Eau de parfum "IO, ce que je suis"
‘IO Ce que je suis’
The very first eau de parfum created by Michèle Cros, and the first product from the La Prêtresse des Vents range, a new line by Douces Angevines that aims to get back to the very roots of perfume.
The deep, soft, rounded presence of Bushman Candle, the warmth of Labdanum and its shining mystery when combined with lunar, sensitive Myrrh, opening into a song from the heart, the harmonious notes of Rose and Magnolia. ‘IO Ce que je suis’ is a mixed perfume, and, like all true perfumes, it reacts differently on contact with each individual skin. What a joy to sense that only the unique combination of your skin and this eau de parfum can produce this smoothly suave fragrance.
A perfume that reaches to the very centre of your being. ‘IO Ce que je suis’ is an eau de parfum closely connected with Mother Earth, and evokes her warm breath, surrounding us with a protective aura. IO is a protective perfume, inviting us to get back in touch with the mystery of who we are and find the roots of our true nature once again. It imbues us with the serenity and strength we need to express ourselves freely and partake fully in the present moment.
Composition – ingredients
Inspired by the perfumes of ancient times that were made as gifts to the gods, the traditional ingredients used to make ‘IO ce que je suis’ date back to Mediterranean mythology. These precious ingredients, which have come to us from different ancient civilisations and are used here in their original form, mean that ‘IO ce que je suis’ represents a huge leap through time and space: Southern Africa (Bushman Candle), Peru (Palo Santo), Ancient Egypt (Myrrh, Rose), Crete (Labdanum), India (Sandalwood), Persia (Saffron)...The perfume of these sacred plants and resins acted as a messenger, making it possible to dialogue with other dimensions of reality, and opening hearts and minds with its beauty. It was the most precious gift to the gods, offered as a way of honouring them, invoking them, and benefiting from their influence. ‘IO ce que je suis’ reunites these highly precious materials once more, just as they existed 3,000 years ago.
Head note (spirit): Saffron flowers
Heart note (soul): Rose, Magnolia,
Base note (body): Sandalwood, Labdanum, Bushman Candle, Myrrhe
Natural products only
This is what makes ‘IO ce que je suis’ so special and so completely different: it is a totally natural, unique perfume. It contains neither synthetic compounds, nor fixatives (phthalates etc.), nor preservatives. It harms neither your skin nor your health. There is no added alcohol or water – we only use tinctures – plants, flowers and resins infused in organic alcohol (pure wheat-grain alcohol) – and organic hydrosols. The INCI listed ‘perfume’ comprises essential oils and certain absolutes extracted from wild or organically grown plants. Every element of the whole composition is plant-based. 83.5% of it is organic, and the remaining 15.5% comes from 100% pure, natural plants collected in the wild or grown in the Douces Angevines garden.
Natural production methods
‘IO ce que je suis’ eau de parfum is made entirely by hand on Douces Angevines premises. We are reinstating the old, traditional methods of making perfume by hand, using totally natural ingredients – something that today appears to be a completely innovative thing to do.
We also pack the products ourselves on our own packaging line, which guarantees faultless quality control, and, just like our cosméto-fluides®, the perfume is potentised manually, to ensure total harmonisation of all the elements.
Exceptional and intangible
Our production methods include ancestral perfume-making rituals originating in alchemy and ancestral shamanic tradition. The spirit of the plants in these rarest and subtlest of essences is recognised as a combination to which everyone can respond.
Each plant has its own intelligence, will and intention, and the wisdom of ancient times can reconnect us with such qualities.
Our perfumes offer much more than just seduction – they bring droplets of harmony and beauty to the wearer, and they bring healing to the heart and the soul.