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François son Jean Rancé devoted this perfume to François Charles, Napoleon’s only son. It was hoped that the young prince could repeat his majestic father’s feats and – like him – bring the great ideals France’s victories had introduced throughout Europe to triumph.
Today we can admire the sobriety and immediacy of this perfume, the intensity of its fragrance, and its continuous variation in notes. It is like walking in a forest through a gradually changing sequence of plants, flowers and wild herbs, and smelling their different successive scents. It is a very manly perfume which goes straight to the hearts of nature lovers.
Top notes: Basil, Cardamom, Lavender, Bergamot and Calabrian Lemon
Heart notes: Thyme Absolute, Ginger, Geranium, Carnation and Jasmine
Base notes: Virginia Cedar, Florentine Iris, Musk