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One of my favourite shops, it is heavenly and of course fabulously french!

I thought that it was about time that I opened up my wee black book and let you know about one of my favourite shops, it is one of the nicest that I have found since I have lived in France.

It is a beautiful shop, almost dreamlike with lots of flowers and it smells divine.

First I would like to tell you a little about the owner of the shop as I am sure that you will find it most interesting.....

Prudence, a woman on a journey strewn with flowers...

Born in Australia on Christmas day, she dreamed from her youth to create her own perfume.

Aged 25 she left Australia for London, then New York where she designed for renowned fashion houses. After marrying in 1987 Prudence & her husband bought a small Perigordine farm and there created a classic garden.

She followed her husband to Hong Kong. Fascinated by the botanic & biological metamorphoses that create silk, a material dominant in Asia, she founded a company "Prudenzia" for which she designed sophisticated silk lingerie.

She had a cosmopolitan clientele and she regularly participated in the Salon de Lingerie in Hong Kong, Paris and Lyon. On leaving Hong Kong she came to live in France sharing her time between Perigord and Paris.

In 2003 in Paris she met Henri Moulié, one of the great French florists who raised her awareness of the floral arts in his Parisian Atelier beside the Assemblée Nationale.

There it was that her visual and olfactory senses were stimulated & led her to the creation of her perfume. She devoted herself to blending & creating essential oils to form the distinctive, but subtle perfume following the familiar path to Grasse to learn the secrets of distillation.

This is a photo of the outside of the shop...

Prudence has composed a floral fragrance which is femine, sensual, discrete and stimulating.

I love the packaging, each box comes complete with handmade wax seal.

I especially love the ironing water as it smells divine and there is nothing nicer than climbing into bed that has oh so crisp white sheets that have a faint whiff of something beautiful.

Our guests at Maison de Poitiers love it also as much as we do. Oh I forgot to tell you the soaps come in lovely organza bags and everything that you buy is wrapped carefully in tissue and then packed into specially crafted lovely white carrier bags complete with white ribbon.

You can read more about Prudence and her heavenly creations on her website

I am sure that you will all love it as much as I do.

à très bientôt or as Prudence always signs off "perfumed thoughts"

L x


  1. what a wonderful story and how gorgeous, I can almost smell the perfume...I am off to her web site for a visit

  2. This fragrance sounds wonderful - I can't wait to try it, xv.


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