Master perfumer Alberto Morillas created this fragrance as a tribute to the age-old landscape of Africa with complex facets of wood, smoke, earth & flint and vegetal, animal & mineral notes. Aromatic nectar, balsamic resin, smoky wood, sun-warmed rocks – Grenadille d’Afrique expresses not only its namesake tree – Rosewood, but also the primal landscape in which it grows. Intriguingly described as “fossilized wood rubbed in a vanilla accord”, this strongly contrasted composition sets its dark heart off with luminous notes. Sparkling bergamot captures the last rays of the sun, while a purple haze of lavender and violet spill their powdery moonlight on the savannah grasslands. Run through from twigs to roots with aromatic, juniper-scented sap, this olfactory portrait of the mythical African Blackwood tree is built around a “trunk” of Haitian vetiver. With its complex facets of wood, smoke, earth and flint, it is the vertical axis that draws together the fragrance’s vegetal, animal and mineral notes. Turned into combustible resin by a lash of ambery cistus labdanum, vanilla exudes its balsamic warmth. Bleached wood, skin-soft bark and sun-heated stone release the day’s heat into the ink-black night, cooled off by a breeze of musk… It is a surprising, uncompromising and emotional scent. The materials are simple, stark and unadorned, like a very dense, very beautiful sculpture. It is through this density and simplicity that the fragrance turns into art. From crackling sap to balmy resin. Smoky wood to sun-seared stone. Purple dusk to ink-black night. Aedes de Venustas’ seventh scent explores the age-old landscape of Africa in a tribute to ancient ebony.