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Versi Studio is a new olfactive trilogy from Mendittorosa exploring the relationship between poetry and perfumery.
The first in this trilogy is ITHAKA, inspired by the poem Ithaka written by emblematic Greek Poet C. P. Cavafy, first published in 1911.

Perfumer: Camille Chemardin
Genesis, Concept and Creative Design: Stefania Squeglia

Eau de Parfum 20%
100ml/ 3.4 fl OZ
Natural Spray

Quantity
SKU: ODA460804 Category:

Description

Thanks to Alberto, for the maps he made visible to me

Versi Studio is an olfactive study in three parts, to wonder about the relationship between poetry and perfumery and to enjoy it.

The first of the three studies is ITHAKA Extrait de Parfum inspired by the poem Ithaka written by Constantin Kafavis, and first published in 1911.

Let’s the poem express the concept and the structure of this Extrait made of coral, light, sea harbors

Ithaka  (The Poem)

As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.

Hope your road is a long one.

May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithaka mean.

P. Cavafy, fromC.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems.Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Translation Copyright © 1975, 1992 by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Reproduced with permission of Princeton University Press.
Source: C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems (Princeton University Press, 1975)

Ithaka (the perfume)

Olfactive Pyramid

Head

Bergamot

Heart

Aqueous Magnolia
Incense

Base

Patchouli
Labdanum
Incense Resinoid
Virginian Cedar
Cypriol
Benzoin

Versi the Packaging

Each flacon in the Versi trilogy will have a hand-crafted wooden cap and a hand-incised tablet with a symbol unique for each fragrance. For Ithaka it is a small boat in the sea.

The flacon is housed as usual in the classical Odori d’Anima wooden box, inspired by emblematic transportation cases used for the protective shipping of art works.


Lovers Wall / ithaka

Ithaka
5/5

Ithaka Poem is beautiful and so the fragrance

Ithaka Poem is beautiful and so the fragrance

Jakub, Poland

Ithaka
5/5

The bottle is again a masterpiece, and I love the idea of marrying poetry and fragrance. Magnolia and incense sounds delightful.

The bottle is again a masterpiece, and I love the idea of marrying poetry and fragrance. Magnolia and incense sounds delightful.

sanvean79, London

Ithaka
5/5

Ithaka is the distillation of exploration in each respiration, the minute observation of nanoseconds, the constant wonder and renewal of for living.

Ithaka is the distillation of exploration in each respiration, the minute observation of nanoseconds, the constant wonder and renewal of for living.

Danu, France

Ithaka
5/5

About when should I expect the Ithaka? I’m so looking forward to experiencing it, as you know I’m an avid fan of your visions ...

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About when should I expect the Ithaka? I’m so looking forward to experiencing it, as you know I’m an avid fan of your visions and inspiration, as well as creations. 💛💛💛💛

Alise, UK

Ithaka - Le Mat
5/5

As a traveling musician, this review speaks to me. Sometimes we travel so light that all we have is our own skin. But that does not ...

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As a traveling musician, this review speaks to me. Sometimes we travel so light that all we have is our own skin. But that does not mean we have nothing. We bring life with us. The impression of all our experience stays on our skin, like the wisps of incense you experienced days later from this scent. Mendittorosa is a beautiful house. I love the slight tangy note that place in the heart of their best compositions, giving the sweetness a complexity that keeps them interesting, wear after wear. In Le Mat, I always think of the Immortel note, long after I have showered. And so I must wear it again! I would love to bring this bottle on my travels. Be well!

Geoffrey

Ithaka
5/5

The name Ithaka inevitably brings to mind the home of Odysseus and the idea of a long journey. Danu speaks of it as well, which is ...

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The name Ithaka inevitably brings to mind the home of Odysseus and the idea of a long journey. Danu speaks of it as well, which is not at all surprising: Mendittorosa perfumes are half scents, half impressions of seasons, places and dreams.

Anonimou, Russia