Here’s a good thing for a sunny Monday morning. If you buy this scent, 10% of its net profit (that’s around £6 per bottle) will go to the Women for Women’s sponsorship programme, which supports women victims of war. The statistics according to Women For Women reveal that 70% of the world’s poor are women, which makes their plight during war all the more far reaching. It brings to mind the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, a sharp portrayal of the horrors of war for women.
The kind of help the programmes provide is both supportive and practical. A year in length, they include training in vocation skills and building small business ventures, to help give women and their families back their lives. The programme has helped equip Julienne (who had to flee the Democratic Republic of Congo with her seven children) with the know-how to take herself from selling palm oil and peanuts in the market (not enough to feed her family properly) to building a small, successful soap-making business. It’s also possible to be a sponsor – if you’re interested in reading more, take a look at the Women For Women website, which outlines ways to help.
The scent itself is a floral with freesia, iris and sandalwood and has a lovely, low key smell – soft and warm on the skin and difficult not to like. It was created by the perfumer, Azzi Glasser, who was behind Maitresse by Agent Provocateur. You can buy In Peace (£60) at Space NK and also at Bloomingdales from April 17th.
Thoughts of peace in the air, Karl Jenkins‘ Benedictus, The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace knocked me for six this weekend and I’m listening to it as I work here at my desk. The recurring seven note melody is beyond disarming – a melody for peace. Here is an extract: