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    Composed by Alexis Dadier and Sophie Labbe, Valentino Uomo Acqua is a contemporary exploration of freshness and intensity. The aromatic green of an Italian garden is laced with mandarin, citron and green tomato. The subversive depth of iridescent white leather with iris absolute brings a disenchanted charm. The fragrance also blends clary sage essence and patchouli heart.

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    citron /ˈsi-trən/ n. Citrus Medica Italy

    Ancestor of the lemon from South Asia. ♦ Pioneer: the first citrus fruit available in Asia before being cultivated in Italy, Morocco and Corsica.
    ♦ Cold pressed using the fruit’s zest. ♦ Olfactory description: a note evoking zest, a hint of lemon, freshness, sparkle and radiance. ♦ A symbol
    of life and pleasure: citron could well be the forbidden fruit of the
    Garden of Eden. ♦ Royal: particularly appreciated for its suave scent, the citron was featured in the Versailles Orangerie at the time of the
    Sun King. ♦ Seducer: «She picked out citron from her perfume collection.
    After all, plant essences are ideal for a romantic rendezvous under the trees». — (Pierre Louÿs, The adventures of King Pausole, 1901).

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    leather /ˈle-thər / n. Corium Italy

    Material created by the tanning of animal rawhide and skin: suede l.,
    Russian l., milled l., burnished l. ♦ Noble material, a status symbol since Ancient Egyptian times: His shoes were (…) made of Russian l., or English
    calf or Morocco (Molière). ♦ Profoundly Italian: Italy has earned a strong
    reputation for the leatherwork of its craftsmen and bootmakers.
    ♦ The infatuation with scented gloves, which originated in Tuscany,
    marked the rise of modern perfumery: He took up the glove again, as soon as he was alone, kissed it, inhaled its scent, and fancied that he was still holding the girl in his embrace… Carried away by a passion which quite overpowered him (Zola).

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    iris absolute \ˈaɪərɪs ˈæbsəluːt\ n. Iris Pallida Absoluta Italy

    Rhizomatous plant with delicate scented flowers. ♦ Olfactive description: deep, floral, powerful and a long-lasting powdery note. ♦ Value: one of the most sophisticated and expensive raw materials in perfumery. Known as “blue gold.” ♦ A perfume in itself. The iris does not need another smell. (Barbe) ♦ Patience and maturity: it takes three years between the harvest of the iris root and extraction to get the best from the rhizome: an absolute with a high concentration of irone, the iconic molecule of iris. ♦ Italian; a symbol of the city of Florence; born and harvested in the stony earth of Tuscany. ♦ Rainbow: an arc of spectral colours produced by iridescence.

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    mandarin \ˈmændərɪn\ n. Citrus Reticulata Italy

    Dark orange, small citrus fruit, with a thin skin and sweet pulp. ♦ Hesperidic: named after the golden fruit harvested in the mythic garden of the Hesperides: Hera’s orchard. ♦ Olfactive description: a very clean and natural scent, with a fresh aldehydic zesty top note. ♦ Symbol of distinction: native to China, the mandarin orange was a refined present for the Mandarins, who gave their name to the fruit. ♦ Sun-kissed: known as the sun of winter. The delicious flavour of the mandarin orange and other citrus fruits brightens cold winter days. Evoking moods of southern Italy, it is the fruit of joy and enthusiasm. ♦ Provence: an exceptional, festive fruit.

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    green tomatoes /ˈgrēn tə-ˈmā-tōz̥ / n. Solanum Lycopersicum Mediterranean

    Perfumer’s creation. ♦ A fruit from South America often mistaken for
    a vegetable. ♦ Disconcerting: it’s difficult to tell when it’s truly ripe.
    ♦ Unmatchable attractiveness, taste and scent: emerald green, firm and
    tender, soft, juicy, and slightly acidic. ♦ Olfactory description: a bitter,
    fragrant, green note with a tomato and citrus infletion. ♦ A symbol of
    fertility: Bambaras, a people from West Africa (Mali, Senegal and
    Guinea), eat tomatoes before marriage. ♦ Long referred to as the «love apple» or «gold apple», the word «tomato» didn’t appear in the English language
    until 1753.

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