Corps Volatils breaks with the usual conventions of perfumery and finally equates synthetic molecules – that the great perfumer Edmond Roudnitska delightfully referred to as “laboratory flowers”– and natural extracts with a single objective: to celebrate an exceptional ingredient, its technical ingenuity and its infinite beauty.
The 24 pure and crisp compositions of this collection are fashioned from exclusive, sculpted, customized and stylized ingredients: 12 synthetic and 12 natural compositions form its beating heart.
What unites the chemical molecules and the natural materials is the absolute genius of science to provoke pure emotion. Some were created ex-nihilo by chemists in white coats and others were extracted directly from nature using an innovative technology: Co-Distillation, CO2 Extraction, Molecular Distillation or Biotechnology. But all share the same hedonic value. The former are not superior to the latter any more than blue is more beautiful than red in the mind of a painter. Absolute Narcissus is worth the same as a molecule of Verdox ™and essential oil of Magnolia is just as noble as musk Z4 with sensual, powdery facets.
Thanks to the most ambitious technology it has been possible to redesign classic ingredients and invent what nature could not offer, thus providing this collection with a unique and original signature. With new extraction methods, the perfumer has been able to zoom in on different facets of an ingredient, to erase some of its characteristics and to create a “tailor-made” raw material, a “super-ingredient”. The transformation of nature by science becomes a kind of supreme aesthetic. Welcome to Hypernature!
With its rigorously contemporary approach, Corps Volatils celebrates both the science of perfume and that of the perfumer in the same spirit. The ability of the first to produce these neo-ingredients and the art of the second to fuse them into compositions of an innovative and original nature is at the heart of the creation.
Each mono ingredient or composition can be used as a perfume by itself or it can be paired and blended to produce a distinctive, customized and innovative fragrance. It allows everyone to create their own signature fragrance or to personalize a favourite perfume.
Corps Volatils has taken a futuristic approach and interpretation to its fragrance bottles, with refined, pure flasks that protect the ingredients from the light while also investing in sustainability by using recyclable aluminium and glass and a refillable screw seal. Refills with low CO2 footprint are also available.
On each bottle as well as the fragrance name, the constituent elements of the ingredients are noted and if relevant the details of their origin, supplier and compound notes providing complete transparency on their provenance. LMR’s (Laboratoires Monique Remy ) long-standing commitment to responsible sourcing reflects its ambition to improve the living standards of farming communities around the world and to provide sustainable and high-quality ingredients. Corps Volatils fragrances are handcrafted near Grasses in France and all the components are sourced and made in France. The Corps Volatils case protecting the perfume flask is made from recycled plastic and is 100% recyclable and reusable.
24 fragrances 30 ml: 12 synthetic and 12 natural compositions
24 fragrances 15 ml: 12 synthetic and 12 natural compositions
24 refills 50 ml: 12 synthetic and 12 natural compositions
Natural ingredients are components from plants that produce odorous molecules. Each plant contains an assembly of several hundred aromatic constituents that create its olfactory signature. Depending on the species, all or part of its components are used in perfumery (roots, stems, leaves, bark, flowers, fruits or seeds). Harvesting is usually done by hand, and the extraction processes are often carried out at the same place or nearby to avoid the deterioration of the living material. Natural ingredients for perfumery are processed using two main techniques: distillation and solvent extraction.
Molecular distillation of a natural extract (most often an Absolute) allows perfumers to “zoom in” on an ingredient, selecting only the odorous molecules they wish to keep and eliminating those they do not want (dyes for example). Modern perfumery was born at the end of the 19th century with the appearance of the first synthetic molecules. The chemist obtains them either by a single or by a series of chemical reactions from various mineral or plant products: coal tars, castor hilum, rosewood or eucalyptus. These chemical bodies can be “identical in nature”, isolated or reproduced in the laboratory but also found in nature, or entirely “artificial”, that is to say molecules that have never before been found in the natural world.