Named after Ligea, one of the three sirens who tried in vain to bewitch and seduce Ulysses, this fragrance is sensual, warm and intoxicating with a gentle powderyness. The passionate depth of the warm Oppopanox with the fresh and tender juiciness of Mandarin ensures Ligea Le Sirena is as powerful, seductive and (almost) as irresistible as the mythical sirens of the sea. The robust and spicy blend of notes in Ligea contrast perfectly the soft and powdery tones to create a classic, otherworldly fragrance to hypnotise all that come across its path.
Top: Incense, Tangerine, Lemon, Orange, Bergamot, Lavender
Middle: Patchouli, Carnation Cloves, Geranium, Citronella, Oppopanox
Base: Musk, Tobacco Flowers, Amber, Benzoin
Laura Bosetti Tonatto
HOW IT WEARS
Ligea la Sirena is an Eau de Parfum that should give the wearer anywhere from 6 – 8 hours longevity on the skin. The combined opening of citrus and florals (most prominently carnation and tobacco flower) are the more obvious notes here, giving this essentially woody aromatic a floral creaminess as it dries down and settles into a warm, resinous bed of soft spice, patchouli, incense & amber. A much softer powdery end to its rich, floral opening.
Inspired by the name of a mermaid siren who attempted to lure Ulysses to his ultimate demise, we can’t help but adore the way Ligea embodies this theme, almost threatening anyone intoxicated by it’s allure to follow the trail it leaves against their wisdom to know better. A dreamy, sensual, romantic, epic of a floral. Mythic.
ABOUT THE BRAND
In 1380 on the island of Capri, the monks of Carthusian Monastery of St. Giacomo were taken by surprise when they learnt that Queen Joan of Anjou would be visiting them. Legend has it the father prior went around the island, gathering the most beautiful flowers he could find to present to the queen. The flowers were kept in water for 3 days, and just as the monks went to throw them away, they noticed a beautiful fragrance coming from the water. They went to their alchemist, who figured out how to recreate and preserve the scent, thus creating the first perfume of Capri.
Hundreds of years later, in 1948, the monks’ perfume formulas were rediscovered by the Priory of Certosa. With permission from the Pope, a chemist went about reproducing the formulas in a small laboratory, named Carthusia.
In the late 40s painter Mario Laboccetta created Carthusia’s logo – a flower siren surrounded by native Capresi blooms, symbolising the brand’s indissoluble bond with Capri.
Today, Carthusia’s fragrances are still all handmade, observing centuries old practises, ensuring the highest level of quality in their fragrances. The spirit and history of Capri is embedded in every Carthusia product, and all ingredients are derived from Capri’s environment, paying homage to the beautiful island.
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