Hombre de Palo
Hombre de Palo is a robustly herbal, woody, resinous, metallic and animalic perfume. Its green-herbal note comes from its Thyme entry and its Oak Moss base. Thyme has an intense herbal scent that evokes the scent of the Mediterranean mountains, with spicy nuances and notes of clove, camphor and mint. In contrast, the Oak Moss note evokes a forest green scent with its earthy, damp and salty notes. Oak Moss is a lichen (a symbiosis between a fungus and an algae).
The woody point of Hombre de Palo comes from several types of wood. Hinoki, Atlas Cedar, Oak Wood and Rosewood. Hinoki in Japan means white cedar and has a woody scent with lemony tones. Its wonderful aroma is fantastic for raising spiritual awareness and emotions. In ancient times Hinoki was used to refresh the soul, calm the mind and relax the body. Atlas Cedar is a warm, sweet, balsamic, slightly floral, rich, complex wood. Cedarwood always produces a scent reminiscent of the outdoors and the aromas of Oakwood are marked by scents of vanilla, clove, coconut, spices and leathers, as well as earthy and vegetal notes. Rosewood offers Hombre de Palo a lively, citrusy aroma with a smoky touch. Finally, Geosmin gives us a smell of petricor (smell of wet earth) and Costus gives us that animalic note that resembles the smell of goat that reminds us so much of the smell of the horses that always participate in Corpus Christi and those characteristic aromas of the Middle Ages.
Hombre de Palo perfume is an olfactory representation of a fusion between the figure of the Hombre de Palo and the Corpus Christi of Toledo.
In one of the most central streets of Toledo, visited by tourists from all over the world, there is a street with a very curious name: Hombre de Palo. The street is named after a curious automaton, 40 centimetres high and equipped with sophisticated clockwork mechanisms. It was the first automaton and was built in the 16th century. The automaton represented a Franciscan monk who walked in various directions, moved his head and eyes, opened his mouth and moved his arms, making the gesture of imposing the crucifix that begged alms for its creator in exchange for seeing him move. The Hombre de palo was an invention of Juanelo Turriano.
Juanelo Turriano was the engineer, architect and royal watchmaker of Felipe II and it was built at the time when Toledo was the capital of Spain. A large part of the Corpus Christi procession, which has been held here since 1247, passes along this same street and always gives off aromas such as myrrh, thyme, rosemary and wood.