Smell leaves hotel guests wanting more
Blaise Mautin's fragrance wafts through the corridors of the Hyatt Park Vendome in Paris.
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(CNN) -- When artisan perfumer Blaise Mautin was asked by a Paris hotel to create a scent for the soaps and shampoos in its bathrooms, the fragrance became so popular the hotel decided to use the unique aroma throughout the building.
Now, scented candles burning Mautin's scent waft through the Hyatt Park Vendome's corridors, housemaids replenish rooms with a quick squirt and it is even in the air conditioning.
The entire hotel has been designed to stimulate all of the senses through its aesthetic appearance, fabrics and gastronomy and general manager Michel Jauslin told CNN that the idea behind using Mautin's scent was to attach a smell to the experience of staying in the hotel.
"With all these senses that we've put together the idea is that when the customer leaves he can take a little part of everything," he said.
"The candle of Blaise Mautin, which provides the flavor, the smell, and provides the scent where people can take it away with them.
"We are continuously now trying to produce the concept and trying to create new items and new ideas that people can take away with them."
And people do take it away with them to savor the flavor when they leave the hotel.
Magaly Fuentes is one guest who is a fan of Mautin's work. She bought the scent during her last stay at the hotel.
"Every time I wear it, everybody -- men and women, because both can wear it -- is asking, 'What is that smell?' They love it," she said.
Mautin told CNN that creating the perfect scent for a person, event or in this case, hotel, required a certain amount of patience.
"What I normally do is solve a little puzzle. I have a white page and I put down some products -- let's say 15 products and then I actually start on 15 products and try to see what it is. How it looks like. How does it smell? And then you know a little touch. And then I'm trying to think that is not finished yet. There is something you know missing. What can it be?"
He said that often if an unfinished scent was missing something, the right essential oil would show itself in his laboratory to complete the puzzle.
"The product themselves, they are calling me saying, 'No, that isn't the one. Don't forget about me.' It is always a kind of a game and it is fascinating," Mautin said.
Mautin's olfactory omnipresence has not stopped at the hotel's corridors -- he also collaborated with its kitchen staff to create a macaroon that has a hint of perfume.
Pastry chef Jean-Francois Foucher told CNN that guests kept coming back for more of the scented sweet.
"We put the perfume inside the mix of the macaroon and after we put just a little inside the cream -- it is a blueberry cream and we put just a little of blueberry cream."
They are now working on new fragrant forms of chocolate dessert.
-- CNN's Neil Curry contributed to this report
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