In 2010, the Private Collection was born, a selection of emotive and evocative fragrances as a tribute to Clive Christian’s love of family. It is a reflection of life’s most precious moments, stories and snapshots, spun with contemporary scents and bottled as vivid perfumes. This perfume is inspired by craftsmanship of the very highest standard, an art Clive Christian first mastered in furniture design. I Woody Floral is a sophisticated blend of dry Amber and Cedarwood with bright Mandarin balancing the dichotomy between dark and light, evoking rich Mahogany marquetry with delicate Mother of Pearl inlays. The fresh citrus top notes of Bergamot, Mandarin and Grapefruit are combined with spices such as Cardamom, Pink and Black pepper to give a vibrant lift to the fragrance opening. The heart of Lily of the Valley, Orris, Rose and Red Berries offers a beautiful floral bouquet that is built around Jasmine, a truly precious ingredient. One tonne of flowers, which can only be picked and processed at dawn, produces only about 1.5kg of absolute perfume oil. Patchouli, a characteristically musky, earthy ingredient, lends a deep richness to the base. To ensure the best quality oil, the leaves are harvested before they turn brown, then heaped to ferment slightly, before extraction occurs. Along with Patchouli, notes of Cedarwood, Amber, dark Oud and smoky Vetiver are wrapped up in the soft warmth of Vanilla and Musk to round out this Woody-Floral parfum.
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