To dress such a refined and complex personality, perfumer Olivier Polge imagined a fragrance full of history: classic and brilliant, with accords that change on the person over time. Valentino Uomo is enveloped by the limpid elegance of zesty bergamot and its surprising hint of spice. Barely touched by myrtle, it opens with racy notes of coffee and the shimmering tones of gianduja cream, in a memorable enticing duo. It is retained by an enveloping musky hint of white leather that reveals the majesty of cedar.
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).
cedar wood /ˈsi:dəɼ wʊd/ n. Juniperus Virginiana Europe
History: introduced in the mid-seventeenth century in Europe. ♦ Ancestral: the essence was extracted and used by ancient Egyptians for cosmetics, perfumes and for embalming bodies’. ♦ Olf. Description: woody aroma with hints of amber and leather. Characterized by a drawing pencil note. ♦ Ceremonial: a wood used for fumigation, through incense. ♦ Honored and sacred: according to the Scriptures, it is the only tree God planted with His own hands. ♦ Long live the cedar! The tree can live up to 5 000 years. ♦ A strong symbol: power and majesty stature, magnanimity and wisdom, strength, eternity evergreen.
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).
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.
myrtle liquor /ˈmɜːrtəl ˈlɪkər / n. Myrtus Communis Sardinia
Liquor is obtained through the alcoholic maceration. With berries, you have the red liquor; with leaves, the white. ♦ Royal ritual: Since Queen Victoria's wedding bouquet, sprigs of myrtle have continually been included in royal wedding bouquets. ♦ Litt. Aphrodite plant, the myrtle tree was dedicated to Venus and became symbol of love and desire. ♦ Olf. Description: powerful, vivid, liqueur-like notes with a touch of bitterness. ♦ Less is more: it brings an aromatic note to compositions when used in small quantities. ♦ Wanted: myrtle berries are prized for their taste that is similar to juniper and rosemary leaves.
coffee /ˈkɒfɪ/ n. Coffea Arabica Ethiopia
Enigmatic: the origin of coffee is made of numerous myths and legends. ♦ History: in the middle of the fifteenth century, in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen, coffee beans were first roasted and brewed, in a similar way to how it is now prepared. ♦ Etymolpgy: the Arabic qahwah, that means “stimulant beverage”, may be an origin. ♦ Olf. Description: powerful, roasted coffee, leathery, liqueur-like notes. It permits to enhance a fragrance. ♦ Used with caution: for reasons of solubility, it is very rarely used in perfumery. ♦ Loved by all: “Coffee: the favorite drink of the civilized world” (Thomas Jefferson).