The name comes from a line said by Hugo Pratt’s cult graphic novel hero, the half-gypsy sailor Corto Maltese, in The Ballad of the Salt Sea: “Adieu, bijou romantique” (“Farewell, romantic jewel). The tagline, “Her price is far above rubies”, is drawn from the Scriptures.As for the scent, it is by Mathilde Bijaoui, whose dark beauty would have surely inspired Hugo Pratt had he known her. It was Mathilde who signed the critically acclaimed Tilda Swinton Like This, and with Bijou Romantique she offers another delicately hued composition that hovers just on the edge of being the most ethereal gourmand, with the subtle chocolate facets of iris, vetiver blending into the creaminess of vanilla and benzoin. Laboratoire Mane’s captive molecule EVEE bridges the gap between vanilla and spices, lightly brushing the blend with the burn of clove. Tender, complex and multi-facetted, Bijou Romantique lives up to its name. Who knew the bad boys at État Libre d’Orange had it in them to be so chivalrous? Etat Libre D’Orange Bijou Romantique.
All samples are produced to order. We typically specify two working days for production and dispatch of orders. This is intended as a guide and production can slip during busy times of the year. If your order is time sensitive, please contact us for an accurate production and dispatch time frame. Occasionally we may not have sufficient volume from a single bottle to complete your order. To avoid mixing bottles, we will wait until we have sufficient stock to produce all of your order from a single bottle. Again, you will be notified by email if this is the case and a full refund will be made if this create an unacceptable delay for you.