In all honesty, I was really excited when I heard that Sophie Labbe was the perfumer behind The Body Shop’s new fragrance. I was even more excited when I found out she would be flying out from Paris to be in-store at Mall of the Emirates on the 7th October for the 30th birthday celebration! I’ve been a huge fan of her work ever since Bluemarine’s Bellissima. This is her. Such a beautiful picture, huh?
Meeting her in person was incredible. She was so down to earth and gracious! I always enjoy meeting and talking to perfumers as perfumery is something that I am very fond of and often times, I have dreamed about taking the next step into that field! Shh! Don’t be laughin’ at me – a girl can dream!
At the event, I sat down with Sophie to ask her a couple of questions about the perfume she created for The Body Shop; White Musk Smoky Rose which is an enigmatic, tantalizing and floriental fragrance, a brilliant addition to the brand’s iconic cruelty-free White Musk Range. If you can re-call the first couple of stuff I posted here on D&D, you would know that I am normally not a huge fan of musk scents. Honestly, I am not a big fan of The Body Shop’s original White Musk although I loved the Libertine one! This one, however, just tops the charts!
Before I post the interview, here’s a picture of Sophie and I at the event! (Find more details and pictures of the event here.)
I look so awful in this picture. Ughh! But Sophie, well, she is a very gentle and funny character; while we were being bombarded with photographers who were all clicking a whole lot of pictures of us together, she whispered to me how crazy it was and that the people outside the store would think that we were some sort of celebrities that they had never seen or heard of! Hahaha.
Alright, let’s find out what she had to say about the new perfume and her collaboration with The Body Shop, shall we?
1.) Sophie, when did you become interested in fragrances and how did you become a perfumer?
I didn’t know that this profession existed but I was very interested in smelling things, people, perfumes, everything. The sense of smell was so important for me. When I was studying Biology & Chemistry I heard about the School ISIPICA that was training perfumers. My encounter with Jean Karléo, the In House perfumer of Jean Patou at that time, convinced me that this was the path I wanted to follow.
2.) What was the inspiration behind the White Musk Smoky Rose?
The idea was to create an evening fragrance; very feminine, mysterious, sophisticated and sensual: the “deep and mysterious” side of White Musk.
3.) Talk us through the ingredients.What makes the fragrance unique according to you?
The association between the black rose and the tobacco accord is definitely what gives White Musk Smoky Rose a unique and magnetic trail.
-The black rose accord is built from my own imagination with rose petals, a juicy plum and a hint of dark chocolate for an irresistible addiction.
-The tobacco flower is multifaceted: it is smoky, spicy and tasty with its honey and tonka undertones. It introduces a subversive masculine note in this ultra-feminine fragrance.
-The musk accord is a combination of musks with a hint of patchouli for a depth and mystery. For the smoky side, some intoxicating olibanum oil was added.
4.) What emotions would you like the wearer of this perfume to feel?
I imagine the women wearing White Musk Smoky Rose would feel ultra-feminine, daring, sophisticated and sensual.
5.) What perfume family would you say you belong to? I appreciate that you work a lot with perfumes; therefore it may be difficult to answer. However, what about right now?
The family of White Musk Smoky Rose is Floral Oriental. For me, I would say that I belong to the perfume family that brings the most emotions!
6.) Can we expect to see any further collaboration between you and The Body Shop?
I really hope there will be further collaboration with The Body Shop because I enjoyed developing a new fragrance for the iconic White Musk Family!
7.) Which is your favorite – the original White musk or the White Musk Libertine?
Definitely, the original because I have great memories associated with it. It was launched 30 years ago when I was a teenager and whenever I think of it or wear it today, all those memories come rushing back to me!
8.) What’s next for you, Sophie?
It is secret! Shh!
Well, Sophie, I look forward to discovering your next creation and I hope to see you and The Body Shop collaborate more as you have both created a remarkably fine fragrance!
There you have it! That concludes my little chat with the wonderful Sophie Labbe. I can seriously see myself showering myself with the newly launched fragrance during the evenings. It truly is a mysterious and sensual scent and I believe that it is going to do extremely well in this part of the world.
The collection which is now available at all The Body Shop stores across the UAE includes:
60ml White Musk Smoky Rose Eau de Toilette – AED 149
30ml White Musk Smoky Rose Eau de Toilette – AED90
30ml White Musk Smoky Rose Eau de Parfum – AED 135
White Musk Smoky Rose Body Mist – AED 75
White Musk Smoky Rose Body Lotion – AED 72
White Musk Smoky Rose Shower Gel – AED 62
What do you guys think of the new range? Does Sophie’s answers make you want to rush down to The Body Shop and take a whiff of the new scent? It should!