Possessed by White Flowers. Perfume Review: Antica Farmacista Casablanca
Something strange and rather disturbing is happening to me. It appears that my floral-hating self has been possessed by a demon with deep affection for (white) flowers. I tried to exercise it by spraying myself with the least floral, the darkest and the woodiest of my scents; I burnt the incense and the most resinous candles I could find. I prayed to the Dark Gods- Lutens, Montale and Balahoutis. To no avail. Soon the day will come when I will put on Lys Méditerranée and will not be overwhelmed by the cold headiness of its hellish fumes. And strange signs will appear in the sky and the Four Horsemen will start roaming the earth.
But that day has yet to come. I became a big lover of jasmine, tuberose and lily of valley, but I am still not friendly with gardenia and especially with lily. There are only two lily scents that I can wear without being, at best, uncomfortable or, at worst, physically unwell. The first one is the incomparable Un Lys, and the second one, which I discovered very recently, thanks to a lovely fellow perfumista, is Antica Farmacista Casablanca. The scent of lilies can never be “warm”, their beauty, uniqueness, and, for me, unwearability, lies precisely in that cold, metallic aspect of theirs. Having said that, as far as lily perfumes go, Antica Farmacista’s rendition is probably the warmest and, dare I say it, the cuddliest of them all. The reason for that is the wonderful ylang-ylang note, which adds a warmer dimension to the scent of lilies and brings to the blend creamy, enveloping sweetness (I swear there is also quite a bit of vanilla). The addition of cloves was another brilliant idea on the part of the Antica Farmacista perfumers. It is not a prominent note; it is elusive, now you smell it, now you don’t. It appears in specks of shimmering, jewel-like red on the white velvet of lilies and ylang-ylang. Gorgeous and almost comforting in its sweet softness, Casablanca is one my most favorite new discoveries. I am starting to enjoy being a white-flower-lover. I think I am going to make myself comfortable and wait for the end of the earth right here, in this jardin des fleurs du mal.
Casablanca is available at Beautyhabit, $58.00 for 50ml.
The first photo is from gettyimages.com.