Catharsis by Coreterno is an powerful, bold fragrance, a combination of declaredly aggressive ingredients. The spicy notes of cloves and nutmeg are only slightly softened by neroli, which has no time to fully express itself because dragged into the heart where saffron and whiskey dominate the floral accord of ylang and rose. The declaration of war comes from the bottom of the fragrance. Oud, Guaiaco, Cedar and a powerful leather accord leave their mark on the wearer’s skin.
The son of a fragrance executive, Luca Maffei grew up surrounded by sample vials and in the company of many of late 20th century perfumery’s most famous names, including Jean-Louis Sieuzac, Dominique Ropion, and Michel Almairac. Originally a business student looking to start a fragrance company, Luca soon decided that the creative side was where his passions lay and moved to Grasse at age 22 to study under Françoise Marin, the former director of the Roure perfume school.
After an apprenticeship in France and a top 5 finish in Esxence’s Scent of Excellence competition for rising perfumers under 30, he returned to Italy to start working with brands including Perris Monte Carlo, Masque and Gabriella Chieffo.
Starting 2014 he became member of SFP (Société Française des Parfumeurs). By that time he had already signed more than 50 perfumed creations for Mainstream and Niche brands, Air scents and Candles. Two of his creations, Black Pepper & Sandalwood by Acca Kappa and Néa by JUL ET MAD Paris, won in 2015 and respectively 2016 “The Art and Olfaction Awards”, Independent Category, in Los Angeles.