BOOKS AND PERFUMES: TEN CREATIVE GIFT IDEAS FOR CHRISTMAS 2019
Today’s post, which is dedicated to books and perfumes, is almost an experiment: attempting to connect the suggestions of a fragrance to the pages of books sharing its personality, so as to amplify the sensations both objects can provide, ensuring that the recipient of your gift will always remember it. Of course, you can always continue the experiment by yourselves, maybe sharing your suggestions as to which books you paired with our perfumes.
ARCIPELAGO DONNA AND “WINTER’S TALES”
Karen Blixen is well known for her books “Out of Africa” and “Babette’s Feast”, which were both also turned into internationally successful movies. However, today we’d like to suggest a collection of her tales which is a perfect pairing for the bouquet of Arcipelago Donna. In her “Winter’s Tales”, every story is an island, lovingly and attentively analysed from the point of view of the writer. Each of these islands has its own specific personality though all together they also show a perceivable unity, just like the islands in an archipelago, united by the same sea which divides them.
ARCIPELAGO UOMO AND “ISLANDS IN THE STREAM”
The original titles of the three stories forming this posthumous collection by Ernest Hemingway were all somehow connected to the sea: “The Sea when Young”, "The Sea When Absent", "The Sea in Being". This last story was subsequently renamed as “The Old Man and the Sea” and it became famous for its cinematographic interpretation by Spencer Tracy, but we like it because in its original title it encapsulates the essence of the sea which represents us. We also like it because it connects different states of mind, stages of life and emotions, just like the sea can connect the islands of an archipelago.
SPORT AND “BEYOND”
Lea Pericoli, Arthur Ashe, Dick Fosbury, Ada Pace... The book "Oltre. Storie di eroi e antieroi dello sport" (“Beyond. Stories of Heroes and Anti-heroes in Sport”) narrates the biographies of athletes who have managed to change the practice and perception of many different sporting disciplines through their own personalities. It could be a nice surprise for the couple you intend to give Sport as a gift, the dynamic fragrance for him and for her dedicated to those who like to challenge themselves every day.
SMERALDO AND “MEN I’M NOT MARRIED TO"
Lightness, style, refinement and a memorable personality. The book we suggest in combination with the Smeraldo Eau de Parfum is a masterpiece by Dorothy Parker, New York’s most brilliant author from the 20s to the 40s, who knew about books and perfumes at least as much as she knew about whisky. In “Men I’m Not Married To” she portrays a gallery of fatuous, talkative, petty, seductive and moving men, depicting them with a class which will undoubtedly be appreciated by the woman you’re intending to surprise with Smeraldo.
CLASSICA DONNA AND “THE LAMENT OF THE LINNET"
In the past few years many ladies have had the pleasure of appreciating “The Goldfinch”, but in Italy there is also another masterpiece dedicated to this small bird: “The Lament of the Linnet”, by Anna Maria Ortese. Light as a fairytale, this story which is full of gems and princes, kings and singing androids, of daily mysteries and tiny feats of magic, highlights the decidedly feminine aspects connected to nature which characterise Classica Donna, with its floral notes accompanied by marine accents, coming together to create a symphony of…classical appeal, indeed.
CLASSICA UOMO AND “THE GOLDEN BEACH”
To accompany a bottle of Classica Uomo we recommend a novel you will need to find in used book fairs, by Raffaello Brignetti, the writer in whose honour the “Acqua dell’Elba Literary Arts Prize” takes its title. In this novel, a man and a young girl travel on a sailing boat towards an island where they can seek refuge from the daily oppression of technology, in a more human dimension where they can find themselves. Propelled by winds carrying scents of sea, flowers and woods of the Mediterranean Maquis, just like the bouquet of Classica Uomo, indeed.
ACQUA AND "RACCONTI DI MARE"
The right companion book to Acqua, a perfume for him and for her which speaks of seabreeze, beaches and sun through its salty, citrussy notes, was right beneath our eyes. “Racconti di Mare” (“Sea Novels”), showcased during SEIF – Sea Essence International Festival: some of the most talented Italian writers, specialised on the sea as well as other arguments, contributed stories capable of reaching the essence of humanity’s relationship with this mysterious element, able to stimulate our imagination in a thousand different directions.
ALTROVE AND “THE COUNT OF MONTECRISTO”
An automatic choice, for the male perfume inspired by the Island of Montecristo. The masculine, woody notes of Altrove recall the savage nature of the island giving its name to the hero of Alexandre Dumas’ story. Fascinating, mysterious, and detached though at the same time profoundly connected to the values of nature and his own deepest essence, the man who will receive Altrove from you as a gift will surely appreciate its invitation to discover a true archetype of masculinity among the lines of an always fascinating novel.
BLU DONNA AND “THE SUMMER OF INNOCENCE”
In which of the women depicted by Clara Sanchez in her latest novel “The Summer of Innocence” will your friend recognise herself, when she receives your gift of Blu Donna? The genuine, authentic mother, the intellectual, sophisticated aunt, or the young girl who finds her woman’s voice during a summer at the seaside? Reading the pages of this book almost feels like breathing in the same fresh, sensual, intimate and profound fragrance released by the floral, woody bouquet of Blu Donna.
BLU UOMO AND “AN AUTUMN IN VENICE”
We already spoke of Hemingway in this post, but he is not the writer of this book whereas its main character. In “An Autumn in Venice”, Andrea Di Robilant revisits the last period in Hemingway’s life, starting from his arrival in Venice in 1948: enchanted by the lagoon, he rediscovers his love for Italy and finds a new love which helps him start to write again. Indeed, he rediscovers his connection with his deeper self, which will eventually lead him to win the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes with “The Old Man and the Sea”. Because it is from the sea, from its deep mystery which is “Blu” like the perfume accompanying this book, that we may find the inspiration to start anew.