Smell: Paradise Found

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Today’s “Smell” segment in Loving’s Five Senses is dedicated to Nicolas Malleville, husband of Francesca Bonato, and his perfumery, COQUI COQUI, based out of Tulum on the luscious Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Legend has it that the Franciscan monks, who settled on the Yucatan Peninsula, picked and catalogued flowers, woods, and exotic herbs under the guidance of Mayan natives. The scientific, yet pious effort gave rise to the most original eau de colognes, emulsions and lotion formulas in the great Spanish Empire, delighting European and Latin American aristocrats for over 300 years.

However, the drawn-out Caste War of Yucatan (1847-1901) put an end to all perfume production and the tradition was lost until Argentine perfumer and hotelier, Nicolas Malleville, decided 12 years ago to embark on an expedition to the Yucatan. His objective was clear: to recover the monks’ lost formulas and fuse them together with the legacy of ancient Mayan medicine. Since then, Nicolas has established COQUI COQUI  Perfumes, based in the mystical and colonial town of Valladolid, Mexico. His fragrances include exotic local notes such as coco, orange blossom, tabaco, floplum, and vanilla.

The COQUI COQUI experience is pure nature. The integration of lush vegetation, fresh air, and turquoise water, provides the perfect formula to awaken the senses and restore the harmony between body, mind, and soul.

Monsieur Nicolas Malleville, hotelier and perfumer.

COQUI COQUI perfumes and bath oils can be found at Castor & Pollux

Rebozos on the horizon!

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

This photo doesn’t do justice to how beautiful this new rebozo from Hacienda Montaecristo is -we’ll be getting them in this spring – I can barely wait. We were lucky enough to hang out with Francy and her lovely family while in Mexico last week. It’s quite a life down there in the Yucatan Peninsula – something to add to your want list if it’s not already on there – go to Tulum!

Touch: Hacienda Montaecristo and Mexico

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

This gorgeous necklace from Hacienda Montaecristo was featured in the best of the web guide that InStyle presented this month. We ran out of stock immediately but I am happy to say that they are now in the store – straight from Mexico. Speaking of Mexico, we are going next week for Thanksgiving. No turkey I’m imagining, but lots of tacos which is more than fine by me.
Not sure how much work or blogging will take place from the beach – hope you all have wonderful, happy holidays filled with friends and family.
Lots of love to you all.

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