Kedu, nicknamed ''the garden of Java'', is a plain in Indonesia bordered by a volcano. Its soil, which has been made fertile by volcanic ash, is sacred. Glossy green palm trees shadow one-horned rhinoceros, giant, color-changing flowers, prehistoric buffalo and bent-backed pilgrims. Borobudur temple is shrouded in mist, a prayer site constructed on a magical square. Tradition states that you can purify your soul by throwing sesame, (one seed for each passion) into one of its flaming domes. Burnt sesame aroma rises up to the heavens. The husky seeds are symbols of longevity, and their nutty aroma sets the sparkling freshness of the surrounding air alight.
Grapefruit is a brilliant, singing note that connotes the greater, crystalline atmosphere. Neroli and mandarin elaborate upon this idyllic, blue skies and fresh air theme, painting this landscape with the bold, uplifting colors in which it exists. Comparatively, freesia offers a dulcet freshness, a graceful floral flourish that connotes the softness of sunlight against ancient stone.
Mate absolute mimics the scent of tall grass waving under freesia's illumination. Rose and peony afford another burst of bright color, a rendition of the super-fertile soil of Kedu and its fragrant results. Sesame supplies the characteristic nutty, slight gritty texture of charred seeds, while white musk and moss express the animalism afoot on this sacred plain. As stunningly refreshing as it is contemplative and peaceful, Kedu sweeps onto skin as gracefully as a silent prayer.
(oil of grapefruit, neroli, oil of mandarin, mate absolute, freesia accord, rose-peony accord, sesame absolute, white musk, moss)
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Clara and John Molloy, the founders of Memo Paris, met on a chair lift, between sky and earth, between two worlds, in that weightless space that brings out one’s daring side and broadens horizons. It wasn’t long before they decided to set off together on a long-distance journey. Memo, which they launched in 2007, was part of the adventure: a collection of scents from afar that take a destination and make it the point of departure for a sense-awakening epic. Each captivating fragrance serves as a threshold between the known and the unknown, an exciting invitation to openness and discovery that will surely take you on your own aromatic odyssey.