A bracing cologne of coastal Italian citrus rinds-chinotto, blood orange, cold-pressed lemon and green mandarin with ambrette seed & clean musk.
There are many variations on cologne. The original Italian, French, German, and Hungarian recipes usually call for citrus (lemon, bergamot, etc.), herbs (lavender, rosemary) and neroli (orange blossom distillate). The scent is instantly recognizable.
Most classic colognes are very pleasant. Every day wearing for that out-of-the-shower scent. With varying degrees, they often do not last. Eau de cologne technically refers to the low amount of fragrance oil in the final product. They aren’t traditionally built to last.
Our Italian citrus varies the formula in a few ways to create a fresh citrus scent where the citrus actually last into the dry-down. Overall Italian Citrus is lush and lasting.
Firstly, the citrus pallete is wide. We use five distinct coastal Italian fruits in a certain proportion to create a bright beginning. There is the most Italian of fruits–Bergamot, lightened with the even fresher, yellow amalfi lemon, the oceanic select red mandarin distillate (with its peculiar clam note), sweet red blood orange, and bitter orange chinotto peel.
This is the accord that I want to take all the way down to the base. Instead of the herbs of classic colognes, we use violet ionones to keep the sweet going south. In the base the liquid crystal smell of copaiba balsam, a white resin from South America, blends with incense absolute, and oakmoss. This gives an after thought of citrus. Copaiba for the fresh peppery bergamot, incense for the orange-lemon notes, and oakmoss for the green.
The Italian coast is special for more than its citrus. It is a carefree place, where the scenery humbles all who see it. Endless roads climb and wind above the shimmer of the Mediterranean. Secret spots abound. Food, conversation, relaxation. Old classic cars. White suits. Colorful ties and dresses. Beautiful people. It’s always nice to spray something and remember places where life is bright.
Side note: One time an Italian man who is influential in the beauty industry told me that Cowboy Grass smelled nothing of Cowboys.-D.S.
Alcohol denat., parfum (fragrance), aqua (water), evernia prunastri extract, citral, geraniol, linalool, eugenol
When our fume master David creates our fragrances, he sees them in color. The throw of a particular aroma can be described in the colors it implies in the mind of one with synethesia. Vetyer can smell straw like yellow, patchouli, deep red, and so on. David is very enthusiastic about translating an idea from one discipline to another—so music, words, and ultimately color become aromas to wear on skin and in sanctuary.
Sweet perfumey citrus that is deeper than orange. Wonderful with flowers, ambers, patchouli, woods.
Also called bigrade, this oil is pressed or distilled from the fruit of the same tree that gives us orange blossoms. It is juicy and ahem, bitter and sings in the top of fragrances with a European flair.
Oakmoss, treemoss, and mossy synthetics are bold, green, and dry. Often used in chypre and fern perfumes but great in many other genres. Oakmoss absolute is especially good for armchair journeys to enchanted forests.