A Bouquet of Capri
| ICONIC FRAGRANCE |C.M
An intangible cloud, a bouquet that emits the essence of the Mediterranean, an olfactory chiaroscuro from the island of Capri. Essences of bergamot, lemon, and yellow mandarin are protagonists in this fresh and persistent aroma. The senses are alert, the fragrance evolves and spreads.
Legend has it that in 1380 the prior at Certosa di San Giacomo (a Carthusian monastery) gathered the most beautiful flowers on the island upon hearing about Queen Joanna d’Angiò’s upcoming visit. When it was time to throw the flowers out, the prior noticed that the water they had been in had acquired such a mysterious fragrance that he turned to a religious scholar in alchemy who identified the origin of that fragrance as “garofilum silvestre caprese.”
That water was Capri’s first perfume. History instead tells us that in 1948 a prior at the monastery found old formulas for the perfume and showed them to a chemist from Piedmont who then created the smallest laboratory in the world naming it “Carthusia” (that is, certosa).
That same year, painter Mario Laboccetta put together key elements of Capri’s classic heritage into an Art Nouveau image of a floral mermaid which immediately became the emblem for the Carthusia company. This passion for an artisan’s know-how has remained unchanged. Through each of its fragrances, including personal and home lines, Carthusia tells us a unique story with creativity and precision, recreating particular and expressive atmospheres. This olfactory journey reminds us of the island’s aromas, synonymous with an incomparable lifestyle, creating an unbreakable bond with each Carthusia fragrance.
Constant research has been perfected over time, refining and structuring every phase of production while respecting and keeping natural methods that are present in different processing stages. Even today every phase is performed by hand. A multitude of colored flowers make up Carthusia perfumes and are released into the heavens: notes of citrus such as bergamot, lemon, orange, orange blossom, petitgrain…and mainly Mediterranean flowers including mimosa, jasmine, geranium, Mediterranean broom, freesia, lily of the valley are often combined with notes of greenery and aromatic plants such as marjoram, thyme, laurel, musk, woods and resins create the sillage.