New Louis Vuitton fragrance "Étoile Filante"
Les Parfums Louis Vuitton unveil a new fragrance, Étoile Filante, composed in Grasse by Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. A voyage for the senses, a precious nectar, nestled in the House’s signature perfume bottle.
A ball of fire in the heart of night, the shooting star shines bright in the heavenly vault. Its odyssey through the infinite culminates in a furious race, illuminating a night as black as ink and tracing out a radiant future — one that brings people together. A dancing star that dazzles; a metaphor for a borderless journey that connects one with oneself as much as others. This symbol of joy and gaiety spreads a universal message of hope, as an invitation to shine and, thanks to its resplendent panache, turns the most precious of dreams into reality.
Pure creation is nourished by memories — of journeys and encounters, of moments suspended in time that remain forever engraved in the mind. To capture that ray of joy, transcribe it into perfume and let it radiate on the skin, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud chose osmanthus, a flower that is venerated in the Far East and which the perfumer has adored since childhood. “Osmanthus absolute was my first revelation among raw materials when, at 11, I discovered it in my father’s laboratory in Grasse. Its marvellous scent, as well as a name that evokes distant horizons, immediately fascinated me,” he recounts. Years later, a fabulous journey found the Master Perfumer in China, on the trail of this dazzling flower. “At nightfall, all around the stalls in the flower market, this original, suave scent of osmanthus and magnolia would waft through the air. I was deeply moved by that magic, heady fragrance — pairing those two elements from nature seemed to me self-evident,” explains Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. A perfumer’s dream come true. An aesthete by nature, he meticulously selected the freshest blooms. For the first time, osmanthus reigned supreme, the keynote in a score that reveals all its splendour. Its naturally fruity nuances of apricot and cassis give it a unique softness, as delicate as peach skin. The tiny flower becomes immense, infusing the entire fragrance with its radiance.
A touch of jasmine from Grasse obtained using CO2 extraction — a technique exclusive to Louis Vuitton – amplifies its floral character, as well as its velvety aspect, with light notes of sun-ripened strawberry. This radiance attains its zenith upon contact with an essence of magnolia from China of exceptional quality, also exclusive to the House. “A perfect illustration of floral freshness that is vibrant and rich in contrast, with marvellous tenacity. It’s an ingredient that makes you smile,” notes the Master Perfumer. In a rush of tenderness, a shimmering whisper of white musks enlaces the flowers, enveloping them in a veil of softness that caresses the skin. Touched by grace, Étoile Filante carries within it the most beautiful emotions, celebrating joy, hope and sheer beauty.