A spicy, gourmand scented candle inspired by the Baroque kitchen of the Ex-Convent of Jesus Maria, the fragrant setting for our fragrance ANIMA DULCIS.
November 1695. Late afternoon in the Convent of Jesus Maria, Mexico City.
The kitchen of the Royal Convent of Jesus Maria is a sacred space: Baroque carvings in cedar wood beams, thick stucco walls and earthenware pots that brew elaborate recipes. Among them, a hot cocoa formula rich enough to unleash rapture, a climax of the senses.
- Deep in the heart of Mexico City in 1695, a group of nuns gathers together in the kitchen to concoct a cherished recipe. Blending together rich chocolate and spices in earthenware pots, the Sisters brew a hot cocoa recipe that had become well known all over the Viceregal city.
- MEXICAN BAROQUE captures the scents that fill the kitchen, blending cocoa absolute, Mexican vanilla, and smoked chilies together with cedar wood and red clay.
- Modern Mexican food was born during the Baroque period. Within the many convent kitchens in the cities of New Spain, recipes combining Asian, European and Mexican ingredients, seasonings and techniques became a a true Baroque expression of feeling, emotion and opulence.
- The Royal Convent of Jesus Maria was founded in 1578 for the female descendants of the Spanish conquistadors. Wealthy and aristocratic, they turned the convent into their own secret world. There is an account from 1695 stating two gourmand recipes that were a specialty of the convent: A rich, spiced hot cocoa and a traditional Spanish bread pudding.
High-concentration scented candle: 8.9 oz / 251 g. Estimated burning time: 55 to 60 hours.
Notes: sesame seed, cinnamon bark, hazelnut accord, cocoa beans, red clay, smoked chili infusion, Mexican vanilla bean, cedar wood, labdanum, oakmoss and amber.
Developed with Nicole Mancini, Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier.