The key ingredients for all Parterre Fragrances are grown and distilled at Keyneston Mill. The skilled team oversee the production process from seeds and seedlings, through planting in the crop fields, to harvest and distillation. The intensity of fragrance is achieved through care and nurturing of the plants, and picking at the optimum moment. Its knowing what to grow and when to grow – but also when to harvest, distill and refine.
The distillation process is a skill in itself, and leads to extracts which then become the key notes in the final fragrances. Each plant is different, but most, such as geranium, are harvested in the early morning and taken directly to the distillery, resulting in essential oils infused with freshness. Others, like vetiver root, are dried before distillation, a process that takes several days and produces an extract of rare depth and richness.
Once the extracts are ready, they are sent to Master Perfumer, Jacques Chabert at his laboratory in Grasse, where he, his daughters and his team use their skill and artistry, incorporating the rare and unusual Parterre essential oils in their creations. Collaborating with the Parterre team, the result is outstanding, beautifully crafted fragrances.
You can find out more by joining us for a Workshop at Keyneston Mill.
All Parterre perfume editions are numbered because each year produces a limited amount of the finest oils that form the key notes, and it is this that dictates the quantities. A finite number of bottles of each perfume is created from each “Extraction” – and every bottle and box is individually numbered by hand.