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reinterpreted Scent of History
Perfumed Candle 190g (~50 hours). Vegetable wax based. Cotton wick.Découvrir le Secret d'Histoire associé à ce produit
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At the end of the seventeenth century, the Ottoman Empire excited a real fascination. Orientalist tastes spread and Turkish fashions became established in the French court and in society more broadly. Translations of literary works such as the ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ thus proliferated; turbaned characters began to appear in paintings, in the theatre, in domestic decorations.
Commerce with the East developed with the creation of the French East India Company, established in 1664 by Colbert (controller general of Louis XIV’s finances), to stymie the commercial power of the English and the Dutch.
Vessels set off from the port of Lorient stocked with wines, spirits and precious product of French manufacture. They arrived back eighteen to twenty-two months later, heavily stocked with wood for tinting, porcelain, coffee sacks, cases of tea, cotton fabrics, floral indiennes, silks, spices, medicinal plants and perfumes.
The French East India Company thus contributed to the development of specific markets, such as the perfume market, which began to receive rare essences such as musk, amber, saffron, benzoin resin, patchouli, myrrh, vetiver, sandalwood and agarwood, directly from France, without having to pay the excess charges resulting from purchasing them from Dutch merchants.
Seduced by the oneiric universe displayed with skill and jubilation by Soliman Aga, Parisian society became drunk on the new scents of his distant world.
Among these scents, the heart and flasks of French perfumery were conquered by agarwood essence, considered from the ninth century in the East as one of the most precious essences in perfumery.
Its power to seduce lay in its singular difference to the perfumes used in the court of Louis XIV. But above all, it fascinated with its mythic origins and mystical character.
Known in Arabic as « ud » (wood), it has a 3000 year history in the Middle East, China and Japan and is today the world’s most expensive incense.
Complex and pleasing, the odor of agarwood is incredibly refined and sophisticated, yet raw and sensual, and has been surrounded with mysticism throughout History. In the Song of Songs, the Aquilaria tree is one of the trees that grew in the Garden of Eden.
In the New Testament, it is one of the fragrances Nicodemus brought to embalm the body of the Christ. In the Quran, the prophet Muhammad placed the fragrant smoke at the center of paradise. In Japan,it is purchased at a premium price and used for the Buddhist Kôdô ceremony.
Thus, many religions have adopted it as an aromatic sign of divine manifestation, symbolizing the power to purify the body and mind.
Head notes : Rose, orange, bergamot, davana
Heart notes: Saffron, peony, rose, geranium, clove, oud
Base notes : Vanilla, benzoin, vetiver, castoreum, amber, patchouli, sandalwood, myrrh, oak moss
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