Aedes de Venustas
Does the Iris Nazarena have a scent? Perhaps not: most irises don’t. Besides, it is not the flower that yields its fragrance but the root, or rhizome. 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 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…
The suede-soft petals of the mystical muse are sketched in a subtle sfumato of brown, purple and white, brushed with powdery iridescence. The limpid ambrette, with its pear, rose and musk facets, sheds the tender light of dawn on the top notes. Rose adds a touch of floral sensuality, while the aromatic, resinous juniper berry introduces the incense theme.
The cool, vivid green of star anise conjures the stylized stems and leaves of the flower. Patchouli and vetiver allude to its roots, driven into dark earth and rock. The sacred smoke rising from the altars weaves its mineral, leather-scented tendrils throughout the development with incense, clove and oud…
This elegant sfumato effect is echoed by the grey velvet box and the smoky glass of the vintage-inspired bottle, crowned with AEDES DE VENUSTAS‘s signature baroque gold zamak cap.