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Caligna is part of L’Artisan’s Grasse collection, which was launched in autumn 2012 with two candles, Automne and Hiver along with a pair of scented gloves. In April 2013, two more candles were added, Printemps and Eté, along with a Caligna.

The Grasse Collection was inspired by the Provençal town of Grasse and Provence has inspired some of my fave frags, like Garrigue and Une Rose au Bord de la Mer, but L’Artisan has gone full Provence with Caligna. The name translates as ‘to court’ in Provençal dialect, the nose is the wildly talented Firmenich perfumer Dora Baghriche-Arnaud (she also Still Life), who grew up in Nice and the ingredients are some of the most unique to the region.
Caligna opens with aromatic, herbaceous clary sage, the iconic herb of Provence, along with a note of creamy, lush, fig. There’s rose here too, and it softens the clary sage, so that it doesn’t dominate the fig. Mandarin orange leaves add a gentle sweet, greenness to the opening. As it blooms, there is the smell of jasmine – introduced to Provence in the by the Moors in the 16th century – sweet, but jammy and not at all indolic. This isn’t jasmine, but a jasmine marmalade accord created by Baghriche-Arnaud from a dessert she had in the south of France. A touch of violet adds an earthy, powdery dimension. I love the way the rose, jasmine and violet are in perfect harmony, brightened by the citrus in the marmalade. The base is warm and musky from ambrox; woody and piney from lentisk – a native plant of the maquis - smoked pine needles and oak chips from wine casks, which give it a balminess. The drydown green, fresh and luminous - perfect for warm weather, gorgeous in cooler weather.  

Caligna is an enticing skin scent that draws people to it then courts, woos, and conquers them.

So many fragrances focus on the lavender, myrtle, jasmine, rose, orange blossom and mimosa that grow in Provence – and I enjoy many of those beauties, but the idea of using lesser known plants that grow in the region along with new notes like jasmine marmalade and oak chips, created by a rising star perfumer with childhood olfactory memories of the place really appealed to me.

Once I tried Caligna, the idea of wearing it appealed to me even more. 
Notes: clary sage, rose bud, fig, mandarin tree leaves, jasmine marmalade, lentisk, violet, ambrox, pine needles, oak chips.

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Dora Baghriche-Arnaud

Price: $5.00