SAINT JOSEPH THE CARPENTER
“Saint Joseph the Carpenter” infuses the skin with a youthful, woody sillage. Sunny, like the luminous elan of the painting, the fragrant composition converses with warm, woody notes, where cedarwood sits on the throne. This wood, used by King Salomon to build his temple, bears a noble odoriferous power, at the service of the scented discourse. To give it more body, but also a slight dissonance, an aromatic hint of vetiver imposes its fresh, generous presence, a presence much appreciated in India, when the hot season hits homes.
Hiding behind the candlelit child’s face, conveying both vibrancy and facetiousness, verbena absolute illuminates the scented bouquet – verbena itself symbolizes joy and hope. Orange blossom, offered by Zeus to Hera, the goddess of marriage, distils its powdery, green fragrance, while pink peppercorn, previously known as “Bourbon pepper”, brings spicy refinement. This olfactive atmosphere is linked to the reality of Georges de la Tour’s painting with volutes of incense, escaping from bowls filled with bitter almonds, sweet like the reminiscence of newfound childhood.