When Baron Carlo Magnani set about creating Acqua di Parma’s iconic fragrance Colonia, he carefully created a blend of ingredients that conjured notes ranging from Sicilian citrus and lavender to Bulgarian rose and sandalwood. The finished product was a delicious olfactory symphony which has remained unchanged since 1916.
Over a century has since elapsed, but Acqua di Parma remains true to its history, with this year’s holiday collection celebrating handcrafted artistry and those processes, akin to Magnani’s, in which several precise steps must be taken before the completion of something beautiful. The brand also leads by example, making all of its candles and packaging by hand to this day.
The fragrances in this year’s festive collection have not only been thoughtfully conceptualised but fastidiously executed. Released as limited-edition candles and diffusers are the scents Bosco (woods), Neve Fresca (fresh snow), and Portafortuna (lucky charm).
Evoking crisp air moving through mountain forests, Bosco brings together notes of fir trees, pine needles and fresh eucalyptus. Neve Fresca brings to mind snow sparkling beneath sunlight, as its citrus and cyclamen notes pop against base notes of musk and sandalwood. And Portafortuna heralds good fortune by capturing the magical qualities of dreams. Wood and leather notes prevail over subtle traces of cinnamon and patchouli that induce a sense of mystery.
The advent calendar and intricate coffrets in which the diffusers and candles come embody Italian arte di vivere, which involves, in large part, a deep appreciation for culture and art. All are produced by traditional craftspeople, who have hand-made these and decorated them with symbols of fortune from all around the world, such as the four-leaf clover and the ladybird.