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Perfume Perfection from the House of Alex Simone

En Terrasse by Alex Simone in Monaco. Photo courtesy Alex Simone. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Indian summer is finally upon us and the gourmet way to take it in is on a lush terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea on the French Riviera. Scents of citrus, lavender and jasmine fill the air as does the briny sea breeze. The sun still shines relatively high in the sky and a swift swim is always in order. From the heart and soul of the south of France the perfumes of Alex Simone were born. Luxury perfumes these, heady, fragrant, long lasting. The house draws its inspiration from the French Riviera and was founded in Monte Carlo in 2016 by Eric Rousseau.

The house’s latest creation is the lively En Terrasse, strictly out of the citrus family or the hesperides family of perfumes, the oldest family in perfumery. The fragrance is offered as an absolute or an Eau Fraîche which is like an Eau de Cologne with a dominant note of grapefruit heightened by the aromatic notes of tarragon, clary sage and lavender. En Terrasse joins the house’s other creations like Tellement Bleu or Villa Simone.

The house of high perfume-making uses exceptional raw materials in its fragrances which are elaborated in the heights of Grasse, the world capital of perfume making, in the Domaine de Saint Blanche where the legendary perfumer Edmond Roudnitska, the creator of Diorissimo and Femme, resided. The perfumes of Alex Simone are developed with the house of Art et Parfum, which was founded by Mr. Roudnitska. The perfumes are made from living natural materials without any UV filter or dye and without animal testing. The house actively participates in a regional conservation effort, the preservation of a local and legendary resource, the lemon of Menton. The house has sponsored the planting of 150 lemon trees within the domain of the Maison du Citron.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

The Villa Simone perfume from the house of Alex Simone shown here with one of its ingredients, jasmine. Photo courtesy Alex Simone. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

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