Tilda Swinton is probably one of the most unlikely celebrities to launch a fragrance. "It's not something I ever, in a million Sundays, would have thought anyone would have asked me to do, because I don't really know about fragrance and I don't really care about fragrance" Tilda told The Cut.
But it was spanish actress and friend Rossy de Palma who introduced Tilda to Etienne de Swardt, the founder of Etat Libre d'Orange, after she collaborated with the French fragrance house on her own scent, Eau de Protection.
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Swinton has famously said that for over 20 years she has only worn Penhaligon's Bluebell, "I can't even smell it anymore - it's part of my DNA", Tilda said during a PA at New York store Henri Bendal. But Etat Libre d'Orange persuaded her to work with them after they showed Tilda just what was possible. "They showed me it was possible to provide the smell of snow, the smell of mist, the smell of my grandfathers greenhouse.
Perfumer Mathilde Bijaoui worked with Tilda on the fragrance. "When Mathilde asked me what my own favourite scent in a bottle might contain, I described a magic potion that I could carry with me wherever I went that would hold for me the spirit of home.
"The warm ginger of new baking on a wood table, the imortelle of a fresh spring afternoon, the lazy sunshine of my grandfathers summer greenhouse, woodsmoke and the whiskey peat of the Scottish Highlands after rain" explains Tilda.
No easy feat. "The miracle is that Mathilde made it".
The scent comes straight from Tilda, while the name comes from her favourite poem -
If anyone wants to know what "spirit" is, or what "God's fragrance" means, lean your head toward him or her. Keep your face there close.
Tilda can be heard reciting the poem on Etat Libre d'Orange's website. You can buy Like This, £69 from Les Senteurs.
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