Tender – Primal – Beguiling
V.8 is a hymn to abundance. It is a love song to our land. With its deep minerality, discordant florality, hint of fruit, grounded by woods and roots, v.8 draws you in instinctively.
The hero of v.8 is the Fire Tree accord, which sits right in the heart of the fragrance. Designed to capture the essence and spirit of the distinctive and beautiful Firewheel Tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus), which is known for its unusual and striking red and vibrant yellow flowers. It infuses the fragrance with a unique and captivating floral facet, with hints of red fruitiness and brightness to represent the vivid and fiery blooms of the tree.
Top: Bitter Orange, Pink Peppercorns Orpur, Incense Somalia Orpur
Heart: Fire Tree Australia
Base: Sandalwood Album Orpur & Spicatum Australia, Akigalawood®,Benzoin Resinoid Laos Orpur
Jacques Huclier, Amélie Jacquin
HOW IT WEARS
v.8 opens with a bright burst of bitter (but also slightly sweet) orange and sparkles of pink pepper. The top notes quickly fade to reveal sharp incense and the heart note of Fire Tree – earthy, dirty, but also almost fruity. The dry down of the scent is all about wood – sandalwood, akigalawood and benzoin resin create a woody medley that is simply irresistible, while also helping the scent to last on the skin for 6-8 hours.
This fragrance is truly unique… it has the distinct feel of the Australian bushland and the contrasts that exist there – it’s green and earthy yet has a kind of dryness to it, bright yet mellow and calming, refined yet organic. Because of its exceptionality, v.8 has a kind of otherworldly feel to it – we imagine scenes of bush nymphs and mythical native creatures having a secret party, feasting on bush tucker, hiding under fallen trees under canopies of bark, wearing outfits made of vividly coloured native flowers.
ABOUT THE BRAND
Born in Australia, made in France, Map of the Heart was conceived by partners Sarah Blair and Jeffrey Darling. Sarah a film producer and Jeffrey a film director, the brand was formed using film methodology, with a focus on the potent imagery fragrance can elicit. After calling in a team of experts to formulate the scents, the seven-part line came to life.
Each Map of the Heart fragrance comes straight from the heart, taking the wearer on a journey of emotion, memory, and sensation. From pure joy, to lightness, love or aching darkness and desire – our heart is our essence. By mapping it with scent and colour, we can explore what it is that makes our heart beat.
Created by renowned designer Pierre Dinand, the anatomical heart bottles aim to convey the notion that everything that comes from the heart is true and unique. This is the real heart, not a pretty, romanticised heart.
From the heart of freedom, to the heart of darkness, to the heart of love, Map of the Heart takes us on an olfactory journey unlike any other.
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