What do we do when we want our Italian fix? Dive into the Carthusia world, of course! All Carthusia fragrances express the ethos and environment of Capri, that gorgeous island just off the Southern tip of Naples (and on the top of our Places To Retire list.)
The small, niche perfume house launched in the early 2000s with four fragrances—Mediterraneo, Fiori di Capri, Io Capri and Ligea La Sirena—reportedly based on old formulas developed by the Carthusian monks at the Certosa di San Giacomo. Our absolute favorite scent? Mediterraneo, an intoxicating “solar fragrance” that blends notes of lemon and green tea.