Zagara by Via dei Mille, Sicily
100ml Eau de Parfum
Olfactive Family – Floral
Perfume Author – Stephano Alderucci
In Sicily, at the south of Siracusa, in spring, millions of orange, lemon and mandarin flowers, locally called Zagara, start to bloom. The scent of Zagara is a rather changing fragrance. At sunrise the smell is almost watery, tenuous, thin, still impregnated with the humidity of the earth. Then, in the morning light, it starts to become fresh, sparkling, brighter. As the sun warms up the petals of the flowers, the aroma releases sweet, just barely honey-like, warm and enveloping notes. In the flowering plains, the perfume is soon everywhere, inebriating to the point of becoming an image, an intimate memory that you would like to carry with you forever. ZAGARA, through an accord that goes from the freshness of citrus to the warmth of deeper materials, such as the tonka bean and patchouli, renders the olfactory evolution of a scent that mutates with the light and the heat of the day: fresh, pungent at the beginning then warmer and warmer, smooth, velvety, finally completely enveloping.
Head Notes – Bergamot, Lemon, Petitgrain
Heart Notes – Neroli, Orange Blossom
Base Notes – Tonka Bean, Patchouli
In the 1950s, in the town of Noto, in Sicily, Salvatore Scorsonelli begins the production of flower essences and especially of zagara, the very delicate and inebriating blossom of the bitter orange tree.In 2011, Stefano, one of Salvatore’s grandsons, retraces the steps of his grandfather to try to understand why that activity, so rich in memories and anecdotes, often remembered during the large family gatherings, was interrupted, and to understand if it was somehow possible to revive it.
“As children we often used to play in the garden of our grandparents. With my brothers we penetrated into that mysterious place that were the ruins of the distillery. The roof was falling down, the alembics, the glass bottles, the reservoirs were covered with dust, but the walls were still saturated with the intense perfume of the essences, a perfume that I have never forgotten.”
And so begins a journey in the world of fragrances, a journey that, from the distillery abandoned of Via dei Mille, will bring Stefano from Noto, from the far end of Sicily, to Grasse, Paris, Florence and then back again to Sicily in search of the best manufacturers, the best Sicilian ingredients, driven by a unique idea: to bring those fragrances back to life.