The Founders
The Founders

Founders Thomas and Dagmar Smit are completely committed to returning fragrance to a place of distinction, creativity and expertise.
The husband-and-wife couple, well-known for their luxury expertise in establishing some of the world’s best hotels, found inspiration in a Latin proverb carved in stone in 1599. Translating as:

“Elegant people of our time are honourable people who pass on their values to others”

After reading this they felt propelled to create Elegantes that has at its heart a sense of honour, style, elegance, and craftsmanship.
Artisan and perfect, everything has the personal touch, right down to the hand-written labels.

The Nose
The Nose

Julien Rasquinet, a master of the legendary Pierre Bourdon, from IFF was the given the brief, with no budget imposed upon him. He was free to set liquid intentions. To create as he saw fit, making something rarer, more elegant and more beautiful than ever before.

The result: a collection of fragrances, all with their own distinct personality, each one based around perfumery’s most noble ingredients from the most exclusive Turkish rose oil to oud to vetiver.

Intimate ingredients
Intimate ingredients

Incense, the ultimate perfume ingredient. Also called olibanum, this gum-resin is harvested in the horn of Africa, like tears leaking from the tree. Olibanum is better when collected in autumn, revealing its pale shade of white.

Twice the price of gold, Iris, called orris in perfumery, needs patience and care to deliver its refined powdery notes. The rhizome, the only part used in perfumery, requires 6 years of preparation: three years growing underground, three years in the stove. To produce 1kg of absolute, 40,000 plants of iris are involved.

Tobacco absolute, one of the rarest ingredients of perfumery. Having grown in the Southern part of Europe, the tobacco leaf yields notes of honey and leather in its golden absolute. A scent for audacious connoisseurs only.


Flacon
Flacon

Working with the ancestors of artisan perfumers, crystal workers and cabinet makers, ELEGANTES has appointed only the most skilful craftsmen for each collection.

The meticulous handcrafted crystal flacons are precious ornaments of exquisite beauty designed to last a lifetime as well as holding a memory of the scent. Encased in a handmade treasure box, each flacon of fragrance is beautifully presented and protectively wrapped in silk when on its journey to its final destination.

Beyond First
Beyond First

Constantly aiming higher and striving to add value, each process is more special and unique.

A vision of Haute Couture perfumery and luxury expertise is at the forefront of everything we do.

This is the Elegantes philosophy, your way of life.

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