NEW L'ART & LA MATIÈRE: NÉROLI OUTRENOIR
Originally a trio, Guerlain's L'Art & la Matière collection keeps growing, now counting its tenth member (two of which are discontinued). Called Néroli Outrenoir, it's described as a citrusy woody floral that contrasts the brightness of neroli with the darkness of black tea. Notes listed are petitgrain, bergamot, orange blossom, neroli, smoked tea, ambrette, moss, and myrrh. According to Guerlain, Thierry Wasser wanted to express all the facets of orange blossom, "the orange-like zest of neroli, the woody-aromatic petitgrain, and the orange blossom absolute."
At the same time, Guerlain has introduced a new, non-removable bulb atomizer design for the L'Art & la Matière line, as well as a luxurious leather box for all the Exclusive fragrances.
It was the 96-year-old French abstract artist Pierre Soulages who coined the term "outrenoir" (meaning "beyond black") for the works he began working on in the late 1970s. He demonstrated that total blackness can actually be used to reflect light and colour nuances. Today Pierre Soulages is, at least in financial terms, the most successful living artist in France. His 2009 retrospective at the Pompidou Center, which attracted over 500,000 visitors, was the largest show the museum has ever devoted to a living artist. Photo by The Perfume Society.
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