Our Scented Sun

By Jo Phillips

We worship the sun, we always have and always will. Whether it be as a god that we bow down to asking for rain or a heat we lie in to tan our faces and bodies, from the day man arrived on the earth we have been sun lovers and even now not much has changed with this. As classical and greek mythology and as modern as Coco Chanel’s love of sunbathing. The sun allows for some of the most beautiful ingredients to grow that literally taste or smell the way they do thanks to the power of this golden orb. The bright white and golden light works its magic to protect and provide for us, find out more in Our Scent Sun Here

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Light refracted through a prism brings a rainbow, the very magical emblem we are excited to see. Nature at its best, when light meets rain. But we know that also besides this optical illusion these conditions make the ingredients grow that heal, feed and give us joy.

It is this power that Italian perfumery company Aqua Di Parma celebrates in one of their collections; Signatures of the Sun. All the key notes in these scents in this collection come from sun-filled places where without the bright lights and the rains the tones and facets of scent would never be able to blossom. From Sandalwood via Oud, Osmanthus via Camila and now the velvet petals of the Magnolia come under this precious spotlight.

Interestingly, some fossils have been discovered from the Magnolia flower which proves that they have been around for at least 100 million years, making this elegant piece of nature one of the first flowering plants that had ever evolved on earth and still today have the same composition as Magnolias of old.  

Maybe this longevity is the reason why one of its meanings represents endurance, eternity and long life, and also because they know that once the flowers bloom they will continue to bloom for a long time. 

In addition, magnolia flowers can also be symbols of purity and dignity and they are one of the most frequent flowers to be sent to the parents of a newborn child since both characteristics are associated with a person’s origin and birth. In Victorian times, sending flowers was a discreet way of lovers sending messages to each other. Magnolias symbolized dignity and nobility, whilst in ancient China, magnolias were thought to be the perfect symbols of womanly beauty and gentleness, and it has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries, and are still used in some guises for medical issues around the world

In the American South, white magnolias are commonly seen in bridal bouquets because the flowers are thought to reflect and emphasize the bride’s purity and nobility. and lastly, it is a state flower in Mississippi and is North Korea’s national flower.

White magnolias represent the moon, and they are often associated with the lunar goddesses such as Selene or Artemis. And maybe its connection to our solar system is why it has been chosen as the newest scent for the Aqua Di Parma Signatures of the Sun Collection.

Opening at the top with the sunniest of fruits Bergamot from Calabria, then orange and lemon, shining vibrant effervescent as the bright rays of the sun. This lightness becomes progressively more intense in the soft and enveloping centre where the magnolia meets other floral treats of Sambac Jasmine, Rose and Ylang-Ylang. All of this settles, almost akin to the sun setting at the end of the day so think dusky notes of Patchouli with musk, that wrap the perfume together like a soft silk scarf on a warm night.

As with the rest of the collection, the bottle come with a detachable dispenser for easy recycling. The external packaging, in tones of black, is made of FSC paper, internationally certified for its being produced in a responsible manner.

Magnolia flowers are associated with Yin, the feminine energy of the Yin-Yang emblem, the meeting of male and female, dark and light, so it’s no wonder that this fragrance is a feminine light and elegant perfume.

To find out more about Acqua Di Parma please visit Here and for the Signatures of the Sun Collection please visit Here

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