|The Virgin of the Dawn, about to enter the streets of Seville|
There is a soft and distant background of strength holding this love song together. Touches of incense cling to mysterious velvet folds of benzoin.
The notes in this perfume have symbolic significance, relating to the opulent Catholic public processions of Holy Week in Andalusia, at the cathedral in Seville, and in particular referencing an intense romantic encounter as related by Denyse Beaulieu in her book The Perfume Lover.
She is fortunate to have a great perfumer skillfully commemorate her personal experience of physical and emotional exaltation. This perfume is a celebration of physicality in refined form.
The mood is one of a controlled chaos of sensuality, ritualized and contained within a classical story, like a skillfully danced flamenco. I see this making a different impression on masculine and feminine wearers.
On both it makes a sophisticated reference to sensuality refined into self disciplined elegance.
The culture that created the enormous cathedral at Seville, built on the ruins of a mosque, retains hints of Middle Eastern sensibility towards spirituality and physicality. The thick walls surrounding the city were built by the Moors and are thronged with the public during Holy Week, who believe that to witness and participate in the processions is beneficial to the soul. Many believe that some of the fantastically adorned holy images being paraded through streets were created in part by supernatural inspirations that directly flowed into the artists.
|A woman of Seville in traditional Mantilla|
It’s amazing that a perfume can contain references to all these elements, the orange flower fragrance warmed and dispersed by the burning pure beeswax tapers, the excitement of the lavender scented crowd, the ceremonial incense, and still be such an deep immersion into the pure sensuality of this olfactory atmosphere.
The final stages of the perfume settle into a soothing and softly rounded buttery white floral with a sharply pointed touch of herbaceous and formal astringent green piercing through.
The perfume will be released in the U.S. on September 1, 2012, 100ML for $165.
A sample of this perfume was given to me by MiN, a niche perfumery on Crosby Street in Soho, New York. I have described my personal experience of this perfume and I was not compensated in any way.
Images top, from Viator, The Macarena Virgin in Seville
middle: L'Artisan Seville al'Aube
Last: Mantilla by Lobillo. If these images belong to you and you wish them to be removed, please contact me. Copyright 2012, Lucy Raubertas, all rights reserved.