The name comes from a line said by Hugo Pratt's cult graphic novel hero, the half-gypsy sailor Corto Maltese, in The Ballad of the Salt Sea: “Adieu, bijou romantique” (“Farewell, romantic jewel). The tagline, “Her price is far above rubies”, is drawn from the Scriptures.
As for the scent, it is by Mathilde Bijaoui, whose dark beauty would have surely inspired Hugo Pratt had he known her. It was Mathilde who signed the critically acclaimed Tilda Swinton Like This, and with Bijou Romantique she offers another delicately hued composition that hovers just on the edge of being the most ethereal gourmand, with the subtle chocolate facets of iris, vetiver blending into the creaminess of vanilla and benzoin. Laboratoire Mane's captive molecule EVEE bridges the gap between vanilla and spices, lightly brushing the blend with the burn of clove.
Tender, complex and multi-facetted, Bijou Romantique lives up to its name. Who knew the bad boys at État Libre d'Orange had it in them to be so chivalrous?