Olivier Baussan & Pierre Hermé: A Sensational Collaboration

Old friends, Olivier Baussan and the pastry chef Pierre Hermé found themselves together on the island of Corsica one summer evening, and there dreamed up a collection of gourmet perfumes. Combining the typical scents and flavors of Corsica, this unexpected collection highlights the unique world of this passionate duo.
By Mélissa Darré

An New Exceptional Encounter

After working together on the reinterpretation of a Navettes recipe in 2014 , the founder of L'Occitane Olivier Baussan and the pastry chef Pierre Hermé join forces again with the creation of a line of cosmetics with delicate perfumes. The perfect combination of a love of plants on one hand, and the tastes of an epicurean on the other, these fragrances emerge as a tribute to the Corsican and Mediterranean landscapes, that both men love so much.

"One of Pierre’s great qualities is that he is truly a nose – he could be a perfumer – and at the same time, his palate has a perfect memory," says Olivier Baussan of his friend of 20 years. So many assets that make this "Picasso of pastry" – as he was nicknamed by Vogue magazine – the ideal partner for the development of an exquisite collection of scents.

A Combination of Scents and Savors

And for good reason, if at L'Occitane the products are smelt, at Pierre Hermé Paris, they are tasted. And the former disciple of Gaston Lenôtre participated brilliantly in the blends. "I created these perfumes as if it was a question of taste, in fact," he explains. Wielding "ingredients that trigger cravings, raw materials that conjure pleasure," Pierre Hermé transcribed in scents wonderful memories of Corsica.

Shared with his friend Olivier Baussan, these evocations, as much of flavours as scents, highlight the many facets of this fascinating territory, buffeted between la dolce vita and authentic character. The fragrances are captured within bottles designed by the founder of L'Occitane, with the desire "to suggest indulgence without naming it."

A Sensory Collection

Jasmine Immortelle Neroli, Grapefruit Rhubarb, or Honey Mandarin: these are the singular marriages created by Pierre Hermé. Considering "contrasts as affinities," the pastry chef combines floral absolutes, fruity essences and essential oils around gourmet accords worthy of his finest culinary creations.

Sometimes ultra feminine, sometimes refreshing, but always intoxicating, these highly suggestive associations are experienced like so many stories from the heart of the Corsican scrubland; a sumptuous ballet of sensations, where the nose and palate walk side by side, in the image of their creators, both great lovers of Corsica.

Olivier Baussan & Pierre Hermé: A Sensational Collaboration
Olivier Baussan & Pierre Hermé: A Sensational Collaboration
Olivier Baussan and the pastry chef Pierre Hermé dreamed up a collection of gourmet perfumes
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