Mad et Len

Mad et Len

Mad et Len, a clever word play on the French “madeleine”.

In the novel Remembrance of Things Past (1913), the delicate little pastry madeleine, triggers a flood of memories for Marcel Proust, one of France’s most influential authors of the 20th century.

He tells of a fond memory. A day when he was home sick and his mother offered him some tea.

“No sooner had the warm liquid, and the crumbs with it, touched my palate, a shudder ran through my whole body, and I stopped. (…)

And I begin again to ask myself what it could have been, this unremembered state which brought with it no logical proof of its existence, but only the sense that it was a happy, that it was a real state in whose presence other states of consciousness melted and vanished. (…)

And suddenly the memory returns. The taste was that of the little crumb of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray, when I went to say good day to her in her bedroom, my aunt Léonie used to give me, dipping it first in her own cup of real or of lime-flower tea. (…)

The smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment.”

And thus, Mad et Len is a search of lost time.

In 2007 Sandra Fuzier and Alexandre Piffaut left their Paris office jobs and moved to the village of St. Julien du Verdon in the South of France, Close to the world famous perfumery capital grasse. Here, they founded Mad et len. A collection of scents, perfumes, potpourris and objects that are inevitably luxurious and artisanal.

Each scent is formulated by mad et len and all ingredients are natural. The essential oils come from undiluted flowers, wood and spices in-house. The soy vegetable wax is poured by hand over the cotton wicks.

Enclosed in beautiful casings forged by local blacksmiths and then blackened in the fire.

SCENTS

MAD ET LEN CANDLES ARE AN ODE TO EARTHLY ELEMENTS, HOUSED IN ONE-OF-A-KIND BLACKENED IRON VESSELS COMPLETE WITH SNUFF LID, FORGED BY THEIR OWN BLACKSMITHS.

POTPOURRIS

MAD ET LEN POT POURRI IS HOUSED IN a ONE-OF-A-KIND BLACKENED IRON casing, FORGED BY THEIR OWN BLACKSMITHS USING ANCIENT METHODS & HANDMADE IN A REMOTE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE IN THE FRENCH ALPS. INCENSE, BARK, EARTH, Amber, PARCHMENT.

PARFUMES

MAD ET LEN CANDLES ARE AN ODE TO EARTHLY ELEMENTS, HOUSED IN ONE-OF-A-KIND BLACKENED IRON VESSELS COMPLETE WITH SNUFF LID, FORGED BY THEIR OWN BLACKSMITHS.

OBJECTS

OBJECTS MADE FROM BLACKENED METAL. SHAPED AND BURNED BY HAND.