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Basilica was launched in 2021 by Milano Fragranze, a spin-off of Masque Milano. The fragrance was inspired by the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio located in the center of Milan. Built in 379–386 by St. Ambrose, the church has become a symbol of history, faith and worship for Milanese. And this fragrance captures the spirit of the basilica beautifully.
The opening is bright and herbal from thyme and camphourous rosemary. The way these two herbs are presented borders on medicinal until they are smoothed by a note of softly sweet warm milk. Warm milk! It’s a familiar scent that smells like a hug feels – comforting and calming. I relax right into it. A few beats later and the milk ignites the amber warmth of labdanum. And when its resinous aspect links up with resinous, smoky incense, deep memories start to swim up to my consciousness. The base is woody from cypriol, balsamy cedarwood and rich sandalwood. It’s the woods that bring the memories into focus. My child-self is in church – the cool open space, the warmth of the candles, the smell of the incense, sunshine streaming through stained glass windows, the wooden pews, and the rich, full sounds of the organ fill the space. I scan the choir, and my eyes settle on my mother, singing there. I lean over and rest my head on my father’s arm. I feel at home in this sacred place.
Like other church scents, Basilica is more about how it makes you feel than how it makes you smell – that’s where its beauty lies – and likely explains why this fragrance category never goes out of fashion.
Notes: Thyme, rosemary, warm milk accord, labdanum, incense resinoid, cypriol, cedarwood, santamanol.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Violaine Collas

Price: $6.00