MARLOU

BODY SCENTS
SCENTS FOR THE BODY

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Poudrextase

Poudrextase is a subtle affair composed around notes of the sweet natural secretions of clean skin. A perfume of the personal, an intimate comfort.

Folded into it is an exquisite arrangement of cosmetic aspects – delicately hesperidic rice powder, sensual dried rose - and soft, carnal and animal odors which are the very characteristic of living skin and define the inimitable imprint of a living being.

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Our perfumes also come in 1.5mL sample vials.
Order from our online boutique to discover the scents of Marlou.

A perfume created by Marlou joins itself to the body’s own olfactory signaling. It creates a new sensuality and describes an olfactive personality.

We work with notes described as animal. In their proximity to the natural odours of the skin, these beckon towards an intimacy, a primal bond with oneself and with others.










Ambilux

A subtly metallic, peppered beginning gives way to a more resinous heart and powder accents. Elegant, quaint, unnerving, the perfume settles down and sinks into the skin, becomes one with and gives voice to the flesh, warms the pores, exudes once more. A waxen, oily appearance emerges, softly saline.

Then, sweeping in from scorching sands, drops of sun spring forth to wither the everlasting desires, those which cling to the secretions of the flesh in exultation, in the throes of passion aroused by this fleeting and mortal existence.

Pink Peppercorn. Cumin. Incense. Ylang. Dune plants. Castoreum. Costus.

The world of perfume is set apart, as it can be entered by one sense only; the sense of smell.

Serene, its orbit lifts it above the clamour of words and images, neither ever quite attaining the emotions a scent can arouse.












Carnicure

Once released from the bottle, fiery notes roar forth through a heady blossom haze - orange blossom, violet - before coming to rest, purring and subdued, wrapped in a pelt of cream and musk, upon the skin – sandalwood, patchouli, civet, musk.

Luxury in the world of perfume is bringing together elements from all four corners of the globe. Luxury is allowing oneself this caprice in service to the emotions.

The burden being Nature’s to carry, this must remain an exception. All frill and ornamentation seems to us superfluous.










To establish an artisan craft, a small production, is to take the pluralist path and share the marketplace with other small enterprises.

It is to remain as close to one’s creations as possible, to avoid the uniformity and profitability that a larger structure can impose.










THE ÆSTHETIC

Our æsthetic is pragmatic, plain, understated: applied design with function in mind. Destined for disposal, all our materials biodegrade or can be recycled. Amber glass protects what it contains, avoiding the need for additives in the liquid. Like a medicine, the bottle is generic and informative, the contents unique and precious.

We will never speak of exclusivity. Because to exclude, to distance some as a way of standing out, adds no real value to a creation.

We stand out by including new ideas, by opening the world of perfume to new uses. The value that characterizes our creations is sincerity.









The production

Glass, cork, aluminum, uncoated paper, and as little plastic as possible: this is Marlou’s simple formula.

We favor that modest beauty which adds value to our perfume but not cost. Lovers of crafts, all cutting, printing, and assembly is also our own handiwork.

> WHO IS MARLOU?

Briac, creator of MARLOU.

My work has always involved the human body, its social identity, how it communicates, how it is represented. First through the study of architecture, then fashion design and creation, I was finally drawn away from the visual sphere, down to the closest intimacy with the skin. Here, passions of my childhood began to come back to me; carefree culinary and botanical experimentations, unburdened by social expectations, activities indulged in spontaneously, instinctively. This same childlike freedom accompanies my exploration of fragrance and perfume.

I created Marlou so that, from an olfactory perspective, the body could take its place in society. This implies the acceptance and even ownership of faults, of imperfections inherent to that living object which is never wholly clean. Marlou is a perfumery which intertwines with the body’s presence, embraces its flaws and creates it a new olfactory personality. This work is based around animal notes that blur an individual’s olfactory appearance, emanating trails of illusion. The body speaks, arousing the senses, sparking dialogue.



Why Marlou?

The word has a colorful history in the French language. At first it referred to a ‘pimp’, though few today know this archaic meaning. Later, ‘marlou’ became the cunning, crafty lad who, beneath his shenanigans, hid an endearing side. Now used for children, the word evokes mischief, harmless devilment. For a long time, Marlou was my own nickname. It has its own history and, like many things in life, conjures impressions of both the clean and the tainted.

INFORMATION FOR USERS

Through our craft, we wish to examine the human body in its olfactory self-expression, its cultural image. We also take pleasure in imagining new functions for perfume; identity affirmation, erotic pursuit, suffusion of objects, talisman, store of reminiscences. Our aim is to stir the senses, to wake emotions.

This boundless research - whose sole impulse is the drive to create - may disconcert a nose grown accustomed to a more conventional market; a market characterized by the predominance of targeted clientèle and olfactory efficiency.

Contact
MARLOU

187 BOULEVARD VOLTAIRE
75O11 PARIS


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