Maria Candida Gentile Lankaran Forest

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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.”

Gentile created Lankaran Forest during her journey into Lankaran Park near the border between Azerbaijan and Iran. Inside the Park there is a tree called the Iron Tree which has the unique ability to cure itself when sick by embracing another tree. Gentile merged the scent of the Iron Tree with musks, flowers, black tea and citrus flowers cultivated along the Park.
Lankaran Forest features notes of bitter orange, Lankaran black tea, lichen accord, sandalwood, leaves and sacred wood accords. It was originally created as a bespoke fragrance for the 2nd Buta Festival of Azerbaijani Arts held in London in 2015. For that event, set designer Francisco Rodriguez-Weil created a scene inside the Royal Academy of Arts recalling forests near the Azerbaijan city of Lankaran. At the festival, the scent was diffused in the set designed forest.
From the award submission as a finalist in the Independent category, Maria Candida Gentile's Lankaran Forest was created during her journey in the Lankaran Park, near the border between Azerbaijan and Iran, a magical and mystical place, which they say fascinated Alexander the Great so deeply that he declared it protected for ever. In Lankaran Forest Maria Candida merged the flavor of the Iron Trees - the huge trees which have the unique capacity to cure themselves when sick, by embracing one another – together with the incredible variety of underwood musks and flowers, and with black tea and citrus flowers, cultivated along the Park.
Lankaran Forest is an eau de parfum, edp.