The Fragrance of Aix-en-Provence Bottled by Rose et Marius
How can you capture the spirit of a city in perfume?
That was likely the question that Magali Fleurquin-Bonnard, the founder of Rose et Marius, a luxury perfume creator, asked herself. In collaboration with the Office de Tourisme d’Aix-en-Provence (tourism office), Rose et Marius created a unique fragrance that is the “Emblem of Aix-en-Provence… Like an air of summer!”
In Aix-en-Provence, all the senses are awakened: sight, which reveals the beauty of its heritage, sound, which is charmed by the song of the hundred fountains, taste, which is satisfied by the city’s gourmet emblem, the calisson, and touch, which plays with the caress of the air. All that was missing was the sense of smell to complete this picture of the five senses, and Rose et Marius invented the perfume of Aix. ~ Office de Tourisme d’Aix-en-Provence
The Fragrance of Aix-en-Provence
All perfumes combine high notes, base notes, and a core – the heart. However, arriving at a combination pleasing to the nose and evocative of a place is no small feat. Working with an haute parfumerie partner in Grasse, Fleurquin-Bonnard has captured this city’s essence with citrus (lemon, mandarin, orange blossom), lavender, and bitter notes almond (a tribute to the calisson d’Aix) and bergamot.
Top note: Bergamot, Lemon, Bitter almond, Curly mint, Mandarin, Petit grain
Heart note: Jasmine, Lavender, Lily of the valley, Orange blossom
Base note: White Musk, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Amber
Where to Find it?
The fragrance is available as a diffuser or a solid soap and is sold exclusively at the tourist office in Aix-en-Provence.
“Based exclusively on organic essential oils, without alcohol, with an exceptional concentration of perfume, 20%, Rose et Marius has recreated in this fragrance all the sweetness of the Art of living in Aix en Provence.” ~ Office de Tourisme d’Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence Tourism Office (website)
300 avenue Giuseppe Verdi
Discover Rose et Marius
Rose et Marius is a luxury perfume house and home décor brand based in Aix-en-Provence. Founder Magali Fleurquin-Bonnard named the company after her grandmother, Rose, as a tribute to Provence. Fleurquin-Bonnard’sFleurquin-Bonnard’s inspiration for the exquisitely designed product line originates from childhood memories at the family’s country home in Puget sur Argens (in the Var) and her grandmother’s perfume. After completing studies in commerce and an MBA in luxury marketing, Fleurquin-Bonnard worked with high-end fashion brands, including Piaget, Kenzo and Christian Lacroix.
However, the perfumed air of Provence is only part of the Rose et Marius story. Fleurquin-Bonnard has designed a line of candles, diffusers, soaps and home décor items from the starting point of her grandmother’s home. Motifs from the house, including a black and white tile floor, became the departure point for exquisite Limoges porcelain candle holders and an exclusive collaboration with Christian Lacroix. In 2021, the company was recognized for the quality of its collections and bestowed by the Label des Artisans d’Art and selected by the French President to participate in the Grande Exposition du Fabriqué en France at Élysée in Paris.