Based in a small family run workshop in Atri a coastal village in central Italy Angela Ciampagna’s perfumes are researched and created using a selection of traditional artisanal practises. The workshop’s location and the close contact with the down to earth, everyday routines of the villagers is at the very heart of the house’s collection. The slow pace of life, along with the delicate and defining scents of the local environment and the ravages the elements have upon them, provide a vital mineral contrast which proves to be typical of all the perfumes in the Hatria collection.
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Hatria is the ancient name of the town where the Angel Ciampagna workshop is located and it proves to bea very important place in terms of it’s influence on the fragrances. Converging on a trilogy of rose, caramel and oud, Hatria manages to smell as if it has a brisk wind running right through the middle of it. There’s a real daytime kind of brightness to the scent that seems to trim and lift the heavier elements of balsam, patchouli and guaiac wood.
Kanat is the medieval name of the underground tunnels that run under the entire area of the Italian village where Angela Ciampagna is based. These now dormant Kanat were waterpipelines
built by Romans and throughout the centuries, the tunnels became known as mystical warrens, orgiastic meeting places and safe havens.
Built around notes of blackcurrant, saffron and salt, Kanat has a distinctly mineral smell that’s perfectly plumped up and twisted with peach, apricot and magnolia elements like fruit that’s been dunked into Adriatic seawater and then left to dry in the hot heat of the sun.
Named after the Latin name for a church rose window, Rosarium is dedicated the the rose window of the Cathedral of Atri, where Angela Ciampagna’s workshop is based. Defined by the classical styles of it’s time (it was built in 1260 BC) the rose window is the signature symbol of the house, epitomising what is important to the brand in terms of style and geography. The Rosarium name could be a red herring considering it does not list rose as one of it’s ingredients. Using vanilla and incense in the base of the fragrance certainly aligns Rosarium with a traditional church setting
but its the iris rhizome in the heart and the honeyed tobacco flowers in the opening that will out leaving a sweetened rose impression.
Named after the Latin word for potion, Liquo’s scent profile hinges on the use of the licorice root, a plant which is abundant in the Italian village of Atri where Angela Ciampagna’s workshop is based. The fragrance is defined by the juice’s wonderfully vivid green colour and the recognisable licorice tang’s interplay with the dry and brittle note of hay that conjures up visions of wheat swaying slightly in the summer breeze.
The area surrounding the Italian village of Atri is famous for the dense layer of fog that descends at dusk and Aer takes its inspiration directly from that natural phenomenon, translating the way that the fog dampens and envelopes the fields of grass and the village’s ancient masonry. Aer’s elements of freshly cut grass and smoke converge into something that is a lot brighter and more
uplifting than it sounds though. Grapefruits, lemons, mint and lavender jump out from the bottle first, and then the heart of juniper berry, jasmin and magnolia really opens up with the cashmere wood and patchouli sitting quietly at the structure’s base.
Nox (meaning night) was designed to encapsulate the scent of the Italian coastal village of Atri at night time. When it’s wrapped in shroud of darkness the smell of the the sea salt swans up through the hills and alleys of the village coalescing with the centuries old stone and wood of the local architecture. It’s a wonderfully unique and mineral smelling scent that fuses a salt accord with hinoki wood and a distinct sense of age old rock as if you’ve wandered into a damp cave to escape a sudden torrent of biblical rain.
Ducalis.The Duchi d’Acquaviva – the Acquaviva Dukes – were one of the seven most important lineages of the Reign of Naples and they settled one of their capitals in the Italian village of Atri at the end of the 12th century, bringing splendour and prosperity to the town. Backing the rose note at the heart of the fragrance with creamy rosewood, amber and vanilla certainly gives
Ducalis that facet of lusciousness it’s named for. The nutmeg twist to the house’s trademark salt accord is a very nice twist too giving the rose note a subtle spice seasoning.
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