Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954), was a French novelist. Her work focused on married life and sexuality. It was frequently quasi-autobiographical: Chéri and Le Blé en Herbe both deal with love between an aging woman and a very young man.
Colette embarked on a series of relationships with women, notably with Missy. In 1907, an onstage kiss between Missy and Colette in a pantomime entitled "Rêve d'Égypte" caused a near-riot, and as a result they were no longer able to live together openly, although their relationship continued for another five years.
In 1944 Colette published what became perhaps her most famous work, Gigi, which tells the story of sixteen-year-old Gigi. Gigi is trained as a courtesan to captivate a wealthy lover, but defies the tradition by marrying him instead.
Colette is a perfume inspired by the garden of La Treille Muscate in St Tropez, her heavenly refuge acquired in 1925.
jasmine, pine, sun-drenched fig