Inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Providence Perfume Co. Proudly Presents:
Verdant carrot kisses, spring green flowers,
joyful lovers, a moonlit dance
All Natural Perfume - Providence Perfume Company
eau de parfum
Top Notes: Russian Carrot, Fresh Mint Leaf, French Mimosa, Bois de Rose,
Heart Notes: Tuberose, Plumeria, Rose de Mai, Jasmine, Violet Leaf
Base Notes: Oman Frankincense, Ambrette, Orris
My newest fragrance Eva Luna was created for submission to the Shakespeare Perfume Event coordinated by Amanda Feeley. An invitation was extended to 16 natural perfumers requesting that we create a perfume inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. I must admit I had to brush up on this play as I hadn't read any Shakespeare since college. All I remembered was A Midsummer Night's Dream contained a plethora of characters falling in and out of love which initially confused me when reading. Upon revisiting, I was again seduced by Shakespeare's humor and biting wit. The theme of A Midsummer Night's Dream seemed (to me) to be the absurdity of love. Shakespeare highlights this throughout the work through countless examples. The classic line, "Lord what fools these mortals be" echoing in my head I set about blending a magical romantic spring scent.
I knew I wanted to use carrot full of orange zesty freshness, mimosa with it's watery green cucumber-like notes, and tuberose full of rich floral romance and seduction. I built my fragrance around these notes, adding a lemony frankincense from Oman to the base, a bit of vanilla, violet leaf to tame the sweet floral notes, a floral musk derived from ambrette to add sexiness, fine mint absolute to brighten. A perfect blend of summer nights, romance and moonlight.
I decided to name my Midsummer Night's Dream perfume EVA LUNA for two reasons. First the name Eva Luna conjures romantic Spanish derivatives of "night moon." Second, the spectacular telenovella Eva Luna seemed a perfect modern day foil for Shakespeare's romantic play where characters fall in and out of love with the help of a little magic.