East of an-Nāṣiriyyah there grows a plant with an unusual flower. Will you stroll with me? Let’s follow the breeze through the fields where the Iris Nazarena flourishes. Click on the video for the stroll.
Karl Bradl from Aedes de Venustas, spotted this flower on a postcard. It has now become the name of a perfume which captures the unique scent, not of it’s flowers (they are almost scentless) but of it’s roots, the rhizomes of the plant. Karl describes the process of obtaining the scent from Iris Nazarena…
To turn it into an aromatic material, the flower must grow for three years before being uprooted. The rhizome has no scent at this stage: it must be left to dry for another three years before developing its characteristic, powdery-woody-violet note. It is then ground and distilled. It is only after this time and labor-intensive process that the majestic iris is reborn as one of the most precious raw materials in perfumery, one that fetches higher prices than gold. A mysterious resurrection process that reflects the history of the land where the Nazareth Iris grows.
– Karl Bradl
– Aedes de Venustas
Paired with incense to reference the ancient use of burning aromatics as offerings to the divine, this second release from the perfumery Aedes du Ventustas is available in June. Rose, Oud, Clove and Star Anise also swirl around in this composition.
The perfumer, Ralf Schwieger Ralf, envisions
perfumery as an expression of primary emotion.
Atelier’s Orange Sanguine (which Brie is reviewing tomorrow), Eau des Merveilles from Hermès, Frederick Malle’d Lipstick Rose as well as Marc Jacob Men are some of Ralf’s other ‘fumes. Last year he was awarded the Prix des Experts Award by the Fragrance Foundation (France).
The first release from this house featured an Incense and Rhubarb Accord by the ‘man who ate niche’ Bertrand Duchaufour. If you enjoy incense notes then it would be interesting to take this fragrant journey now and into the future as incense is the house accord, or the olfactive thread running through this first range.
Top: Iris, Ambrette, Juniper Berry, Star Anise
Heart: Leather, Oud, Clove, Rose de Mai
Dry Down: Incense, Woods, Musk, Vétiver
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Aedes de Venustas
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New York NY