Carthusia Numero Uno – A Harmony of Woody Notes

Carthusia Numero Uno_50ml

Fragrance Review

I was always fascinated by fragrances. This company might be the definition of ancient tradition and the idea of purchasing an essence that was handmade by monks is something that seemed irresistible for me. represents the encounter of history and romance, the result being a couple of unique fragrances that evoke the serenity of the .

According to the legends, the first perfume of Capri was born in 1380. The Father Prior of the Carthusian Monastery was taken by surprise by the visit of Queen Giovanna d’Angiò to Capri therefore he decided to prepare a flower arrangement with the most beautiful flowers of the island, to be placed in the Queen’s chamber. The water of the flowers was not changed for 3 days and when the time has come to be discarded, the Father Prior noticed the pleasant smell developed by water. Working with the father alchemist, they identified the source of the fragrance in the shape of “ sivestre caprese” and hence the first fragrance of Capri was born. Later on, in 1948, the Monastery’s prior discovered the original recipes, and after asking for the Pope’s agreement, he showed these to a chemist, who created the smallest laboratory in the world, named “Carthusia”.

Launched in 2007 as a fragrance, (Italian for Number One) is aimed at a dynamic person, the type of man. The process of ingredients’ selection is strictly obeyed, the result being a memorable scent. The beginning is constructed from floral accords of lavender and rosemary, combined with orange and eucalyptus. The mid development encompasses another series of floral notes, this time from Ylang-ylang and violet, mixed with the spicy caraway and patchouli. Slowly, these accords fade away and are replaced by myrhh, vetiver, and . In this stage, myrhh is responsible for the “ like” sensation that lingers in the dry down, similar to the lavender that greets you the first time you come in contact with Numero Uno.

The bottle, similar for every scent from Carthusia (with minor alterations), is shaped from rectangular cuts and together with the big stopper represents a thing of beauty. And this shape is precisely one more reason for the fact that Carthusia is my favorite perfume house, with 2 fragrances Numero Uno and Carthusia Uomo that are essential for me (I should have them at all times!).

Carthusia Numero Uno Perfume Details

  • Numero Uno is available as 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum Spray; the lasting power is average (6 to 10 hours) and the sillage is excellent.
  • Olfactory Group: Woody Aromatic
  • For: Men
  • Year Introduced: 2007
  • Recommended Wear: Day
  • Dress Code: Casual

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