Acqua di Parma Ingredient Collection – Ebano and Mirra
By Belinda Morris
In my house it’s always a cause for celebration when Italian fragrance house Acqua di Parma launches a new Eau de Cologne ‘Concentrée’ – and, hurrah, here come two!
The latest addition to the ‘Ingredient Collection’, with fragrances inspired by the sensory experiences of global travels (Oud, Leather, Ambra, Quercia…) are Ebano and Mirra – both flacons luxuriously snuggled in coffee-coloured silk within chocolate brown boxes.
Ebano is inspired by the centuries-old tradition of cabinet-making in Milan, Italy. Hidden corners of the city reveal the workshops where masters of the craft still work with precious, exotic and perfumed ebony, inlaying it with other woods like mahogany, walnut and rosewood. The Ebano cologne is somehow fresh and sumptuous at the same time. The opening notes are typical Acqua di Parma – citrusy with bergamot and petitgrain. But as it settles on the skin it becomes spicier, with black pepper and ebony accord. As the day progresses, the scent dries to soft, warml masculinity – honey, aromatic vetiver and patchouli.
While Mirra also opens with a burst of citrus (sweetened with orange blossom), it’s quite a different fragrance. Inspired by Muscat, the ancient capital of the Oman, and in particular the scent of incense and myrrh emanating from its streets. (Since the third century BC Muscat has been the land of spices, the origin of rare essences and fragrances that made their way across kingdoms, to arrive eventually in Rome where they were highly prized. Myrrh was often exchanged for its weight in gold.) The warmth and balsamic quality of myrrh in Mirra is merged with nutmeg and as the scent dries the effect is sexy, heady, very slightly sweet – as appealing to women as men.