Charming and romantic
Surely among the nicest fragrances by Maria Candida Gentile, Hanbury opens with a really graceful and romantic bouquet of orange blossoms, mimosa, a drop of citrus, other powdery floral notes (I think I get something similar to muguet and some smooth white flowers) gently surrounded by a dusty, sort of grassy and waxy sweet accord of, I guess, amber, maybe vetiver, beeswax (imagine dry honey) and musk. Overall this is an extremely soft, yet vibrant blend decidedly evoking an “arcadian” imagery to me, more than Mediterranean as you would expect from this South-Italian based brand – it’s warm, pastel, at the same time quite natural and with a palpable sort of crisp, bitter-sweet crunchy feel of grass perfectly giving a hint of realism to flowers and orange-resinous notes. Also both mimosa and beeswax give a really peculiar earthy-honey feel, which also enhances a slightly decadent side. Shortly a really well-balanced and charming fragrance perfectly ranging from bright lights to darker-earthier shades, smelling luscious and innocent at the same time – or, if you prefer, “carnal” and naif, or natural and dreamy at once. And also quite unique. Finally I also share the feel of “abstractness” other reviewers mentioned, a sort of simplicity and cleanliness with just the right touch of “syntheticness” giving Hanbury a contemporary shade, a sort of transparent consistency despite the realistic thickness of some notes. Great quality, great concept and perfect execution. Somehow just a little flat and linear, but tremendously pleasant and refined.