Sea, spray and sun! Like the sea breeze brushing against our face, 801 refreshes us with its trio of Italian citrus fruits. This wind then picks up, sending spices, pink pepper and nutmeg swirling. The rows of cedars and cypresses fill the air with their facets of wood dried by the sun’s rays. A summer fragrance to wear all year round.
What does “aquatic” mean in perfumery?
This relatively recent fragrance category was born in the 90s with the discovery of certain ingredients. We’re talking, of course, about aquatic notes, briny and reminiscent of seaside memories. But it’s also more than that; “aquatic” refers to all the notes that suggest water-filled plants and fruits, like melon or watermelon. They lend a watery dimension to compositions. Lotus is also very useful for recreating this sensation, by adding its gentle floral touch. It is incidentally one of the star ingredients of our 802, an aquatic fragrance with hints of rose which, if you’re intrigued, you can find here.
What does lemon add?
A small yellow or green citrus fruit, the lemon grows in the Mediterranean and subtropical regions and belongs to the citrus family. Its scent is light, bordering on volatile and is therefore mainly found as a top note. It releases bursting, very sharp, rising, lively, invigorating facets and a wave of wellbeing. It features in the compositions of many colognes and eaux fraîches. The essential oil of this fruit is extracted by expression. The small sacs of oil on its rind are pierced to obtain the lemon essence. The leaves and branches are distilled to give petitgrain citronnier essence. Their scents are very different, with petitgrain smelling green and floral with a hint of bitterness. Incidentally, the lemon tree is originally from the Far East and was introduced to the Mediterranean region during the Crusades.
What does rosemary add?
Perfumers love rosemary for its fresh, woody, camphoric and herbaceous notes. Its aromatic scent is iconic of the Mediterranean and calls to mind happy times spent in the kitchen or at the table in the company of friends. Rosemary was an important part of the oldest perfumes.
Have you ever heard of Queen of Hungary Water?
Legend has it that this rosemary-scented grape spirit was a powerful beauty elixir and thanks to it, the 72-year-old Queen married the young and attractive King of Poland. Unfortunately no one is around today to testify to this.