MendittoRosa ITHAKA eau de parfum
Ithaka by Mendittorosa is a unisex fragrance created by perfumer Camille Chemardin and released in 2019. It has an aroma profile of amber, woody, warm spicy, citrus,, floral, balsamic, earthy, and smoky notes.
As the first creation of the Versi Studio Collection in the Odori d'Anima series, Ithaka is an envisioned olfactive trilogy from Mendittorosa exploring the relationship between poetry and perfumery. Ithaka isn inspired by the poem of the same name written by emblematic Greek Poet C. P. Cavafy, first published in 1911, and transcribed below.
Patchouli, Labdanum, Incense Resinoid, Virginian Cedar, Cypriol, Benzoin
Offered are full 3.3oz/100ml bottles in presentation, and samples. Perfume concentration of Ithaka is 20%.
"As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you’re seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you’re destined for.
But don’t hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you’re old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn’t have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you’ll have understood by then what these Ithaka mean."
Source: C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems (Princeton University Press, 1975)