Recent weeks are full of exciting Esxence – The Scent of Excellence previews and today our Persefume announces Collection Le Petit Prince – two new Extraits by successful Istanbul based house NISHANE. 2015 was dedicated to the launch of first Nishane‘s signature Extrait de Parfum Collection, 2016 – to Collection Rumi and last year highly praised Shadow Play trio has been presented. This time Nishane’s creative directors Mert Guzel and Murat Katran move to completely different, touching story.

For the two new scents to be launched in April 2018, Nishane’s Creative Directors got inspired by The Little Prince (French: Le Petit Prince) first published in 1943, is a novella, the most famous work of French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Since its first publication, the novella has been adapted to numerous art forms and media, including audio recordings, radio plays, live stage, film, television, ballet, and opera. NISHANE, as a perfume house looking for the ways to tell stories with the perfume creations, is willing to depict the important figures of this novella with the aromas by means of artistic perfumery to be accepted as a new art form. The author depicts grown-ups as unimaginative, dull, superficial, and stubbornly sure that their limited perspective is the only one possible. He depicts children, on the other hand, as imaginative, openminded, and aware of and sensitive to the mystery and beauty of the world. Saint-Exupéry shows that spiritual growth must also involve active exploration. NISHANE invites all perfume lovers to regain their instinct to explore. It might be a good idea to start the exploration with the new scents of NISHANE: B-612 and Vain & Naïve.

B-612

Top Notes: Lavender, Geranium, Cypress
Middle Notes: Cashmeran Wood, Cedar, Sandalwood, Patchouly
Base notes: Musk, Oakmoss, Tonka Bean

Scent of the asteroid of the Little Prince. According to the novella, Asteroid B-612 was first discovered by a Turkish Astronomer and NISHANE becomes the first perfume house to materialize the scent of the Asteroid B-612. B-612 will make the wearer imaginative, open-minded, and aware of and sensitive to the mystery and beauty of the world with its alluring structure bringing back the forgotten traits from the childhood.

A small note about the Turkish Astronomer in the novella: The first human to discover the prince’s home, Asteroid B-612. When the Turkish astronomer first presents his discovery, no one believes him on account of his traditional costumes of the time. Years later, he makes the same presentation wearing Western clothes, and his discovery is well received. The scientific community’s treatment of the Turkish astronomer reveals that ignorance propels xenophobia (a fear or hatred of foreigners) and racism. NISHANE is against all kinds of narrow-mindedness that the book characterizes as a trait of adults. In the very first chapter, the narrator draws a sharp contrast between the respective ways grown-ups and children view the world. He depicts grown-ups as unimaginative, dull, superficial, and stubbornly sure that their limited perspective is the only one possible. He depicts children, on the other hand, as imaginative, open-minded, and aware of and sensitive to the mystery and beauty of the world.

VAIN & NAÏVE

Top Notes: Bergamot, Orange
Middle Notes: Rose, Jasmine, Cedar, Plum, Raspberry
Base notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Patchouly, Benzoin, Tonka Bean, Musk

“There might be millions of roses in the whole world, but you are my only one, unique rose”. This scent has been considered to be a tribute to the each “unique love” ever experienced on earth by the creative directors Murat Katran and Mert Guzel. In the novella we see that the prince’s love for his flower causes him much pain and heartbreak. The flower grows from a strange seed that somehow lands up on the prince’s planet. The first thing we learn about her is that she is beautiful. “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” NISHANE’s objective has been to bring the smell of this flower that Little Prince is love with into reality.To be able to bring into existence this coquettish flower that has trouble expressing her love for the little prince and consequently drives him away, NISHANE had to refer to varying notes to underline the mood that is simultaneously vain and naïve. The flower informs the little prince of her love for him too late to persuade him to stay home and not to travel. Throughout the story, she occupies the prince’s thoughts and heart.

Although the rose appears only in a couple of chapters, she is crucial to the novel as a whole because her melodramatic, proud nature is what causes the prince to leave his planet and begin his explorations. Also, the prince’s memory of his rose is what prompts his desire to return. As a character who gains significance because of how much time and effort the prince has invested in caring for her, the rose embodies the fox’s statement that love comes from investing in other people. Although the rose is, for the most part, vain and naïve, the prince still loves her deeply because of the time he has spent watering and caring for her. Much has been written comparing the little prince’s relationship with his rose to the relationship between Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and his wife, Consuelo, but the rose can also be read as a symbol of universal love.

This time both Le Petit Prince Extraits have been composed by perfumer Chris Maurice (Barcelona). Expect their debut at Esxence 2018 (stand S42). We also do know that NISHANE is preparing another scent by Jorge Lee, however more on this soon.

Quotes and pictures- thank you, Mert Guzel and Murat Katran.