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Aria di Capri – As advertised - August 5, 2013 New Fragrance Listing

Photo - Wikimedia Commons - View of Capri from the sea

I could talk about how much I love Aria di Capri from Carthusia I Profumi di Capri all day. So let’s get started.

Carthusia I Profumi di Capri is an Italian niche perfume line based in Capri, Italy. Like many niche perfume houses it has an interesting history and it also has a legend. First, the legend.

According to their website, “Legend recounts that in 1380, the father prior of the Carthusian Monastery of St. James, caught unawares by the news of the arrival of Queen Joan of Anjou on Capri, picked a bouquet of the most beautiful flowers of the island; these remained in the water for three days and, as he went to throw then away, the prior noticed that it had acquired a mysterious fragrance unknown to him. So he turned to the friar versed in alchemy, who traced the origin of the scent to the “Garorfilium Silvestre Caprese”. That water was the first perfume of Capri.” Well, it’s all gotta start somewhere I guess.

Now, for the history. Fast forward to 1948 when the prior of the Monastery discovers the centuries old perfume formulas and then gets permission to go into perfume production.

As the website says, “All Carthusia Fragrance have a hidden yet indivisible bond with Capri. The feelings and moods inherent in Catrhusia products are the result of zealous and professional research into components derived exclusively from Capri’s environment.” In fact, the perfume is made on the island at Viale Matteotti, 2nd floor, good to know if you plan on visiting Capri.

Ah, yes, Capri, that island in the Tyrrhenian Sea on the south side of the Gulf of Naples. Really just a large, limestone and sandstone rock with lush vegetation surrounded by deep blue sea. Capri is as popular a resort destination today as it was with in Roman times when Augustus built this own private paradise there while his successor Tiberius moved there in 27 AD, running the Roman Empire from his villas. I’ve never been to Capri but I do own a few pairs of Capri pants…oh, and a bottle of Aria di Capri.

‘Aria di Capri’ means ‘air of Capri’ and what air it is. It opens with a nose-tickling sparkle from aldehydes followed by fresh citrusy bergamot and petitgrain but soon mellows to a delicate lemony glow. As it evolves a gentle powderiness – soft, not soapy – comes forward before and opens up to a tender floral heart. There’s honey-tinged mimosa, indolic jasmine, rich rose and just enough geranium so that it smells fresh rather than clean. And then, just then, there appears the most hauntingly beautiful peach accord. This is not a dried peach, runny ripe peach or a jammy peach. This is the fragrance of a peach still on the bough, warmed by the sun. The base of cedarwood, musk and herbaceous laurel anchors it perfectly.

The drydown is surprisingly light and delicate for a parfum concentration, yet it has a presence that lasts for hours and makes me smile each time I catch a whiff of it.

Aria di Capri is the essence of the ‘air of Capri’ – lemons, oranges, peaches, lush floral gardens, woods and herbs carried on a gentle salty sea breeze.

Gee, maybe I have visited Capri….

Aria di Capri is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $5.00. for 1 ml.