The Grandiflora Fragrance
Saskia Havekes is the first Australian florist to create a collection of perfumes with some of the most famous parfumiers in France; her materials are sourced from Grasse, the traditional, historic heart of fine fragrance. The GRANDIFLORA collection is unusual in its singular passion to capture and interpret the transient power of the most compelling floral fragrances.
Complex, subtle and vivid, the enigma of these flowers has yielded six distinct and original fragrances. The first, SANDRINE, an ode to the primal and elegant Magnolia was a collaboration with good friend Sandrine Videault, SANDRINE tells the story of the flower’s first opening. And in perfect counterpoint Michel Roudnitska honoured Sandrine with his never-shared creation of the magnolia at the crescendo of its blooming. Hence the fragrance MICHEL.
Grandiflora’s collection grew deeper with the evolution of a house classic: MADAGASCAN JASMINE also composed by Roudnitska. This bracingly fresh composition was followed by a fragile almost autumnal contrast. BORONIA is an elegy to Australian native flowers inspired by Saskia’s bush childhood. Among the most expensive natural essences on earth, the Tasmanian boronia sourced for this scent are rare in the extreme with a poignant and subtle warmth.
As an artist, Saskia’s work with bright and clear flowers is often given drama with darker blooms. Using another “impossible” flower, Grandiflora developed the mystical QUEEN OF THE NIGHT with the esteemed Bertrand Duchaufour. This is a homage to the enigmatic cactus flower that blooms only once a year in the heart of the night.
Finally, in celebration of 25 years of Grandiflora, Saskia launched her namesake fragrance composed by the brilliant Christophe Laudamiel. SASKIA is an ambitious evocation; its layered beauty of contrasts reaches for both the scents and the sensibility of one of the world’s most intriguing little flower shops.
This fragrance was the 2022 Art and Olfaction Awards winner for an Independent fragrance.