Evoking the wooden cabins built by farmers during the citrus fruit harvests in Medieval Calabria. L’ETROG opens with sparkly notes of citron, candied lemon and green bergamot, nestled in a woody enveloping background of tree branches, palm fronds and a subtly sweet heart of Mediterranean date fruit. A citrus chypre fragrance for both men and women. With notes of: Calabrese citron, myrtle, date fruit and vetiver.
The story of the Calabrian Etrog citron illustrates the often overlooked part religion plays in transforming the landscape. While citrus is associated with areas of Mediterranean climate, it is practically a newcomer to the Mediterranean itself and was introduced there through what is today the least familiar member of the species – the citron or Citrus medica. This fruit was the first of its genus to be cultivated intensively in the Fertile Crescent of the ancient Near East. It owed its distribution into the Roman Mediterranean to the Greeks, Arabs and the Jews, for whom the citron had become an object essential for the celebration of Sukkot.
During the First Crusade, Southern Italy fell to the Normans, which encouraged Calabrian Jews to engage in the agricultural trades. By the 12th century, the communities were thriving. Since then, the harvest of the Diamante Citron or Etrog has remained a regional tradition.
There are religious interpretations that relate the Etrog to the Garden of Eden. The fragrance is said to be the “Fragrance of Heaven”, and the Etrog itself is associated with righteousness, goodness and desirability.
The brisk character of Myrtle marries with leafy nuances emulating the freshly opened fronds of palm trees. An unexpected mouthwatering accent follows, with Smyrna Date fruit and elegant Cedar wood from Lebanon.
TOP NOTES: Calabrese citron (cedrat), Calabrese bergamot, Sicilian lemon, Myrtle
HEART NOTES: Smyrna date fruit, North African jasmine, Pistachio tree resin (lentisque)
BASE NOTES: Vetiver, Patchouli, Lebanese cedar wood
Perfumers: Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier