Last year, Italian fashion house Gucci came out with its haute perfumery collection. The Gucci The Alchemist Garden line was created by Master perfumer Alberto Morillas under the creative direction of Alessandro Michele. Inspired by the art of alchemy and fragrance making, the line is formulated to combine and blend in layers to create a unique, personalized combination.
Hortus Sanitatis fragrance adds a splash of earthy intrigue to the Alchemist’s Garden
Hortius Sanitatis, the Latin name for Garden of Health, is named after one of the first natural history encyclopedias published in the 15th century. Gucci has already published a book of the same name with English photographer Derek Ridgers, who shot the Pre-Fall 2017 collection.
Like the previous releases, Hortus Sanitatis is inspired by the endless customization of alchemy – its own scent profile combines two unique, ambery wood notes: papyrus and cedar. Vetiver root and bright ginger round out the botanical scent, and add a dash of sharpness to the otherwise earthy blend. It’s smoky, yet fresh. The scent is equally refreshing, cool and warm, earthy and smooth, just as soft and rough as described by the Gucci house.
However, Gucci encourages you to play with that profile, even if you do fall in love with the new perfume all on its own. Scents from The Alchemist’s Garden are formulated to be worn together, quite literally; this means you can spritz Hortus Sanitatis over a dab of Gucci’s perfumed oils, on your wrist next to another eau de parfum, or beneath Gucci’s acque profumate (or, ‘scented waters’).
Like previous editions, Gucci Hortius Sanitatis comes in collectible packaging with a glass flacon in aqua blue, inspired by vintage apothecary vials. It is available as 100 ml Eau de Parfum at Gucci Boutiques and selected stores worldwide.
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