100 ml / 3.4 fl oz:
June 1660, Isle of Pheasants, Basque region, on the Spanish-French border. Maria Teresa, the Infanta of Spain, is offered to Louis XIV in exchange for peace between the two nations. Innocently perfumed with Orange flower water, her powdery complexion blushes as the gallant King lays his eyes on her for the first time. She opens her scented fan and steals a look back. A floral musky amber fragrance with main notes of: Orange flower water, Spanish leather, cistus resin and immortelle. Olfactive pyramid: Top notes- Cistus essence, bergamot and everlasting flower (immortelle). Heart notes- Orange flower absolute, jasmine concrete, Moroccan rose and Spanish leather accord. Background notes- Benzoin, cistus absolute, Venezuelan tonka bean and a harmony of modern musks. Developed with Yann Vasnier.
The portrait of the Spanish Court as it envelopes the orange blossom scented Infanta Maria Teresa, about to be handed over to the French Crown. Clean and intimate, and suggestive. 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.
- Spanish princesses are known as Infantas; in the 17th century, France’s political enemy was Spain. Marriage to a Spanish Infanta would reconfigure the balance of power in Europe, and eventually turn France into the hegemonic power.
- When Louis XIV first appeared in the room’s threshold, the French Queen Mother gestured to the door and asked the Infanta what she thought of the new arrival; the Infanta blushed and responded “The door seems quite beautiful and strong…”
- The Suede accord in Infanta en flor hints at the Peau d’Espagne perfumed leather gloves in vogue at the time, while the rose and orange blossom notes evoke the heavily-scented rouge and pale powdered skin in of the Spanish delegation.
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