Devoto Eau de Parfum: Chapter II of a Sicilian Story
The Sicily Quartet of four opulent, eco-luxe perfumes is inspired by the novel ‘The Leopard’ (Il Gattopardo) by Sicilian aristocrat Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. The four eaux de parfum recall scenes from Luchino Visconti’s epic 1963 film of the story. ‘The Leopard’ is set in late 19th century Sicily and follows the fortunes of the noble house of Salina.
Devoto Eau de Parfum, launched in spring 2020, is the second perfume in The Sicily Quartet and is a Sicilian floral. The jasmine is moody and deep, weighted by the styrax and patchouli. This is not an airy, sweet jasmine; rather a more brooding variety.
Devoto, meaning both ‘the devoted one’ and simply ‘devoted’ in Italian, is designed to recall the opulence of the Palermo villa ball portrayed in Luchino Visconti film of The Leopard. It is a perfume for lovers past and present.
Devoto Eau de Parfum evokes a dazzling ballroom scene on a hot spring night and the embracing dance of two young people in love and still unknowing of their and all Sicily’s fate. Tancredi, the Prince of Salina’s nephew and of old-money stock is besotted with the bewitchingly beautiful Angelica, the daughter of a local mayor whose nouveau riche class is rising with the fortunes of Garibaldi. The palazzo garden is enveloped with the narcotic scents of jasmine (a legendary aphrodisiac), orange blossom and flowering herbs.
Narcotic White Floral & Musk
Top: Clary sage, Sweet orange, Neroli,
Heart: Jasmine sambac, Jasmine grandiflorum, Orange blossom
Base: Musk Ambrette, Styrax, Patchouli heart, Cedarwood Atlas