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J is the sophisticated and proud glance of a geisha. As a delicate and graceful silk kimono, it expresses the elegance and charm of the Land of the Rising Sun’s thousand-year culture. Its fresh and sparkling top notes of LMR* neroli oil, mandarin and lime are reminiscent of Japanese creativity whilst evoking a basic material element: water. The heart notes — an explosion of cherry blossom, orange flower absolute and rose bloom — are filled with brightness, gentleness and elegance. The captivating base notes, a harmony of cashmere wood, rice powder and musk, recall the depth of traditions. In synergy with the fragrance I, it forms part of an olfactory journey that goes from East to West and defines the CoSTUME NATIONAL identity, marking the crossroads where past and future intersect.
* The Laboratoire Monique Remy in Grasse specialises in creating premium natural extracts that adopt rare production processes and patented extraction techniques to produce the highest quality on the market. Its premium, 100% pure and natural extracts are the result of a rigorous ethos of complete transparency and commitment to environmental management and sustainable development.
LMR* neroli, mandarin, lime
Sakura flower, rose, LMR* orange flower absolute
Cashmere wood, rice powder, musk
Fanny Bal is a force of nature. As Dominique Ropion’s apprentice, she has access to the finest raw materials in the industry and some of its best-kept secrets; and yet, she is constantly surprising her seniors, first at ISIPCA, then at IFF, with her own independent initiatives and rigorous experimentation, both testaments to her flourishing talent. Dominique Ropion has said of his pupil that, “curious, tenacious and bold” in both her approach to perfume and as a person, Fanny Bal possesses “all the best qualities to become a great perfumer”.
Signature note: Sakura flower (cherry blossom)
Smell: floral, delicate.
Origin: lauded for its ephemeral beauty for centuries, cherry blossom is the symbolic flower of Japan. Hanami, the moment when the sakura flower blooms, is the most popular season in this country. In Japan, cherry blossom symbolises the clouds. This is due to the fact that the flowers blossom in abundance, creating fluffy clouds on the trees. The very lengthy blossoming is followed by a beautiful flower that unfortunately dies soon after, representing the ephemeral nature of life. This is why cherry blossom is the symbol of mortality in Japan and is often used in artistic representations.
Extraction: the raw material is recreated in the laboratory by the perfumer.
The Discovery Kit is an olfactive exploration of Costume National Scents’ sartorial approach to the art of perfumery. 1,5 ml is the perfect size to discover the DNA of the entire collection.Shop Now