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Arquiste

Arquiste perfumes are a niche perfume brand created by Carlos Huber and launched in 2012, an architect whose specialty is historic preservation.  He grew up in Mexico City and studied in Spain and New York City.

Huber's interest in perfume developed from early childhood with a love of Agua de Colonia Sanborns.  Perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux mentored him as he learned about fragrance and its structure, delving furhter into his fascination with perfume.

Drawing from his background, each Arquiste fragrance is inspired by a moment in history.  He would often think, as he would do his research on a city or building, "what did it smell like?"  Using that, he researched the period of time meticulously when creating -with Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier - the six scents he launched initially in the Arquiste perfume line.  

Huber on memory and fragrance "A scent is a time capsule; it evokes our most intimate memories and dreams and opens doors to distant worlds,"

  • Arquiste L'Etrog - citrus chypre, based on Medeival Calbria. Families gathering the harvest would bring in Etrog citron
  • Flor y Canto - opulent floral based on Mexico in the 1400s, flowers offered at the Aztec temples
  • Fleur de Louis - woody floral, based on the 1660s in the Basque region in Spain, the meeting of Louis XIV and Infanta Maria Teresa before their marriage (him)
  • Infanta en Flor - floral musky amber, based on the 1660s in the Basque region in Spain, the meeting of Louis XIV and Infanta Maria Teresa before their marriage (her)
  • Anima Dulcis - baroque gourmand, based on Mexico City, 1695, the nuns at the Royal Convent of  Jesus Maria prepare their special cocao with chilies
  • Aleksandr - ambery leather, based on St. Petersburg, Russian in 1837, a winter morning, before the duel

Arquiste perfumes are a unique and interesting niche perfume line with a great story behind all of their fragrances, and more importantly, really great fragrances.