What about these soliflores? Well it’s just a fancy name for a fragrance built around one single flower. Perhaps one asks themselves, where’s the art in something perceived as so modest? That very word, modest, should be underlined because that is exactly what a soliflore should be according to me. Creating a soliflore is the endeavour to imitate nature, showcasing the work of the very best perfumer of all, Mother Nature herself. And nature never brags about all the beauty it surrounds us with, it’s simply there for free. Something I think should be respected and cared for. It’s popular to create soliflores around what we call mute flowers, flowers that simply won’t give up their oil. Lily of the valley, honeysuckle, hyacinth, lilac, freesia, peony, lily, carnation and many more. All of these have to be recreated synthetically or together with the help of a few similar naturals we can get the oil from. In the Semper Augustus I was presented with two challenges – Recreating a flower most people don’t think have a scent and secondly recreating a flower that no longer exists. The Semper Augustus was the very epitome of Dutch tulip growing in the 17th century, at the price of 13000 florins in 1638, you could choose between buying a nice canal house or one bulb for the same price. The tulip market crashed that same year. Much later they found that a virus caused the beautiful streaks in the flower, these “broken” tulips are still grown today but the original is gone. Tulips do indeed smell, but it’s shy so you need plenty of them to smell it. You could smell them from miles away when I visited the tulip fields outside Lisse. It’s magical. Waxy, musky, hints of saffron and something reminding me of Ambrette seed with an olfactory body very similar to freesia. It took me a long time and many trials to find the exact balance. Using the same trick nature does, complexity disguised as effortlessness. Weirdly enough I hope you find it simple, only then do I feel like I gave nature and the Semper Augustus justice.
With each parfum from the Alinea Collection a complementary sample of the same fragrance will be included.
Before opening the full-sized flacon, test the parfum with the sample. Unopened items will be accepted within 30 days of the original purchase.
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