A classical white orchid bouquet, spiked with pink pepper, melts into a bed of dense, creamy candle wax and myrrh. A memory, a soft focused, glowing light - minimal, radiant, aery.
For perfume nerds like us, 11 Candles could be the fragrant lovechild of Cartier’s Basier Fou made by Mathilde Laurent and Olivia Giacobetti’s haunting incenses, Passage d’Enfer for L’Artisan Parfumeur and L’Ether for IUNX.
It’s a stunning fragrance that dances between different weights and textures and wears on the skin like a smoked veil.
7753 stands for the dimensions of the Mona Lisa painting, for this perfume is not the perfume of an image nor the mere perfume of a woman frozen in the past but that of Womankind. It is the scent of an emotion, of an undecipherable glance, of her unexplainable beauty and of her immersive power that draws us in. A hidden number for a hidden smile. Top notes of Italian bergamot, ivy and Ma Khaen berry give way to a heart of tuberose, Barbary fig and heliotrope before a dry-down of vetiver, sandalwood and oakmoss rounds out this enigmatic and voluptuous Fresh-Floral eau de parfum.
Buen Camino is a perfume about pilgrimage inspired by Carter Weeks Maddox’s 600-mile-long walk on the 5,000 year old Camino de Santiago de Compostela. It’s a “psychotic fougere” that twists, turns and loses all sense of orientation, but ultimately provides comfort and reinvigorates a genre aching for new dynamism.
Buen Camino gathers scents from the last stretch of Camino after the toll of his exertions caught up with him and he underwent makeshift surgery from a kindly old nun. The smell from the bundle of dried Iberian lavender and immortelle she gave him to inhale for relaxation mixed with the odours of antiseptics and stiff bandages. The aroma of the hot asphalt of newly paved roads juxtaposed against the dust of the centuries-old, decaying Roman ones. And the simple joy of the Tarta de Santiago, Galician almond cake scented with spiced oranges and lemons served with espresso that he shared with his father who’d traveled to Spain to look after him on his final days on the trail.
An enthralling perfumed tableaux of wandering through the streets of Havana on a hot summer night. The smell of overripe mangoes, bruised and discarded, after a day spent wallowing in tropical heat mixes with golden, sun-cured tobacco leaves, caramelized brown sugar, freshly pressed espresso and vines of jasmine hanging overhead.
Perfumer Sarah McCartney finishes The Dark Heart of Old Havana on a base of a dark vanilla, tonka bean and feral musks that give this perfume such a swagger it should come with a parental advisory warning. This is a grown-up, adults-only fragrance, fully cognizant of its intoxicating allure.
Warning: Due to the colour of some of the naturals used in this fragrance, it may stain light coloured clothing.
Bergamot, Black Pepper, Orange,Mango, Grapefruit, Sugar