Gucci introduced The Alchemist’s Garden collection that consists of seven eaux de parfum, four perfumed oils, three acque profumate and a scented candle. The bottles are styled on curious pharmacy jars and the first perfumery containers seen in ancient apothecaries, while the fragrance inside was created by Alessandro Michele and master perfumer Alberto Morillas. The Creative Director has also enriched the stoppered shapes with gold lettering and whimsical animal symbols.
Each of seven Eaux De Parfum features one of floral ingredients: rose, oud, amber, violet, woods, iris and mimosa. The perfumes are housed in a decorative porcelain bottle, with fantastic illustrations and evocative names. The feminine ‘A Song for the Rose’ features notes of rose with musk and woods. Named for the snake’s movement in the forest, ‘The Voice of the Snake’ is enriched with notes of leather, saffron and patchouli. ‘The Eyes of the Tiger’ features notes of tonka, vanilla and ciste resin while ‘The Virgin Violet’ embodies a white swan with notes of musk, violet and vanilla. ‘The Last Day of Summer’ captivates with cedarwoods and cypress scents, ‘Tears of Iris’ is a sensual interpretation of the iris flower and ‘Winter’s Spring’ reflects the joy of the end of winter in the bright powdery mimosa flower mixed with pepper and musk.
Revealing the House’s pink rose print, the Acque Profumate bottles are made from white lacquered glass, each celebrating a single note in modern compositions. ‘Fading Autumn’ has a fragrance of bois modern, ‘A Winter Melody’ features a note of cypress and ‘Moonlight Serenade’ lavender.
The Perfumed Oils are contained in sage green toned lacquered glass bottles decorated with a touche Oreille. The glass pipette style applicator is a vintage way to apply the scents blended with previous raw materials: rose in ‘A Forgotten Rose’, oud in ‘Nocturnal Reverie’, violet in ‘The Violet Kiss’ and bois modern in ‘Ode on Melancholy’.
The collection also includes the scented candle. Named ‘The Virgin Violet’, it is a delicate composition of musk and iris petals, and violet extract emits a soft, powdery fragrance.