Thursday, 1 January 2009

Lostmarc'h


I have some celtic heritage and it's very easy to forget that Bretons have as much claim on a celtic background as the Irish, Scots or Welsh. On smelling the Lostmarc'h scents one cannot fail to be reminded that the Bretagne region is ancient, mysterious, enchanting- and celtic.

I initially looked for a Breton- English dictionary to look up what Lostmarc'h means but in fact their website tells us Lostmarc'h is a place 'Lostmarc'h beach is the last beach continental Europe, located in the Finistère, more precisely on the Crozon peninsula'.

For many years I suppose this beach would have seemed like the end of the world to Europeans. The Lostmarc'h fragrances match this idea of the beach being a magical place, the scents are ethereal, both ancient and otherwordly in a fairytale sense and to me a precious find.

They are not listed as being available in the UK yet so I ordered a complete tester set. I was delighted to receive the most beautifully, carefully packed parcel with six very generous (I mean about 10ml generous) samples of scents wrapped inside tissue with heather and sea shells and an old picture of Bretagnes in traditional dress. There was also a hand written note inside saying they hoped I would enjoy the fragrances. I was enchanted and so wanted to love the perfumes- which luckily I did. I will be reviewing the fragrances individually over the coming days but in the meantime you can read all about them here.

Lostmarc'h beach picture: www.frenchberry.fr/images/beach%201.jpg courtesy of www.frenchberry.fr here

6 comments:

The Daily Connoisseur said...

The beach looks lovely... Happy New Year!

Rose said...

Hi Daily, I agree, I have a bit of a yearning to go and find it actually. It will have to go on the very long list of places I want to visit!
Happy New Year to you too. I hope it's a very happy and healthy one for you and your family.

ScentScelf said...

I have been intrigued by the idea of these scents for a while now...the mythology helps :) ... very much looking forward to your impressions!

kathleen said...

I love the Lann-Ael, very comforting.

On a previous subject, I've fallen in love with the Nuit de Noel Parfum. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. Now, I am on a Google search for the best price. Happy New Year, Rose!

Rose said...

Hi Scentscelf, I hope you enjoy them! The mythology and breton langauge aspect particularly intrigued me.

Rose said...

Hi Kathleen,
I am reviewing Lann- Ael today, I agree it's very comforting, I think it might be my favourite of their scents.

I'm so glad you like Nuit de Noel!