ANTHONY & CLEOPATRA: A LOVE AFFAIR
Radiantly Romantic Eau de Parfum
Anthony and Cleopatra are among the most famous couples in history. Unfortunately their story ended tragically but the legacy of love between Anthony and Cleopatra lives on.
Cleopatra was an Egyptian queen who married Marc Anthony (Latin: Marcus Antonius) after Julius Caesar was assassinated.
Cleopatra was born in Alexandra, Egypt and Marc Anthony was born in Rome, Roman Republic. Both from two different worlds but yet their love for one another is immortal.
The act of making perfume was considered an art form in Ancient Egypt. The craftsperson was both women and men with perfume being mainly for the elite classes typically used by Kings and in this case, a Queen. Who was not only beautiful but showered herself in aromas that cast a spell on Marc Anthony.
Mr. Vaudd exquisitely includes high-grade ingredients that represent the birthplace of Marc Anthony with the absolutes that are sensual, soft and evoke the strengths of Cleopatra’s passion into a pale pink base that radiates the foundation of LOVE.
This soft scent has endurance to fit the quality of leadership from General of the Roman Army to the last pharaoh of Egypt that conquered two worlds (Egypt and Rome) with her persuasive nature and enchantress beauty.
RADIANTLY ROMANTIC is truly fit for the royal woman in your life. It features regal notes of, bergamot, neroli, French tarragon oil, Egyptian jasmine absolute, rose absolute, orange blossom, Indonesian tuberose essence, pink musk, violet, vetiver, patchouli, chypre, green oakmoss extract, benzoin resin and French black truffle oil.
The swirl of floral is abundantly clear when first applied. It has a hypnotic and dreamy effect that describes Queen Cleopatra’s distinctiveness that surrounded Marc Anthony with a charm that lasted for a lifetime.
Daniel Vaudd truly impressed me with his creation of RADIANTLY ROMANTIC EAU DE PARFUM that I had to learn more about him. How he became such a successful perfumer and I find out that Mr. Vaudd was almost close to becoming a Neurologist!
Daniel where were you born?
I spent my formative years on several Caribbean islands – tropical rain forests, exotic flora, jewel-like seas and open skies, all influenced my creative mind; I was born on the Dutch colony island – Saint Eustatius.
What were your favourite subject(s) in school?
I found biology and chemistry the most fascinating of subjects when I was younger. Both proved invaluable to my becoming an aesthetician and perfumer; although I came awfully close to becoming a Neurologist (to follow in the foot-steps of my eldest brother).
When did you decide to make perfumery a career?
Scent has always been a predominant aspect of my life – it is the medium in which I house memories; most people have albums – I have shelves with hundreds of vials of scent. I made perfumery a career when I first found out that a career in perfumery was even possible.
I remember this clearly. I was visiting his perfumery to sample a particular scent by Christophe Laudamiel which I was intrigued by. Roja happened to be in the perfumery at the very same time. He came over and we begun conversing. During the course of the conversation, he introduced a bottle of Caron’s Tabac Blond – which moved me to tears. Perhaps then he understood my affinity with scent, as, soon after, he offered me the opportunity to become his personal researcher for the completion of his book – Essence of Perfume.
What is it about Roja that you most admire?
I have met no one more articulate or eloquent in the communication of perfume; his knowledge of perfumery is exceptional.
RADIANTLY ROMANTIC EAU DE PARFUM is based on inspiration of the great romance between Queen Cleopatra and Mark Anthony. Do you study Ancient Egyptian history, Daniel?
It was required to research the story of Mark and Cleopatra; particularly the latter. The Ptolemaic dynasty was a truly fascinating one. The idea of ‘romance’ as we know it today – was a luxury afforded by few, and even fewer royals. Yet within the social context, Cleopatra afforded both romance and power. Radiantly Romantic captures her strength, passion and acute femininity. By formatting the perfume in a Scented Amphorae pendant and Scented hand fan (available June 2011), I hope to stay true to an ancient civilization which understood the power, strength and seduction of perfume.
Daniel, Radiantly Romantic is truly a unique and beautiful fragrance! How closely is it made to the perfumes made in Ancient Egypt?
Firstly, Thank You.
It may be surprising to know that the ‘method of creating’ and ‘format’ of perfume has not changed much over millennia; early perfumes were almost exclusively oil, wax or resin based (apposed to alcohol). What has changed is the social contexts and connotations of ‘who’ wears perfume and ‘how’. With exception of few ingredients, this scent could, in my opinion, be easily deciphered by an Egyptian alchemist; who were also often priests/priestesses.
I am curious about one fragrant ingredient in Radiantly Romance and that is the French Black Truffle oil. Can you explain a little bit about it?
I believe a true perfume must always offer something unique – something that has never been experienced before. In an industry where new fragrances are copies of other ‘commercially’ successful fragrances, it was important to me to create something beautiful but exceptional.
Black Truffle Oil and Pink Musk do just that. Black Truffle Oil adds a new type of depth to the base without allowing the perfume to feel heavy, masculine or vulgar. Pink Musk is used in copious amount for its light ‘mist-like’ effect; creating a perfume that is seamless and has no perceivable end.
Radiantly Romance has a beautiful light pink tint. Daniel was this added to enhance the "mood of romance?
The colour is derived from one of the ingredients used within the perfume. I was cognizant that it would add to the mood of romance I intend the perfume to create.
Lastly, I cannot wait to see more creations from you, Daniel! Are you currently working on a new fragrance, now?
I am sure there will be new creations; but like paint to a canvas, it takes time to create a work of art.
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