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Josephine Soap Box by Rance 1795
Presented in an elegant box ~ 6 x 100 g soaps
François Rancé created this fragrance within the strict guidelines of his pupil Napoleon Bonaparte as a dedication to Joséphine, the love of his life.
Since she was drawn to exotic rose oils only the finest May Rose was used in this joyful spring floral bouquet. François Rancé chose penetrating and lavish combination of fruits and exotic woods to create a fresh harmonious floral scent as elegant, sensuous, joyful and charming as Joséphine herself.
The curvature of the bottle are the living expression of femininity and sensuality and is adorned with the crest of Empress Joséphine as are the matching hand made, triple milled soaps.
Base Notes:Sandalwood, Bourbon Vanilla, Ebony, Amergris, White Musk
A Description from Rance:
"François Rancé dedicated this perfume to the woman Napoleon loved most.
The intensity of Spring flowers, the joyful, sensuous, exotic notes, and the penetrating and lavish combination of fruits and wood create a fresh harmonious flowery fragrance conducive to sensuousness in an atmosphere rich in elegance. François represented Joséphine herself in this perfume: joyful, brilliant, sensuous and charming.
The bottle and box are the living expression of that atmosphere, forever in our hearts and our dreams.
Head notes:May Rose, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Hyacinth, Peony, Lilac, Hawthorn and Bergamot
Heart notes:Iris, Violet Leaves, Geranium, Blackcurrant, Peach, Cloves and Galbanum
Base notes:Sandalwood, Bourbon Vanilla, Ebony, Ambergris and White Musk
“The Rancé family played a decisive role during the last two centuries in bringing to perfection perfumery soaps.
The raw materials are top quality natural edible oils, chosen for their freshness and purity, at the doses laid down in the ancient Rancé formula. The technical improvements brought about over the years mainly regard the materials of the vessels and machines (now stainless steel and special alloys only) and the control methods used to ensure the highest quality.
The blend of oils is transformed into soap in large boilers. For several days the soap undergoes repeated purification and refining stages, whose progress is continuously checked by chemical tests. The skill of the master soap-maker is essential in order to obtain a high level of perfection.
On the sixth day, when absolute purity and the ideal characteristics have been achieved, the soap is taken from the boiler and dried.
After one week of rest the soap is mixed thoroughly with perfumes and the special ingredients (creams, cosmetic oils and plant extracts) that characterize the Rancé formula. The bars are moulded very precisely and slowly. The specialist staff pick out only the perfect bars: Rancé only is able to produce soap bars with such fine etching.
The bars are left to age for at least one month in a controlled temperature and humidity room. This gives the soap greater stability and uniformity, and helps the perfume develop its strength and harmony; it has also a crucial effect on quantity and quality of its creamy leather.
Rancé is a luxury perfume creator, so they use the very best fragrances in their soaps. Rancé soaps are considered the absolute TOP throughout the world for the exceptional quality and the fine intense perfumes.
Rancé soaps are still craftsman creations.”
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