Three holy perfumes for the Pope’s Jubilee year in Rome has been announced by the Italian perfumer Laura Bosetti Tonatto. Inspired by fragrances mentioned in the Bible and created with assistance from historian Alessandra Andreocci, the collection includes: “Incense of the Churches of Rome”, “Nard of Mary Magdalen”, “Mystic Rose” and are available on the boutique “Essenzialmente Laura” (Rome, via dei Coronari 57) only.
A real journey into history and trough senses via essential oils contained in the incense used in churches in Rome, the spikenard of Mary Magdalene, the mystical rose of Sharon, known also as lily of the valley in the Song of Songs, and the thornless rose of the Virgin Mary.
The perfumer , who also created perfumes for The Queen Elizabeth, explains that “myrrh, frankincense, cassia, spikenard, rose are constantly evoked in the Bible, along with more exotic flavors of saffron, amber, cinnamon. Smell is the most spiritual of all the senses,” she added. “In the Talmud, it is described as the only sense that provides pleasure for the soul, while the others are all linked to bodily needs”.
Who is Laura Bosetti Tonatto
Since 1986, Laura Bosetti Tonatto, a professional “nose”, known all over the world, creates perfumes for major cosmetic companies and customized mélanges. Since October 2006 Laura Tonatto joined the staff of the University of Ferrara, Faculty of Pharmacy, as Professor Adjunct in the Master’s Degree in Cosmetic Science and Technology for the course: “Perfumes: Art and Production” and “Aromacology “. She is the creator of a cultural workshop “Nose and Parnassus”, for the study of the use of essences and aromas from ancient times to the present day.
She has curated several exhibitions including: “Caravaggio: a painting, a perfume” for the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. For the National Museum of Oriental Art in Rome she was responsible for the olfactory area “Aromatic: essences, perfumes and spices of East and West”, creating, among other things, the Syrian Water (I century BC) and the Water Admirabilis (1609) by Giovanni Maria Farina, which later became the famous Eau de Cologne. She is the only expert in the field that has been able to express the relationship between art, science and culture in general. Important works of art have inspired the birth of some of her perfumes. Through a long process of analysis and study of the artworks, Laura Tonatto has been able to turn these artistic suggestions in fragrances, which became masterpieces to be perceived through the most unusual of the senses: smell.
Laura Tonatto has created a customized collection for the Queen Elizabeth II of England. In 2012, on November 26th, with the decree of the President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, she was awarded with the honor of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. In 2013, on September 17th, in Milan, at Palazzo Marino, she received the Who’s Who Award of “Journalism and Fashion 2013”: God Save the Queen and fashion “for its olfactory emotions and because it has been able to transform art and cultures in perfumes”.
Words by Michela Di Carlo