From BDK’s Collection Azur, an homage to the Mediterranean Sea and time spent there, particularly in the South of France and Corsica. This collection recounts olfactory memories, imagined and real. The salty scent of sun-kissed skin and the citrusy aromas of the fruit trees are among the sources that inspired the composition of these beautiful fragrances.
Citrus Riviera pays homage to the landscape of the Cap d’Antibes in the South of France. The memory takes place in a white house nestled in the greenery. Citrusy, the perfume foregrounds notes of mandarin and lemon, while base notes of tonka bean and of white musks provide the fragrance with its sensuality.
“Citrus Riviera is inspired by the Mediterranean coast, by its flowers and by its citrus fruits. Woven on the Mistral wind, marine scents blossom in the sloshing of the waves, which infuse them with minerality and salt crystals. A dose of freshness surfaces in a bath of citrus fruits and figs gilded by the sun. Next, we head inland to where tender jasmine, orange blossom and immortelle flowers bloom to the rhythm of the cicadas. In time, these Mediterranean flowers, delicately flavored with eucalyptus, set sail, guided by the movement of the water, to join with patchouli and vetiver. A story of water, citrus fruits and sun.” – Perfumer & Nose, Ralf Schwieger
Top: Essence of Moroccan Neroli, Essence of Italian Mandarin, Essence of Italian Lemon, Fig Accord
Middle: Moroccan Orange Blossom Absolute, Jasmine, Strawberry Neo Jungle Essence, Eucalyptus Essence, Everlasting Flower Absolute
Base: White Musk, Patchouli from Indonesia, Vetiver from Haiti, Tonka Bean Absolute.
HOW IT WEARS
Citrus Riviera begins bright, fresh and juicy, with mouth-watering mandarin, lemon, and fresh fig, enhanced by the sharpness of neroli. As the heart notes begin to appear, the fragrance gets a little sweeter – strawberry and orange blossom add vibrance and colour. The scent is underpinned by green, herbaceous eucalyptus and vetiver, with musks to ground it. Citrus Riviera has great projection and lasting power – it sticks to the skin for 6-8 hours.
Citrus Riviera is put simply, refreshing – both in how it smells, and how it’s a unique interpretation of a citrus perfume. It has a real juiciness to it that reminds us of a cocktail jug filled to the brim with ice and chopped fruit. Its sweetness isn’t overpowering and is countered perfectly by the bright zing of all the citrus. If you were a lover of Mandarina Corsica by L’Artisan, this is like the fresher, more citrusy version. Just beautiful!
ABOUT THE BRAND
BDK Parfums is an independent perfume house founded by David Benedek. Specialising in unique, creative fragrances made up of high-quality raw materials, each scent has its own narrative, its own tale to tell.
One of the youngest designers and house founders in the industry, David was born in 1989 to a Moroccan/Algerian mother and a Romanian father. Fragrance runs in his family – his grandparents opened a perfume boutique in Paris shortly after arriving there from Transylvania in the 60s.
Each BDK fragrance works around a particular raw material, giving it a life and a story of its own. The house is in a perpetual search for flawless raw materials, which is why most concentrates they use are from the Grasse region in France. The creative process is never rushed; new scents are complete when the perfect equilibrium between notes is found, the alchemy perfect.
David wants people to choose their fragrance as they choose a book in a library – by wearing one of BDK’s scents, a person can experience the story of the perfume, and find the link between fragrance and imagination.
BDK Parfums is based in the heart of Paris, Palais-Royal, so the lids of the BDK bottles have been designed to pay homage to the dome of the iconic Grand Palais. The monument holds many French treasures and is perfectly representative of French savoir-faire – of liberté, égalité, and fraternité – perfect for this proudly French house.
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