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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

SKU: ODA460804 Category:


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

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.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

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 Ithakas 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




Aqueous Magnolia


Incense Resinoid
Virginian Cedar

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 iconic transportation cases used for the protective shipping of art works.