STYLE Edit: Henry Jacques brings the Les Toupies fragrances to Hong Kong – three complementary pairs of his and hers scents featuring stunning flacons to match

Henry Jacques’ Les Toupies Collection includes three pairs of fragrances in different handmade flacons, including No 16 and No 81, seen here. Photos: Henry Jacques
French fragrance house Henry Jacques is recognised globally for its mastery of fine perfumery, creating unique olfactory expressions from the very finest ingredients that are always entirely out of the ordinary – and also for complementing those scents with containers every bit as rare, spectacular and sought after. Never has that been more emphatically the case than with the beautiful Les Toupies, part of the perfumier’s Les Exceptions Collection.
Henry Jacques’ Les Toupies, part of the perfumier’s Les Exceptions collection, combines both spectacular scents and vessels.

Meaning “the spinning tops”, it comprises three pairs of perfumes, each featuring a harmonious combination of one masculine and one feminine expression. Each of the perfumes is contained in a cut glass flacon resembling a spinning top of intricate sculptural beauty that complements the precious liquid within. All recognisably from the same family but each having its own design, the flacons are made entirely by hand, and were the result of more than three years of painstaking development work under the direction of the brand’s artistic director Christophe Tollemer.

STYLE Edit: How a little French family built luxury perfumer Henry Jacques

Henry Jacques’ Mr H and Mrs Y pair of scents, from Les Toupies collection, evokes a love story.

The first of the three pairs of scents, known as Mr H and Mrs Y, is designed to evoke the essence of French elegance and also to depict a love story. The flacons containing these two perfumes are tapered before bulging sharply at the middle, the central chamber shaped like a fairground carousel or a kind of scalloped flying saucer. Slightly differing in size, with the flacon containing Mr H larger than the one containing Mrs Y, they house perfumes that complement each other but offer a different emphasis: the former more assertive, the latter more delicate. Mr H features notes of cedar leaf, geranium, sandalwood, tobacco, amber and patchouli, while Mrs Y summons up scents of ylang-ylang, Damask rose, jasmine, iris, wild lily of the valley and tonka bean.

Henry Jacques Cremona is the founder of the French luxury brand

For the second pairing, No 16 and No 81, Henry Jacques let its imagination run wild. While still based on the principles of classical perfumery, these two are innovative, modern creations that came about as the result of two years of research, and that complement familiar ingredients with some lesser known ones. No 16 features gardenia, ylang-ylang, rose de mai, iris, ambrette seed, white musk and vetiver, while No 81 showcases fragrances of hesperidium, bergamot, grapefruit, oudh el Dehen, ginger, musk, sandalwood and tonka bean. They’re contained in architectural flacons featuring bold, clean lines that form a shape almost like brilliant cut diamonds.

STYLE Edit: Henry Jacques opens first stand-alone duplex boutique in Paris

Henry Jacques’ Les Toupies collection III: Fanfan and Galileo, featuring saffron and lavender, and Italian mandarin and geranium, respectively.

The final pair of perfumes in the series, Galileo and Fanfan, come in flacons with a smooth, rounded lower section, a pleasingly tactile design that matches the exuberant perfumes within. Galileo leads off with notes of lavender, Italian mandarin and geranium, following that up with supporting scents of patchouli, myrrh and Thai benzoin, and finishing with a combination of oak moss, tobacco and amber. Fanfan, meanwhile, combines subtlety with intensity, striking the nose first with saffron, lavender and Egyptian geranium, progressing to Indian sandalwood and Damask rose, and finally delivering a dose of Moroccan cedar wood, leather and amber.

Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter.
Style Edit
  • Meaning ‘the spinning tops’, Les Toupies comprise three pairs of masculine and feminine perfumes in flacons designed by artistic director Christophe Tollemer
  • The pairs are Mr H and Mrs Y, a love story; No 16 and No 81, modern creations based on classic principles; and the exuberant Galileo and Fanfan