab. Mon dieu!
Nowadays, splashing ourselves with perfume is a health hazard due to persistent chemical substances, which even international spies keep an eye on, as they provoke serious reactions in the long term.
Crafted by perfume designer Olivia Giacobetti of L’Artisan Parfumeur fame, the five "pure extracts of nature" currently on tap are Chaman's Party ("An explosive perfume due to its top-secret ingredients with aphrodisiac properties"), Bonté's Bloom ("You walk alongside sunflower fields in a warm sun-kissed afternoon and marvel at dragonflies and Bambies"), Nu Green ("Oh such a simple water, for a clean naked body"), Sexy Angelic ("The pure secret of seduction used by French women to meet their Prince Charming!") and Honoré's Trip ("Fantastic for good vibrations and positive energies, for busy managers and busy women!"). Exotic ingredients like Vetiver root from Haiti, sacred basil from Egypt, wild Moroccan blue chamomile, and Indian botanical musk—all EcoCert-certified—take you on an olfactory Le Grand Tour.
Word to the frugal: Because these are high-end fragrances, expect high-end prices to match. The perfumes are available stateside at Lucky Scent for $145 for a 100ml bottle. Not sure if you're ready to commit? You can get a 0.7ml sample vial for $3.