Arquiste


Fleur
de
Louis


$175.00

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(55ml/1.85oz Eau de Parfum natural spray)

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.

Head notes: Neroli, Galbanum, French Cypress and Bergamote

Heart notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine Absolute, Clove buds and Rose water

Base notes: Florentine Orris, Vetyvert, White Cedar wood and Oiselet de Chypre accord (resinous amber accord based on Labdanum)

The idea of recreating the olfactive experience of a long-lost moment first came to while reading the story of the first gaze between Louis XIV and the Infanta Maria Teresa of Spain. While living in Bilbao, I visited the Isle of Pheasants, site of the royal meeting. Nothing remains of the original wood pavilion meticulously described in the pamphlets of the time. I was fascinated by the idea of the French and Spanish courts coming together to observe and scrutinize each other. When visiting the site and researching the story in Paris, I found so much information on the actual site, the fashion and the scents used , that I kept thinking….”What did it smell like? Imagine all the stiff, heavy clothing of the Spanish ladies under the summer sun… And what of the heady perfumes of the French court? Did the Spanish find them too rich? If so, was the hall divided also in olfactive terms? With every piece of the puzzle in place, I felt the experience, if not the original architecture, could be restored.” - Carlos Huber

 

Developed in conjunction with Rodrigo Flores-Roux

 


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