Santa Maria Novella
Maria Candida Gentile's fragrance Lankaran Forest is a finalist in the 2017 Art & Olfaction Awards in the Independent category.
She first became fascinated by perfumes as a child and her first memory is from the clair matin roses in her family's garden. When the roses where blooming she used to collect the petals and create her own rose water. When she became a mother it became clear to her that creating fragrances was her passion and she trained in Grasse. Gentile is the only Italian Maître Parfumeur that has graduated in the last 30 years from the prestigious Grasse Institute of Perfumery. According to Luca Turin: “Maria’s work is rich, warm, versicolored, joyful compositions that make you smile with pleasure.”