Santa Eulalia - 175
Santa Eulalia, a well-known Catalonian fashion boutique and tailor atelier active in the bustling heart of Las Ramblas in Barcelona is exactly 175 years old this year. To celebrate, the brand has released a very special fragrance indeed, named 175. 175 exudes an air of warm, well-fed luxury as well as the exiting smell of Barcelona around Christmas. An elegant brightness of citrus fruit explodes on the skin at first, given a green and spicy edge by a generous helping of cracked cardamom and elemi resin, all adding up to a lively, sparkling warmth that feels like a sliver of winter sun on an upturned face. Luscious florals in the heart - jasmine, rose, neroli - spill over like baskets of flowers in a Barcelona market, their hothouse sensuousness filling the air with a dreamy, romantic sweetness. There is a tantalizing hint of winter fruit here too, oranges kissed with the leathery exoticism of saffron and the velvety caramel of labdanum. But woods leave by far the strongest impression, piles of dry cedar, buckthorn, and poplar branches tied up and ready to take home to scent the home. The woods smell dry, but rich and green also, as if particles of spring sap lurk within their fibers, ready to burst forth and gladden the heart on the coldest of November mornings. 175 is a celebration of the history of Santa Eulalia, but it's also just a celebration full stop - of life, of the exciting smells emanating from a winter Barcelona market, and of the rich bounty that nature affords us. Thoroughly unisex, this energizing spicy, citrusy woods scent would be gorgeous on either a man or a woman.