With Baltasar del Alcazar we go to southern Spain, Andalusia, with the brand Jardins d’Écrivains. Seville is our destination, a city whose beauty has enchanted me many times. In general, I am a big fan of Andalusia, have been there several times, even if the last time was long ago.
Trip through Andalusia
Mostly we looked for accommodation on the Atlantic coast, near Conil, and then explored the region by car. The beautiful white villages on the hills … I’m thinking of the little town of Vejer de la Frontera or the larger Jerez de la Frontera. But the coastal towns of Conil and Cadiz are also absolutely worth a visit.
Then inland, the charming Seville with its great old town and magnificent palaces. Cordóba with its impressive Mézquita, formerly a mosque, now a cathedral, largely Moorish in style and with a beautiful orange garden in the courtyard.
And then, of course, Granada the Beautiful, located at the foot of the Alhambra and with an enchanting Arabic old quarter. A city about which the Mexican poet Francisco de Icaza, upon seeing a blind beggar woman, said, “Dale limosna, mujer, que no hay en la vida nada como la pena de ser ciego en Granada.” Give her alms, woman, for there is no greater pain in life than to be blind in Granada.
But enough rambling! You see, Andalusia has done it to me. The best conditions for the latest fragrance from Jardins d’Écrivains. Baltasar de Alcazar sounds a bit contrived at first hearing because of the rhyming form, but in fact there was a poet of the same name in Seville in the 16th century whose lyrical work is filled with wonderful humor and puns.
Baltasar del Alcazar – Jardins d’Écrivains
The eponymous fragrance Baltasar del Alcazar captures the unique notes of the Spanish south. The summer scent of lush orange trees in summer, cozy and leafy patios in the backyards of whitewashed houses where you can escape the heat, where water fountains give coolness and every breeze is enjoyed with delight.
In the freshness of a Mudéjar courtyard appears the memory of a Sevillian poet who embodies the golden age. A scent of green oranges and mint wafts gracefully through the air. The rustling of musky sour orange leaves testifies to a radiant and distinguished Andalusian spirit.
This very image is already reflected in the fragrance notes in advance: orange, elemi resin, mint, green tea, grapefruit, neroli, bitter orange, cedar, musk and patchouli are the ingredients of this fragrant homage to the beautiful Seville. The leather wrapping of the bottle picks up the orange of the citrus, which already gives Baltasar del Alcazar a sunny and refreshed touch visually.
Welcome to the fragrant orange garden
Tart, fresh and wonderfully cool, the Jardins d’Écrivains Eau de Parfum starts the fragrance journey. Tangy grapefruit meets the invigorating green nuances of mint, underscored by the peppery woody notes of elemi resin. Also tart, and thus more reminiscent of the fruit peels than the sweet juice, are the oranges in Baltasar del Alcazar, whose citrus fruitiness is underpinned by the spicy green accents of neroli and bitter orange.
Green tea infuses a subtle and at times almost Asian-contemplative water nuance that seems to link the fragrance notes together, creating a beautiful base. Finally, the bright and clean woody notes of cedar show up, accompanied by soft musky powder and the fine earthy creaminess of patchouli. Radiant and rather fresh Baltasar del Alcazar remains in the finish, even if the eau de parfum here slowly becomes closer to the skin and calmer.
Friends of tart green fragrances with subtle orange notes should enjoy Baltasar del Alcazar, and all others who prefer Mediterranean creations that do without sweetness and excessive floral involvement should put this fragrance on their to-try list. I exceedingly like this refreshing and minty-cool hesperidic note in the Jardins d’Écrivains Eau de Parfum, which certainly comes into its own even better on hot days. An ideal unisex fragrance companion for the summer, which can be worn on any occasion and is also not bound to any particular age. Who of you already knows the fragrance?