Perfumers Sonia Constant and Antoine Maisondieu imagined a subtle, light, unique scent with an alluring Italian accord.
Luminous and sensual, the floral oriental fragrance revolves around a contrast of noble ingredients. Rose essence, generously blended with notes of bergamot and iris Pallida, illuminates the fragrance with refined radiance.
Warm, intense notes of leather blended with patchouli and vanilla express an exquisite sensuality.
bergamot /ˈbɜːɡəˌmɒt/ n. Citrus aurantium var. bergamia Calabria - Italy
Sour, yellow, pear-shaped fruit of the b. tree, the rinds of which yield a highly fragrant essential oil: essence of b. gives the fragrance a citrusy, luminous, radiant facet ♦ Fruit of the Nobles: brought back from the Orient during the Crusades and introduced to Calabria ♦ Name derived from Turkish bey armudu meaning “prince’s pear” ♦ Mythology – symbolizes the perfume of the Hesperides (b. of Hera’s orchard) ♦ Myth: bring wealth and prosperity; Sicilians keep dried b. in a safe for good luck.
rose /rōz/ n. Rosa Damascena Bulgaria
Flower of the r. tree ♦ Royal, majestic: the queen of flowers ♦ Characterized by its delicate, sensual, captivating fragrance ♦ Symbol of love and mad passion: Sweetheart, let’s see if the r. (Ronsard) ♦ Mythical, Gods’ companion: Venus wanted to cut a white flower and pricked herself, covering her with an everlasting purple colour. To Cupid, the r. seemed so beautiful that he kissed it… (Virgile) ♦ Light red colour: pink fabric ♦ Diamond whose top is faceted and bottom flat: r. diamond ♦ Pertaining to the carnal pleasure, the priced, venal sensual trade: pink messenger.
patchouli \ˈpa-chə-lē, pə-ˈchü-lē\ n. Pogostemon cablin Indonesia
Tropical plant ♦ Synonymous with seduction: essential oil of p. with an erotic and addictive smell; the richness of p. notes gives it a sensuality unlike any other in the world of perfumery ♦ In the muggy air intermittently lingered a more acute smell, it was coming from a few sprigs of dried p. broken into tiny pieces at the bottom of a glass (Zola) ♦ Olfactory fascination: cashmere shawls imported from India wrapped in p. leaves during the Second Empire ♦ Emblem: scent associated with the hippie movement – voluptuous liberation of carnal desire.
iris \ˈī-rəs\ n. Iris Pallida Italy
Rhizomatous plant with delicate flowers ♦ Richness: one of the most sophisticated raw materials in perfumery ♦ Italian; symbol of the city of Florence; Marie de Medicis scented her clothing with little sachets of i. rhizomes ♦ Of noble ancestry: I. daughter of Thaumas and Electre; messenger goddess of Hera ♦ Radiant, when I. descends from Olympus, blazing a rainbow trail (Homer) ♦ Term for a lover used by poets to speak of a beloved without naming her: Ode boasts of kiss snatch’d from the lips of I. (Boileau) ♦ Rainbow, an arc of spectral colours, produced by iridescence.
leather \ˈle-thər\ n. Corium Italy
Tropical plant • Synonymous with seduction: essential oil of p. with an erotic and addictive smell; the richness of p. notes gives it a sensuality unlike any other in the world of perfumery • In the muggy air intermittently lingered a more acute smell, it was coming from a few sprigs of dried p. broken into tiny pieces at the bottom of a glass (Zola) • Olfactory fascination: cashmere shawls imported from India wrapped in p. leaves during the Second Empire.
vanilla beans \vəˈnɪlə biːn\ n. Vanilla Planifolia Indian Ocean
The fruit of a Mexican orchid later cultivated on islands of the Indian Ocean and known as Vanilla Bourbon. ♦ Mouth-watering: vanilla is now the world’s most famous and favourite sweet spice. ♦ Olfactive description: sweet, balsamic, with blond tobacco notes. ♦ In perfumery it is linked to the oriental family, composed of sweet amber perfumes. ♦ Value: vanilla bean extract is much more expensive than the synthetic vanillin. ♦ Xocoatl recipe: in the Aztec and Maya cultures, vanilla beans were associated with the preparation of chocolate, reserved for nobles and warriors. ♦ Myth: according to legend, the tropical orchid grew where the blood of a murdered princess and her lover fell to the ground.