Travel to Terres d’Afrique

Terres d’Afrique is one of those brands that gave me the desire to create Scent Corner The Shop, due to its beautiful, natural, ethical and effective products, but most importantly because it is imagined as an amazing tribute to Africa. This is the story of Stephan, a man who is always passionate by nature and fascinated by the benefits of plants; but above all is a lover of the African continent; his adopted homeland.

His brand is a true declaration of love; to traditional plants first, which have been used for centuries by local people and are today eminently recognized for their incredible efficiency. But, it is also a tribute to the men and women involved in the cultivation, harvesting and processing of shea butter, baobab oil, marula or kigelia… Terres d’Afrique tells the stories of Annah, Ndoda, Selina and many others whose lives have been incredibly transformed and for who these products represent a truly hopeful future.

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On the Himalayan roads

Founder Kavita Khosa establish Purearth as a social enterprise, aiming to impact positive social change involving women in India.

She conducted in-depth research and spent a year exploring the Himalayas from Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh to Uttarakhand to meet with dozens of NGOs, CBOs and grassroots producer groups. Kavita’s focus is livelihoods and income generation programs.

She conducted field studies reviewing the ecology and economy; the availability of natural and human resources; backward integration capabilities and constraints before developing Purearth: a premium, wild harvested small batch skincare and wellness brand.

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Stopover in Perfumes #4: Incredible India

While our olfactory journey ends, continue to walk the scented lands of India.

Guerlain takes us first to Agra, to tell us the most beautiful of love stories. Shalimar celebrates the beauty of a woman who became mythical: Mumtaz. Opening with light notes of bergamot and mandarin like the voiles of a colorful sari, the scent of rose and jasmine interpret the delicate opulence of traditional attar sliding on a tanned skin. Saturated with sensuality, vanilla envelopes a woody amber accord, as dark as a jet-black hair braided to the small of the back. Behind this female portrait can be seen far in the distance, dominating in all its splendor: the Taj Mahal, the abode of love.

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Stopover in perfumes #3: Indonesian archipelago

Heading for the south, where the deep blue ocean is interspersed with small plots of land: the Indonesian archipelago tells one’s beads with its thousands of islands as an infinite pearl necklace floating over the sea.

Diptyque invites us to anchor to the edge of the atypical Java island. Volcanic land with fertile soils, this is where the androgynous Vetyverio comes from, dipped with mugginess and exoticism. The woody and smoky notes of Javanese vetiver mingle with the solar sensuality of ylang ylang flowers. His intoxicating heaviness is cut by a dazzling freshness of citrus fruits bursting with sunshine, enhanced by a spicy accord of clove and nutmeg. An exotic perfume that promises nothing more than a stroll through the Javanese plantations acclaimed by the call to prayer of the surrounding mosques.

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