Friday, April 6, 2012


Arquiste should really be spelled "exquisite" because that's exactly what these fragrances are. Created by architect Carlos Huber and internationally-recognized noses, the scents in this line are meant to transport the wearer to another place in time.

Currently, there are six fragrances in the line:

L’Etrog, a citrus chypre meant to transport us to October, 1175, Calabria, Italy;
Flor y Canto, an opulent white floral evoking August, 1400, Tenochtitlan, Mexico;
Fleur de Louis, a woody floral, reminding us of June 1660, Isle of Pheasants, Basque region, on the French-Spanish border;
Infanta en Flor, a floral musky amber evoking the same era as Fleur de Louis;
Anima Dulcis, a "baroque" gourmand to transport us to Mexico City, November 1695; and
Aleksandr, an ambery leather, January 1837, St. Petersburg, Russia.

I don't usually like every fragrance in a line, but these scents are so well made, so beautiful, I can't help but love them all. Even the chypre. My two favorites are Anima Dulcis, which includes cocoa absolute, Mexican vanilla, cinnamon, and a chile infusion, and Infanta en Flor, with orange flower water, Spanish leather, cistus resin, immortelle. The former reminds me of Comme des Garcons Sweet Wood Coffee, but with a whiff of cumin, and the latter is a mild-mannered relative of ELDO's Divin Enfant.

Despite intending to evoke eras far earlier than our own 21st Century, none of the scents in the line feel particularly old-fashioned.

Unfortunately for me, Arquiste is pretty darn expensive: pricing for the 55ml bottles is between $165 and $175. Looks like it's time to start saving my pennies.

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