An opulent and oriental vision of Valentino composed by Sonia Constant, Valentino donna Noir Absolu is a collision between the spice of black pepper and a lascivious rose. The decadence of Plum liquor meets sensuous leather and sandalwood, and the effect is utterly addictive.
black pepper /pwavʁ/n. Piper Nigrum Madagascar
Christened as “King of Spices” or “Black gold”. ♦ Botanical: Grows on a vine which flowers produce delicate fruits, called peppercorns. ♦ Steam distillation of ripe berries. ♦ Fragrance notes: Sharp, bold, spicy, stimulating notes. ♦ The Arab conquest of Alexandria in 642 marked the beginning of commerce. ♦ Legendary past: black pepper was placed in Egyptian sarcophagi to accompany the pharaohs with their precious and magical properties. ♦ Roman heritage: used as an exquisite spice for Roman emperors banquets. On conquering Rome, the King of Visigoths, Alaric I, demanded pepper as part of the ransom. ♦ Pepper is small in quantity and great in virtue (Plato).
sandalwood/ˈsændlwʊd/ n. Santalum Spicatum Australia
Originally from tropical Asia. ♦ Liquid gold: That is what its admirers called it due to its value. ♦ Steam distillation of sandalwood roots and wood reduced to powder and dried out. ♦ Fragrance notes: Woody, sweet, powdery, smooth, milky notes. ♦ Dark wood: In the language of trees, sandalwood is synonymous with mystery. ♦ Venerable: It was part of the formula for embalming fluids used in temples dedicated to the deity Shiva. ♦ Eternal: It was used to build temples, divine sculptures, boxes and various objects, since insects were repelled by its scent. ♦ Its smoke is uplifting for the soul and promotes meditation.
rose/rəʊz / n. Rosa France
The Queen of flower, voluptuous with various nuances of powder, wood notes or fruit, feminine, romantic. ♦ A term of endearment: rose has its name from Latin word rosa, a fond way of addressing a loved-one. ♦ The rose bush was first cultivated in Asia at least 5,000 years ago. ♦ But who dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose. (Anne Brontë) ♦ Symbol of true Love: in the Antic Rome, rose is intimately linked to Venus - goddess of Beauty - loved by Adonis yet desired by Mars. ♦ There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
leather/kɥiʁ/ n. Cŏrĭum Italy
One of the oldest human fabric. ♦ Haute Society legacy: in the 16th century, aristocracy wore leather gloves and has them perfumed with delicate oils to soften the odor of animal skin. ♦ Italian “raison d’être”: since the Roman Times, leather appears as a symbol of high luxury and exquisite quality, associated to Italian exceptional craftsmanship. ♦ Smell of distinction: soft on the nostrils, yet deeply instinctive, primitive and natural, appealing to a lascivious sensuality. ♦ Handcraft: secrets of leather making are closely protected. The father would traditionally pass down his “savoir-faire” to his eldest son.
plum liqueur/pʁyn/ n. Prunus Italy
One of the first fruit tasted by humans along with the Eden’s apple. ♦ Italian distinction: Italian plums are one of the most exquisite varieties among the 2,000 existing varieties. ♦ Elegant addiction: as liquor, Italian Plum has as a dark, juicy and bloody texture, with an intensely addictive oriental facet. ♦ Fruit of the Kings: King Henri III of France is known to be used to savour plums by the fire side every single night, to regain from his daily feats. ♦ Resurgence & Purity: Plums come into flowers at the end of the winter, first and foremost, on branches still deprived of any leaf. Symbol of purity.