The celebrity-inspired fragrance bandwagon is still running strong, however there’s one figure that we’d never thought would be an inspiration to a scent. Meet… Pope Benedict XVI, the newest inspiration for Silvana Casoli, a perfumer from Italy who created colognes called “Water of Hope” and “Water of Faith” for the use of the Roman Catholic Church.
Casoli created a cologne exclusively for the Pope’s use and the said cologne won’t be available for sale. She derived the scent inspirations from the Pope’s love of the forests and animals in his native Bavaria. It derived the native and tranquility of Bavaria, as it’s infused with Spring grass.
Casoli said it was hard to mix scents that eventually will reflect the Pope’s personality and theological aura. She in fact said she nearly canceled the whole project. Casoli told Ils Messager:
“Then I realised that an essence like this had to have at its core, something pure and clean, recalling the idea of peace.”
Ms Casoli, from Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, said it was hard to come up with a scent that faithfully reflected the Pope’s personality and theological outlook, and she nearly pulled out of the project.
So will the Pope like his own exclusive fragrance?