Parfum d'Empire - Corsica Furiosa
Furioso. The term, used as a direction in music, means “to be played rapidly and with passion”… Because Corsica, where Marc-Antoine Corticchiato has his roots, is never restful. It sends your eyes, your nose, your heart into overdrive. So when you’re close to bursting with sensations and emotions, you take to the maquis.
The perfumer’s new tribute to his homeland was inspired by the moving scent that greets the returning traveler: the green, intense, facetted fragrance of lentiscus, a shrub that grows on the sunny slopes of Corsica, from the highlands to the Mediterranean seaside.
But Corsica Furiosa
is far more than that: the quintessence of everything that makes the “Island of Beauty” unique, fierce and strong. The violent contrasts of its smells, colors, reliefs, passions, secrets…
Since everyone in Corsica has their own recipe for it, a fiery swig of eau-de-vie sets the top notes ablaze. In its combustible wake, it trails the green bite of népita, a local variety of wild mint. Crisp green tomato leaf intensifies the natural vibe.
When lentiscus kicks in, the plot thickens. The headstrong essential oil is the first to take off. Peppery, fruity, aromatic, then earthy with mushroom overtones, it thrusts itself into the heart of Corsica Furiosa. Then the absolute takes over with a smoother shade of green with hay, blond tobacco, honey and straw accents, darkened with a tinge of liquorish. A third type of extraction, obtained through a special technique, adds wafts of resin, spices and leather that draw you deeper into the mountain maquis… until you come to rest on a bed of moss.
The fragrance features mastic or lentisque, lime, grass, hay, honey, moss, labdanum, mint, tomato leaf, pepper and leather....
The French call it immortelle, “the everlasting”, because its bright yellow flowers never wilt. It is also known as helichrysum: “sun-colored” in Greek. Its scent that suffuses the air of the island in summer. The very symbol of the untamed, sunburnt Corsican maquis.
Though its essence has always been a leitmotif in the fragrances of Parfum d’Empire, for years Marc-Antoine Corticchiato had dreamed of turning it into the fiery core of a perfume.
Today, the dream comes alive with a scent that could only have one name: IMMORTELLE CORSE. The fragrance opens with saffron, apricot and lemon, a trio of flame-colored notes that evokes the sunny radiance of the immortelle flower. A velvety and necessary prelude to the star ingredient.
Immortelle reveals itself as the scent moves into its heart. Though it is one of the most potent naturals of the perfumer’s palette, it is in the drydown that it most fully expresses its rich aromas of spices, liqueur, wood and fruit. As a contrast, the salty earthiness of oak moss evokes the ground that yields the plant of immortality…
The quintessence of a land set ablaze by the sun.