Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Flor y Canto description
It’s not often that you find yourself being educated by a perfume line. Instead of emphasizing all the usual high-gloss drama, indie perfume favorite Arquiste prefers to offer their fragrances with a small dose of fascinating history along with their scents.
Each of their perfumes comes with not only its own inspirational story, but also a recommended reading list if you want to learn more about the cultures Arquiste features in their fragrances.
Arquiste’s Flor Y Canto, or “Flower and Song” in Spanish, is a spicy, humid, and sweet floral fragrance, created from flowers that the ancient Aztecs of Mexico believed blended into the scent of Xochiquetzal, the goddess of beauty. The Aztecs believed the body of this goddess was the source of all the floral scents in the world.
The first flower in this blend is the Mexican tuberose, which the Aztecs named Omixochitl. The Aztecs believed the scent of tuberose could attract benevolent spirits, and it’s easy to imagine its plush, floral scent emanating from a gilded altar up to the realm of the Gods.
After the Mexican tuberose settles in, a trio of magnolia, plumeria and marigold follow, and each offers their own texture to the blend.
The plumeria adds a creamy, gardenia-like feel to the zesty lemon facet of the magnolia. And the tuberose and plumeria pair quite well – they are both richly textured, but the tuberose is powdery where the plumeria is full and sweet. The marigold note is also a stand-out – its greenish-gold warmth floats up from the base of Flor Y Canto to contrast the sweeter notes.
Flor Y Canto sings its flowery song with a clear and steady voice. This is a strong feminine floral of extraordinary textural depth; it offers up an ancient prayer to the Gods from only a small handful of notes. So all you tuberose fans should think about setting up your own altar to Xochiquetzal and honor her for the beauty of this stunning perfume.