My olfactory language is largely based on essences extracted from wood. Of these the most rare and solemn is Indian agarwood —also known as oud, its Arabic name. A unique, powerful and almost magical scent with a great tradition in Arab culture. Given my penchant from the culture of Al-Andalus, I decided I should compose my own interpretation of this unique ingredient with a Western Mediterranean twist using also leather and musk.
A vintage fragrance paying homage to oriental perfumes from the beginning of the 20th century, with which I grew up and from which I learned so much at Myrurgia. Interpreted with traditional ambergris and vanilla in contemporary proportions and mixed with other state-of-the-art ingredients.
One of the nicest things we can enjoy in Spain in March, is the flowering of over a million cherry trees on the valle del Jerte, painting a sea of white flowers of sublime scent that will turn into the fruit of desire: cherries. Impossible to resist the temptation to interpret it, impossible to resist the temptation to wrap it in musk.
I have always felt an irresistible attraction for leather.
A leather accord can be intense and severe, but, when it revolves around tanned suede with cedar and vanilla essence, it becomes velvety soft, golden and very elegant. It’s the other side of leather.
My balance. I believe that wood naturally conveys strength, protection, flexibility and prestige. The turn of the century led me to compose a modern olfactory image around these values. I combined accords of dry woods with fine spices to recreate the scent of the new millennium.
To celebrate my fiftieth birthday and make it unforgettable for my guests, I recreated a courtyard of orange trees in blossom and imagined a light perfume with light and passion, inspired by the verses that the Andalusian poet Antonio Machado penned about an orange tree in one of his poems. My guests liked it so much that it ended up being the soul that gave life to my signature project.
I created my first personalised perfume in 1977 for my bride to wear on our wedding day. It was a white powdery floral fragrance based on the iris root. Since then, iris has been one of my obsessions. It is the most unclassifiable, elegant, beautiful, expensive ingredient there is. The root must be dried for three years before its precious essence can be extracted. But it does not last as much as it costs and making it last is almost… impossible!
My revenge. At the beginning of my training, the first classic accord I had to learn and replicate, without much luck, was the legendary floral tuberose with jasmine and orange blossom. I've now been able to regain that satisfying experience and to interpret the myth, reformulate the accord fragrance with my learned language.
The real rose water was the water used in the distillation of rose petals that, after extracting their essential oil, maintained a pleasant floral smell of fresh petals and was used as personal, cosmetic or ambient perfume. L’eau de rose is my homage, in a liquid Mediterranean key, to the unique essence of roses.