You may have missed a few of my most recent Instagram posts at the start of February during National Storytelling week. As you may know, every fragrance in our range has a story behind it and they are all destination based. It felt fitting to write a little about a particular place that inspired one of our scents during that week.
I decided to choose Rio de Janeiro (which inspired our Avenida de Rio scented candle) as at the start of February, five whole years ago, we we were visiting Brazil for an extended stay during the carnival season.
One thing I just fell in love with in Brazil was that everything just felt so alive. From the people, the scenery, the constant movement of the waves at the beach, the sounds of music and laughter... everything just buzzed with energy. I think this photograph by Agustin Diaz Garguilo shows just how visually stunning and alive Rio is. To the right of the photo you can see Sugar loaf mountain, a prominent part of the city. It is as beautiful in real life as it is in the picture!
One of my favourite days in Rio was spent visiting Cristo Redentor or Christ the Redeemer. I don't think I've ever visited a monument that truly took my breath away like this one (minus Michelangelo's David in Florence!) I had wanted to visit this statue my whole life. I am not a religious person, but for some reason I'd always been so drawn to this monument. He stands proud, portraying peace, looking over the city from Parque Nacional da Tijuca.
It took an extra long bus journey there, twisting up the mountain in our little white van. Then 220 steps up to the top in high, tropical heat. But it was so worth it. Of course, I bought a little postcard at the top as a keepsake. It was a memorable afternoon.
Another wonderful memory was spent up at the top Sugarloaf mountain on an incredibly windy late afternoon. Son managed to capture that perfectly in this photo! Windy but warm... a great combo.
The views were just a dream. We watched yachts sail down below whilst eating ice cream. When it was time for sunset, everyone gathered together to watch the sky change from the most dazzling blue to the deepest of oranges. So serene. After we travelled back down in the cable car, our evening wasn't quite over. We had to rush back to our apartment and get ready for Rio's biggest event of the year... The Samba school parades at the Sambodrome. Take a look at my Instagram highlights for 'The Rio Series' to see some of our photos from that night!
We love burning Avenida de Rio as it takes us back to those fond memories of such a joyful time in Brazil. It's fruity and subtly sweet notes are sensual and sophisticated. A scent that can be enjoyed through every season. Have you tried it yet?