An island excursion
In the north-eastern corner of Madagascar, the port of Vohemar perches on the tip of a sandy peninsula lapped by the Indian Ocean. Vohemar is one of the main towns on the Madagascar’s Vanilla Coast and it is this bountiful coastline that provided the inspiration for our latest Cologne Intense: Vetiver & Golden Vanilla. Our Global Head of Fragrance, Celine Roux, visited Madagascar with perfumer Mathilde Bijaoui to discover more about the island and its prized ingredients.
“The fields of vetiver on the coast are vast and wide, softened by long dry grass billowing like waves. But the vanilla orchids are found in a small area deep in the jungle, which is warm, damp and lush. The pods are precious and limited, so the experience is a lot more intimate. Despite the two ingredients being so similar in terms of elegance and sensuality, their natural habitats are so different.”
—Celine Roux, Global Head of Fragrance