The legend of a perfume

Spring is the best time to talk about flowers and their essential oils. From ancient times, the flowers were used to decorate gardens and homes. Some physicians found the flowers beneficial properties, some used them in rituals and some people discovered their essential oils and perfume. But like the most of the great discoveries there were made by accident. This is also the story of a famous natural perfume, which is today the symbol of Capri Island. This perfume is fascinating and unique because after all the years they kept the original recipes and all the fragrances are made only with ingredients find on the Island.

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The legend tells that in 1380, upon receiving an unexpected visit from Queen Joanna I of Anjou, the father prior of the Carthusian Monastery of St. Giacomo hastily created a bouquet of the most beautiful flowers on the island. After three days, he noticed that their water had acquired a fragrance unknown to him, so he went for the answer to the father alchemist, who trace the origin of this scent back to the wild carnation of Capri, the Garofilium Silvestre Caprese. This water became known as the first perfume of Capri.

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History confirms that in 1948 the prior of the Monastery discovered the ancient perfume formulas and, with permission of the Pope, revealed them to a chemist from Torino, who then set up one of the smallest professional laboratories in the world, which came to be known as `​Carthusia`.

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Via Camerelle – This scent shares its name with the most prestigious street of the Island. The freshness of the lemon and orange, mixed with the fragrant notes of sea moss and cedarwood create a flavour amazingly akin to the natural yearning for the sea flowers and genuine living.

The tradition is now continued and the traditional production method used by the Carthusian monks are still in practice today. Only the highest quality products are used, and after the fragrance is filtered and distilled to perfection, it is bottled and delicately wrapped by hand. In the men`s products, the essence contain rosemary hand-picked on Monte Solaro, while the Capri wild carnation finds place in the women`s fragrances.


Today Carthusia has put into practice its centuries-old knowledge in order to develop a culture of perfume unique in the world. Over the years, it has refined its mastery about the olfactory sense, refining and structuring its comprehension of essences, in order to grant to those who choose its fragrances the purest and most intense emotions. Nowadays, as in the past, all stages of production are carried out by hands to guarantee the accurate application of the natural methods involved and the precious care of traditional craftsmanship.

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All Carthusia fragrances have a hidden yet indivisible bond with Capri. The feelings and emotions of Carthusia products are the result of dedicated and professional research into components derived exclusively from Capri’s environment. These ingredients meet, mix and match in the Carthusia laboratories, producing unique harmonies of scents that create perfumes as great as the island from which they come.

Fiori di Capri – The refined floral notes deriving from the lily of the valley and wild carnation blend together with the enigmatic allure of sandalwood, ylang-ylang and oak.

The symbol of the company, a beautiful work in liberty style, was created in 1948 by the painter Mario Laboccetta. It portrays a „flower siren” that brings to mind the surreal and mythological landscapes of Capri’s heritage. She appears to be in the midst of an evolution, blooming with a myriad of colorful flowers, from which Carthusia perfumes descend, achieving a logo which recalls both art and nature in all their forms.


Watermark in Full Color


Raja Ampatt – A pristine paradise

[RO] Raja Ampatt este un colt de rai aflat pe un taram indonezian izolat. Raja Ampatt sau „triunghiul de corali” este un arhipelag reprezentat de numeroase insule impadurite, bogate in biodiversitate marina. Se spune despre aceasta zona ca este printre ultimele locuri salbatice din lume, iar diversitatea speciilor marine care traiesc in arhipelag o depaseste numeric pe cea a pasarilor din padurea amazoniana. Insulele Raja Ampatt sunt in numar de 1500, aflate langa Sorong. Insulele sunt mici si inconjoara 4 insule mari principale si anume: Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati si Misool. De asemenea, denumirea arhipelagului Raja Ampatt inseamna „Cei patru regi”, denumire provenita dintr-o legenda veghe, locala.
[EN] Raja Ampatt is a piece of heaven on an isolated Indonesian land. Raja Ampatt or The Coral Triangle is an archipelago represented by numerous islands, rich in marine biodiversity. This area is among the last wild places in the world and the diversity of marine species is bigger then the number of bird species from Amazon forest. The archipelago is a complex of 1500 small islands which surrounds 4 main islands (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool). Also, the name Raja Ampatt means `The four kings`.


[RO] Insulele sunt foarte putin populate, iar localnicii din zona incearca sa limiteze cat de mult posibil accesul turistilor pentru conservarea biodiversitatii. In ultimii ani au venit vesti bune din acest punct de vedere, deoarece din 2005 statiunea Misool Eco Resort face eforturi deosebite pentru a proteja si conserva natura. Pana in prezent au reusit sa protejeze cu succes 120.000 ha de habitat marin si au oprit definitiv pescuitul ilegal. Astfel, biologii care se ocupa de ecologia arhipelagului au inregistrat o crestere de 250% a populatiei de pesti din lagunele cu corali.
[EN] The islands aren`t very populated and local people try to limit the tourist access in this area for a better biodiversity conservation. In the last few years, very good news arrived from Raja Ampatt. Since 2005, Misool Eco Resort has managed to protect 120.000 ha of marine habitat. Also, they managed to stop illegal fishing. So, the biologists have recorded a 250% increase in fish population from the lagoons.


Reefscape, Raja Ampat
[RO] Cele mai frumoase lanturi de insule din Asia de Sud-Est va invita sa le descoperiti magia. Fiind o zona salbatica, turismul nu este foarte bine dezvoltat, dar pentru doritorii de aventura poate fi o alegere ideala pentru o vacanta de neuitat. Scufundarile in ocean reprezinta atractia principala a zonei, aici pot fi observate sute de specii de corali si pesti viu colorati. De asemenea, plimbarea cu barca prin lagunele turcoaz sau explorarea padurilor in cautarea pesterilor ascunse, poate fi o optiune in alegerea unei experiente unice in viata.
[EN] The most beautiful islands from South-East Asia, invites you to discover their magic. For adventurers could be a perfect destination. Scuba diving and snorkeling are the main atractions of the Raja Ampatt islands, but you can go on a boat ride or hiking too. So, the ultimate pristine paradise awaits you.


Source: National Geographic

Adela Teban