History

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Legend has it that around the year 1230 a prodigious fisherman, handsome and strong, named Cola lived in Messina.
The sea was his whole life, his passion, and exploring the silent and immense depths made him more free and alive.
He was so fond of the sea that he spent whole days swimming and fishing, even giving up marrying Graziella, a local girl, madly in love with him. In the course of his raids, he got to know nymphs with sweet eyes and sinuous enchanting sirens who caressed him with their harmonious song, guiding him in the gardens of Coral where the most beautiful mother-of-pearl flowers grew and even in their iridescent palaces.

But his passion for the sea and the abyss was not well seen by his mother, because many times the boy had the habit of throwing his catch back into the sea, all the more so since one day the desperate woman cursed him by saying this sentence: "May you become like a fish! " No sooner said than done!
Over time, his skin became more and more scaly, his hands and feet like fins.

At that time Frederick II was king of Sicily, great monarch of the Swabian House, a lover of the arts and sciences, himself a humanist man of letters and a very sensitive poet. The king, having heard of Cola's amazing exploits, wanted to test him, promising him great gifts and the hand of the princess, his daughter, should he pass difficult tests.
King Federico, from the Royal Palace, threw a golden cup for the first time into the stretch of sea below, urging Colapesce to fish it out. The brave fisherman, diving into the deep sea waters, resurfaced, with great skill, bringing the thrown golden cup back to the king.
Then it was the turn of the royal crown, also thrown into the sea and recovered. It was on that occasion that the king was informed by the boy of what he had seen in the abyss.
Colapesce, in fact, said to him: "Majesty, there are three columns on which our island rests: two are intact and strong, the other is vacillating, because the fire consumes it, between Catania and Messina".

The sovereign wanted to know what this fire was like and demanded that the boy bring him some. Cola replied that he could not carry fire in his hands. But the sovereign, not yet happy, challenged him for the third time ... a decisive test that would have allowed Colapesce to have the hand of his daughter Costanza as a prize, throwing the girl's ring into the water.

Colapesce dived and, on reaching the seabed, stood in the middle of that fire to support (as it still does) that badly combined column, renouncing love and wealth in order to support it, protecting Sicily from its destruction and if every now and then land between Messina and Catania trembles a little, it is only because Colapesce changes side of his shoulder.

The legend perhaps brings us back to the strong seismicity of the area, to the Sicilians' unconditional love for the sea and to the dependence of life on water ... it is no coincidence that water envelops the human being since it swims in amniotic fluid .

Marine scent

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Inspired by the legend of Colapesce, an aldehyde perfume inspired by the smell of the sea and the breeze carried by the wind on the surface.

The inspiration

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Top notes:
Bergamot (synthetic): noble ingredient, chosen for its ambivalence between citrus and wood. It gives fresh and enveloping notes blending perfectly with the sea.
- Pine: element chosen for the strong presence of the pine tree along the Sicilian coast. Gives resinous and spicy scents.
- Salt: Sea air, sensation recreated with marine aldehyde ingredients.

Heart notes:
- Aldehydes: elements of high olfactory impact, give powerful notes that join and push the top notes;
- Sage: ingredient chosen to complete the scent given by Bergamot and give it greater persistence in the evolution of the fragrance.
- Iris scent (synthetic): inspired by the legend of Colapesce, a flower that symbolizes positive feelings and tenacity. Gives floral body.

Base Notes:
- Ambergris: an element strongly linked to the sea, an important base note;
- Sea water: combination of several elements that evoke the scent of sea water, salty.
- Balsamic notes.
The whole fragrance is supported by a delicate note of jasmine

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