You don’t need to be a history buff to enjoy these messages in bottles. Carlos Huber’s fragrance blends based on bygone eras yield unisex scents that stand the test of time. Let us translate.
Then: In the 1400s Aztec warriors dedicated wreaths of white flowers to altars, hoping to please vengeful gods.
Now: Encircle yourself with Flor y Canto’s Mexican tuberose, magnolia, plumeria, and marigold for your own Saturday night rituals.
Then: Louis XIV first glimpsed his peace-keeping bride, Infanta Maria Teresa, atop a wooden pavilion on a dewy, floral-scented morning in 1660.
Now: Fleur de Louis’s marriage of white cedar wood, jasmine, orange blossom, and Florentine orris perfectly suits dinner reservations (French-Spanish fare or otherwise).
Then: In 1695 the sisters of Mexico City’s Royal Convent of Jesus Maria concocted new flavor combos (courtesy of cocoa and chiles) that put the nunnery on the map.
Now: Pack girls’ night full of sugar and spice with Anima Dulcis’s cocoa absolute, Mexican vanilla, cinnamon, and chile infusion.
Then: Russia, circa 1837, saw many a duel; leather-boot-clad gentlemen headed into the woods to square off at dawn’s first light.
Now: The aroma of Aleksandr’s neroli, violet, fir balsam, and Russian leather comes to life during a peaceful hike or picnic in the great outdoors.
Both factual and fragrant.
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