A couple of times after an award obtained at the legendary Fragrance Foundation Awards, honoring the know-how and talents of the Ganymede perfume, by a renowned industry prize, for more than 20 years. Marc-Antoine Barrois comes back this year to bewitch his fans, with his new Encelade creation, joining his own selection of fine fragrances, as well postulating soon to become again the spirit of the year.
Following our previous articles on niche perfumes, we are glad to introduce here the French winner of the 2020 edition of the Experts Award for the Author’s Perfumery, honored by the Fragrance Foundation France. Thereafter, beyond a blind vote to facilitate the construction of the nominee fragrances, a majority of the jurors was pleased to attribute this professional recognition for the amazing niche perfume imagined by Marc-Antoine Barrois, greekly baptized Ganymede. Nonetheless, this fragrance, imagined under the aegis of this inspired French couturier pursues a personal scented project initiated in 2013, with a first showroom inaugurated in the northern part of Paris.
Furthermore, after a solid fashion formation along a bunch of famous personalities, counting on Dominique Sirop, Jean-Paul Gaultier for Hermès and Jean-Claude Jitrois, this native stylist and artist from Lille, obviously revealed his wide palette of talents, making him as a genuine creator with a own signature style.
Lately, the recent ambition of the couturier resided in a scented collection, nowadays structured around three perfumes. Indeed, lately his last project Encelade joined its two siblings Ganymede and B683 (as the name of an imaginary planet, like the Little Prince‘s one B612). Three name codes for three critical successes, especially for the late Ganymede which was already honored by respectable prizes.
Based on this statement, as an independent brand, it was such an intense gratitude for Marc-Antoine Barrois to be granted with one of these illustrious awards for Ganymede, his second fragrance. For your information, Encelade follows a series of olfactory collaborations realized in partnership with the perfumer Quentin Bisch, who also collaborates for the perfumery company Givaudan.
This talented Nez has as well gained notoriety for many of his contributions, such as the scented creations of Angel Muse and A*Men Ultra Zest for Mugler, Azzaro pour Homme with the FreeLight limited series, Missoni for Missoni, Ambre Impérial for Van Cleef & Arpels, among others…
Two years after the obtention of the IFF prize in 2019 with his previous perfume Ganymede and the creation of B683 in 2016, the inspired couturier Marc-Antoine Barrois once again associated with the perfumer Quentin Bisch, to offer a brand new woody green and leathery evocation of some imaginary sort of “lava and ice” jungle, full of multiple wild inspirations. In fact, you could naturally appreciate an abrupt contrast between those smoky leather and acid greenness aspects, eventually representing a certain style of Quentin Bisch, melting between dark, woody, and fruity notes (photo credits: Roberto Greco).
As far as we know, this prolix duo once again wished to explore the antique times with the representation of the giant Enceladus, which was killed by Athena.
This son of Ouranos and Gaia, embodied a certain form of character and rebellion, and seems to have been buried under the Etna volcano, in Sicily. In the meantime, the name of Enceladus was also given in 1789 to a mysterious satellite of the Saturn planet.
Nonetheless, you may certainly imagine a certain representation between fire and ice, as inspiration to suggest the spirit of lush nature. In order to make this possible, a delicious rhubarb touch, was employed to melt with cedar and vetiver. In another hand, you couldn’t miss a smoky leather and animal accord, thanks to a fusion between sandalwood and tonka bean. Last but not least, you have to know that Marc-Antoine Barrois hired the photographer Roberto Greco, for the visual identity of this gem, whose golden reflected flask was decorated by the sculptor Jean Boggio.
Awarded in France alongside some famous perfumery players, such as Etat Libre d’Orange brands, Juliette Has A Gun, Maison Rebatchi and Matière Première Parfums, the unexpected Ganymede stood out and shined bright as an unmissable fragrance, a few weeks after having received the homolog Extraordinary Perfume prize from the Fragrance Foundation UK, in London.
We have to admit that this ensemble suits altogether and pursue an expressive leather alloy, initiated by the first scented edition of Marc-Antoine Barrois, the so-called B683.
According to Quentin Bisch: “It’s all about creating an emotion, a surprise or inviting to travel.”
Although, for this Ganymede creation, the goal was to invent a seductive juice, so was Ganymede in the Antiquity when he was supposed to be the Zeus‘ lover. An explicit sensation of sex-appeal guided by the soft encounter of the fresh violet flower with the tangy mandarin, which is the main essence that imposes its original citrus pace in this fragrance‘s personality.