Fleur de Louis and Infanta en Flor is an interwoven story of arranged love. Perfumers Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier collaborate with Arquiste to tell an olfactive story of the meeting between France’s King Louis XIV and his wife-to-be, the Infanta Maria Theresa of Spain in June of 1660. Fleur de Louis is the work of Flores-Roux, which captures the young King’s journey to the remote Isle of Pheasants on the border between France and Spain. It is here he extends his hand in marriage to the Infanta, in the presence of his court and political advisors. Yann Vasnier constructs Infanta en Flor from the perspective of the future Queen of France as she ventures forward to meet her husband-to-be for the first time. Infanta is a title given to the daughter of a reigning monarch who is not the heir-apparent to the throne. By negotiating the Spanish Infanta’s marriage to the King of France, the ratification of a peace treaty between the two countries was ensured. Although the motives behind the marriage appear to be guided by politics, Maria Theresa’s devotion to King Louis XIV in the years that followed was never questioned and as a Queen, she is often revered for her piety and virtue.
Yann Vasnier has based his composition around orange flowers, jasmine and rose; beautifully capturing the Queen’s sense of innocence and virtue. A powdery leather veil covers the perfume’s delicate floral face and combined with Venezuelan Tonka bean and contemporary musks, Infanta en Flor displays a tactile quality, like the soft skin of a woman. Yann Vasnier uses notes of immortelle and cistus with his leather accord, transforming this soft floral into a fragrant chamois made from the finest suede. If Fleur de Louis can be interpreted as a modern take on the classic eau de cologne theme, Infanta en Flor can be interpreted as a modern take on the classic peau d’espagne theme.
Over 7 days I am writing about my exploration of each of the 7 fragrances that make up the Arquiste collection. Australian readers can enter a draw to win a set of Arquiste samples by clicking here. Tomorrow’s post reviews Anima Dulcis.