Smell Festival Estate and to spend some time talking to Maria Candida Gentile about her creative world. Travelling is an intense dimension to her where smells get impressed in mind like a travel diary: "I came to Puglia by car, loaded by the smell of hay, of the garrigue. It's already like imagining a perfume".
Then I also had the chance to smell again some of her creations among which Luberon, a beautiful lavender she imagined while travelling in South France. Lavender is rarely my cup of tea, but I have some pretty noteworthy exceptions. What I smell here is bewitching and instantly took my memory back to Practical Magic, the popular novel by Alice Hoffman, and to the review I wrote four years ago for The Perfume Magazine. Moreover now it's lavender harvest time so let me repost an excerpt here.
Lady Day, a lush gardenia inspired by Billie Holliday, Burlesque, a playful iris as sexy as a feathers fan and Gentile (Maria Candida's surname but also the Italian word for gentle) based on a citrus-osmantus-vetiver combo. What surprisingly won me over about Luberon is lavender, smelling round and relaxing as I’ve never smelled it since Caron Pour un Homme. Forget about spike lavender sachets or barbershop aftershaves as here it is presented in a contemporary, uplifting way.
|Maria Candida Gentile at Smell Festival Estate|
|The empire of light - René Magritte (1953)|
Luberon on skin feels like a glove, lingering with its powdery softness for hours. Inhale and you'll understand the power of this spell.