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Inspiration - Tuesday - 18/01/11 - 11:53am

Inspiration - Odorantes

While I was working in Paris last weekend I visited Odorantes, an absolutely amazing florist which is owned by the equally amazing French make-up artist Emmanuel Sammartino and his partner Christophe Herve, which I just had to share with you all.

As you can see from my photos, this is not your typical florist – it’s more like a flower boutique. The walls are painted a chic, matte grey, which makes the flowers really pop. When I was there the store had a Greek God theme going on, with lots of beautiful statues dotted around. But being a bit of a concept store, the theme is changed every two months. Previous themes have been swans, butterflies and birds turning the store into something really special and magical. Christophe told me the theme was changing this week to Lapins (rabbits) so it must look amazing!

Emmanuel has some fantastic clients, including the beautiful Catherine Deneuve, who shops at Odorantes along with many other cool Parisiennes like Sofia Coppola and Karl Lagerfeld – who all know that a Black Baccara rose from Odorantes is the ultimate in Parisienne floral chic! And having worked with Karl, I know how fussy he is about the flowers in his studio – so you know you’re in good company if you’re shopping there!

All of the flowers in the store are carefully sourced fresh from around France, ensuring that each one is like a work of art. Emmanuel and Christophe themselves are true artists, always striving to make each bouquet completely unique and tailored to their client. They told me how they like to arrange their bouquets by scent rather than colour, meaning that each one is gorgeously eclectic, and always wrap them in chic black paper with little poems tucked away inside.

I have always found flowers so inspiring for my work and so it was amazing for me to spend some time here among some of the most amazing flowers I’ve ever seen. I especially loved the rich lavender, almost metallic, roses and the fleshy, peachy-pink anemones – (when I asked Christophe how he would describe the colour he said ‘blush’ – of course, as a make-up artist, I loved this!)

Along with flowers, the store also sells gorgeous candles and olive oil, and they did create a lipstick based on roses (their signature flower), which I’m gutted to have missed – I’m crossing my fingers that Emmanuel will create another one in the near future! As I couldn’t buy any flowers (not good to take on the Eurostar lol) I bought the ‘Primavera’ (spring) candle. I’m burning it now as I write this and its absolutely divine.

Have a look at my photos – have you ever seen as amazing an anemone as the deep red ones with the electric blue centre? I love them!

If you want to see more check out their website (particularly the floral gallery)…how incredible are some of the bouquets!

 

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jarigl - Tuesday Oct 23rd 2012 1:37pm
lisa is there no way by which u can upload ur videos other than u tube?cause i cant access ur any video because of you tube restriction in my country.

Tuesday Oct 23rd 2012 1:36pm
lisa is there no way by which u can upload ur videos other than u tube?cause i cant access ur any video because of you tube restriction in my country.

Linda Abrahams - Sunday Aug 5th 2012 9:47pm
Well, flowers, makeup, clothing, isn't it all the same? A way to express your inner creative self. Not surprised that a makeup artist would see the superlative beauty in those stunning blooms! And the colors! The scent is just an added bonus; the visual is almost enough for me!

Syrael - Wednesday Jul 18th 2012 3:00pm
Absolutely gorgeous! Great stylish music & website :-)

Mint - Saturday Jul 7th 2012 4:17pm
I wish I had a room fill with the spectacular flowers..They are absolutely beautiful. Stunning :)xoxo

Caroline - Wednesday Jun 27th 2012 6:01pm
I can practically smell those roses! Absolutely beautiful. Nature is just amazing. x

princess_workstoomuch - Friday Feb 11th 2011 4:46pm
How blessed you are to know Paris so well! Parisian's make elegance so simple. xo

Bella Perlo - Thursday Jan 27th 2011 5:44pm
i love flowers & this place is very romantic & lovely :) ;)

Pauline from Paris - Saturday Jan 22nd 2011 1:51pm
Wonderful white tulipes perroquet and renoncules... White roses de noël, in their blue pots, and amazing anémones (sorry, I use french names for flowers... Thank you Lisa for sharring this beautiful place with us. I will discover that gorgeous boutique immediatly ;-) When I was younger, it was one of my favorite activity: flowers and artisic bouquets!

Silvia Miteva - Friday Jan 21st 2011 11:34pm
Yeahhh, reallly beautiful! I looked at his internet site (odoranres-paris.com). Very simple, very chique...loved the music too... Thank you for sharing with us your experiences:) Are you coming to Portugal? Do you have any clients here? I am just wondering... kind regards:)

nineta - Friday Jan 21st 2011 9:53pm
how amazing dear Lisa!!!!! and guess what! u r a real artist after all!!! so,,,,,let us see your inspired work after visiting paris and this unbelievable flowershop! how about a face like a rose.... or like a bouquet.... ;)

nineta - Friday Jan 21st 2011 9:53pm
how amazing dear Lisa!!!!! and guess what! u r a real artist after all!!! so,,,,,let us see your inspired work after visiting paris and this unbelievable flowershop! how about a face like a rose.... or like a bouquet.... ;)

nineta - Friday Jan 21st 2011 9:52pm
how amazing dear Lisa!!!!! and guess what! u r a real artist after all!!! so,,,,,let us see your inspired work after visiting paris and this unbelievable flowershop! how about a face like a rose.... or like a bouquet.... ;)

Jennifer - Friday Jan 21st 2011 12:22am
This is the kind of thing I dream about!

Shelley - Thursday Jan 20th 2011 8:31pm
Hi Lisa, What gorgeous photos. Next time i am in Paris I will have to check that out x

nineta - Wednesday Jan 19th 2011 7:26pm
how amazing dear Lisa!!!!! and guess what! u r a real artist after all!!! so,,,,,let us see your inspired work after visiting paris and this unbelievable flowershop! how about a face like a rose.... or like a bouquet.... ;)

anne - Wednesday Jan 19th 2011 6:22pm
Beautiful flowers and I get inspired of the colors! I'm impressed of the different themes for every week... good idea:)

Mags - Wednesday Jan 19th 2011 5:13pm
So so pretty - make me smile...

Janet Moulton - Wednesday Jan 19th 2011 5:01pm
I just checked out their website; I have never seen such beautiful flowers ever. As I go through, each one, I say is my favourite and then I go to the next which is more beautiful, if that’s even possible. Thanks for the uplift in my day Janet,xOx

Janet moulton - Wednesday Jan 19th 2011 4:57pm
Wow! Thanks for sharing a little of Paris with us. Do you know the name of the potted yellow flower that is on the table with the glass covered candles in the photo 2nd above or the very first photo under the picture; I love the look of them? I need a scent that says get up off your butt and stop feeling sorry for your self, I wonder if the spring scent would do that for me. I’m going to give it a try. Janet,xOx

Maureen - Wednesday Jan 19th 2011 3:20pm
Lovely! Thanks for sharing this - not just amazing blooms, but the atmosphere of the shop seems magical and inspirational!

Josee Drapeau - Wednesday Jan 19th 2011 1:59pm
Thank you for charing your travel with us.

Jeanette - Wednesday Jan 19th 2011 10:21am
Looks like a sanctuary to be in where you just relax and enjoy. Beautiful!

Vesela Angelova - Wednesday Jan 19th 2011 8:38am
Wow, this is't amazing, i love Paris,this gray city seems at first glance, but behind that gray- gothic reveal amazing colors, and these pictures prove it. An awesome atmosphere.

Jeanette - Wednesday Jan 19th 2011 6:49am
Looks like a sanctuary to be in where you just relax and enjoy. Beautiful!

Ginny - Wednesday Jan 19th 2011 12:02am
Dear Lisa, This is heaven! I am an OB/GYN, but if I ever stop delivering babies, I would want to work with flowers. I love your website--and so does my four year old! She watches one of your videos every night before bed. Her favorites are the colorful ones with your assistant Jesse. Keep the inspiration coming!

Arden Parker - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 11:49pm
Wow what an amazing place! You seem to have such an amazing career i hope to one day have a career that equals yours. You are my idol :)

nineta - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 11:15pm
how amazing dear Lisa!!!!! and guess what! u r a real artist after all!!! so,,,,,let us see your inspired work after visiting paris and this unbelievable flowershop! how about a face like a rose.... or like a bouquet.... ;)

Caroline C - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 8:51pm
May I also add WOW! I think that says it all really. Parisian chic in a vase.

Caroline - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 8:29pm
Wow, amazing. I love the second picture, the flowers look almost unreal.

Shauna - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 8:27pm
Amazing pictures Lisa thanks for sharing with us i will definitley checkout there website I agree flowers are brilliant for inspiration when it comes to makeup :) xxx

Carlijn - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 8:12pm
I love the pink-ish/purple-ish roses, my fave flower! I especially love the ones you can just push your face in (because it's scent is one of my fave scents in the world.) They kind of look like the ones in the YSL Parisienne ad!

Kharina - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 7:48pm
Beautiful! It looks more luxe than the famous Sapua in Brooklyn which is also an incredible florist. The flowers take you back to a forgotten era, the dusky and bright colours are incredibly romantic and tres chic of course!

Eleonore - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 6:34pm
I know this boutique, it is amazingly gorgeous, beuaty surrounding you...and you do'nt know what to choose, the flowers are so beautiful...I love the peachy-pink anemones though...

milia - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 5:36pm
blush for a colour of a flower...original! By the way I can't wait the other video(s) you will do on this theme (probably one a the cream blushes and another one on powder blushes?). I hope you've enjoyed your stay in Paris (I write you from there!)

April Morrison - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 3:49pm
WOW! I've definitely never seen a florist quite like this-absolutely beautiful. And you're right-inspirational as well. I've always admired natures way of creating colors and these flowers are perfect examples of that. Thank you for sharing Lisa :)

Josie Low - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 3:00pm
love this place, I'm an aspiring English make-up artist living and working in Paris and I like to go there for a little inspiration from time to time too. Beautiful Photos Xx

Helene - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 2:32pm
Thanks a lot for this beautiful adress Lisa, I'll certainly go to have a look !

Kelley - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 1:43pm
What an exquisite flower "boutique". Makes me wish to decorate my house with fresh flowers in every room. Those are amazing anemones!Thank you for sharing your experience. Makes me feel like I took a quick jaunt to Paris too.

Miléna - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 1:30pm
Allison you took words out of my mouth ;-)

Sophie de France - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 1:03pm
White roses are my favorite since always, so I take this post like a gift. Thank you very much Lisa ! (I've been living in Paris for years but didn't know this florist).

Judith Romance - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 12:59pm
Fab taste... Thank you for sharing Lisa!

Nikita - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 12:58pm
This is gorgeous!!!!!! Love it, Lisa. Hope they bring that lippie out soon! I have a thing about buying cherry blossoms and willow at the moment as a little florist in North West London does some stunning tall boughs of them. They're so delicate and pretty. x

Allison - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 12:53pm
Wow, you are just So incredibly lucky to be where you are, able to see so much beauty in this world, created by others, and you yourself paint beauty on people, it's Amazing, really.

Jessica Müller - Tuesday Jan 18th 2011 12:27pm
Wow that looks amazing!!! I was in Paris last weekend, too, but unfortunately I missed this...

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