100 ml / 3.4 fl oz:
June 1660, Isle of Pheasants, Basque region, on the French-Spanish border. To ensure peace between them, two Royal Courts converge at a richly-appointed pavilion built of freshly cut Pine and Cedar wood. From the French side, in a golden aura of Iris, Rose and Jasmine, emerges a young Louis XIV, all starched and composed, eager to catch a glimpse of his new bride, the Infanta Maria Teresa. A woody floral fragrance with main notes of: Orange blossom, Florentine orris, jasmine and cedar wood. Olfactive pyramid: Top notes– Neroli, galbanum, French cypress and bergamot. Heart notes- Orange blossom, jasmine absolute, clove buds and rose water. Background notes- Florentine orris, vetiver, white cedar wood and Oiselet de Chypre accord (a 17th century resinous amber accord based on labdanum). Developed with Rodrigo Flores-Roux.
The olfactive snapshot of Louis XIV and the French Court, as they gather on the site of the Peace Negotiations with Spain. A composition of authentic 17th century formulas that is regal, radiant & refined. Large 100 ml / 3.4 fl oz. bottle of the highest Italian quality with our signature ‘A’ engraved metal cap, as well as the newest technology for an invisible spray tube.
- Louis XIV was dubbed the ‘sweetest smelling monarch’. To satisfy his love of orange blossom he imported thousands of orange trees from Spain and built the largest ever Orangerie.
- The Pommade de Florence was a popular concoction made of Florentine Iris. Fashionable with the French ladies, it was greatly ‘appreciated’ by the King.
- Louis’ signature mixture, ‘Acqua Angeli’ (L’Eau d’Ange), consisted of a mixture of nutmeg, cloves, and other resins boiled in rose water. Jasmine, orange blossom and a few grains of musk were added for his shirts to be rinsed in the sweetly scented water.
- Interiors were already scented in 17th century France: small bird-shaped ornaments known as Oiselets de Chypre, would be produced out of a fragrant paste and hung from ceiling beams.
- Standard protocol did not allow the groom to see the bride before the wedding, but Louis presented himself nonetheless. When Philip IV of Spain saw him come in, he pretended not to see him but made a swift sign to his daughter, who immediately went pale and lowered her eyes.
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