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The his­tory of fra­grances is beau­ti­fully dis­tilled by Crab­tree & Eve­lyn via its lim­ited-edi­tion Her­itage Col­lec­tion. By SC Chua.

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From the East came the jas­mine, one of the old­est blos­soms loved for its ex­otic fra­grance, while the West had the Ital­ian freesia, which tells the tale of the mag­nif­i­cent flo­ral havens of a by­gone Re­nais­sance. In an­cient Seville, Ara­bian traders planted bit­ter orange trees in per­fumed gar­dens, which pro­vided a sig­na­ture cit­rus scent that lingers through­out the city even till to­day.

Tales of th­ese her­itage in­gre­di­ents trace back to cen­turies of ex­otic trav­els, cross­ing bor­ders and cul­tures where they proved to be in­valu­able, es­pe­cially to an­cient per­fumers in search of in­tox­i­cat­ing scents that would last for­ever. Per­fumers sailed the world on aro­matic adventures, dis­cov­er­ing in­gre­di­ents such as the Si­cil­ian le­mon, Ital­ian berg­amot, and Span­ish neroli, all of which were brought back to their home­lands to be used in won­drous con­coc­tions that would ul­ti­mately make last­ing im­pres­sions.

For Crab­tree & Eve­lyn, th­ese in­spir­ing jour­neys were care­fully doc­u­mented af­ter years of thor­ough re­search and ex­plor­ing the

FLO­RAL FAME

VENE­TIAN VI­O­LET A sym­bol of pu­rity and mod­esty, vi­o­lets have dec­o­rated the canal bridges of Venice since an­cient times. The tiny flower pos­sesses a sweet, pow­dery scent, its leaves a crisp fresh­ness, per­fect for the so­phis­ti­cate who ap­pre­ci­ates more del­i­cate fra­grances. ol­fac­tory world. The re­sult is The Her­itage Col­lec­tion, lim­ited-edi­tion scents that cel­e­brate this time-hon­oured ex­plo­ration of na­ture and also the brand’s 40 years of ex­per­tise in pro­duc­ing qual­ity fra­grances.

Why the sud­den de­sire to go back in time for new in­spi­ra­tion? It all goes back to Crab­tree & Eve­lyn founder Cyrus Har­vey’s as­pi­ra­tions: “To ex­plore ev­ery­thing and keep the best.” Each con­coc­tion is based on dif­fer­ent travel mem­oirs of the brand’s pre­ced­ing per­fumers, par­celled in vin­tage bot­tles and mod­ern ren­di­tions that are still rel­e­vant to­day. It only goes to show how th­ese in­gre­di­ents were des­tined to re­main pre­cious and time­less.

Bl Blended d d to f fragrant per­fec­tion, f each h one, with its own emo­tive flour­ish, will im­me­di­ately trans­port you to another world; one in which your senses are softly in­dulged and your spirit com­pletely re­newed. FLOREN­TINE FREESIA Com­monly found in Italy, the freesia is es­pe­cially preva­lent through­out the lush botan­i­cal gar­dens of Florence. Its pep­pery zing is truly cap­ti­vat­ing and equally pleas­ant in a flo­ral mix. Re­fresh­ingly woody, it also teases with a sub­tle cit­rusy note. JAS­MINE Through the Silk Road, the jas­mine made its way to France, Spain, and then Italy where it quickly be­came a firm favourite. One of the most ex­pen­sive oils used in per­fumery, its de­mand re­mains strong and it takes 8,000 hand­picked blos­soms to make just 1ml of jas­mine ab­so­lute.

Crab­tree & Eve­lyn Old World Jas­mine Flower Wa­ter, RM205 (100ml)

Crab­tree & Eve­lyn Vene­tian Vi­o­let Flower Wa­ter, RM205 (100ml)

Crab­tree & Eve­lyn Floren­tine Freesia Flower Wa­ter, RM205 (100ml)

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