The story of a powerful mother who dresses, lives and works as a man to raise her daughter. Motherhood award 2015 in Egypt.
Strong character combined with the gentle touch of a loving mother: sandalwood and musk with candy floss, brown sugar and toffee. Added, the scent of the mother nature’s milk, vanilla.
The memory of a sweet dream.
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The inspiration for this sweet floral fragrance is the story of the recently awarded Sisa Abu Daooh. At the age of 65, the Egypt’s president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi gave her the Motherhood award of 2015. And she truly deserve it; she became a man to be able to raise her own daughter.
It was a life she began in the 1970s when her husband passed away and she was six months pregnant with their first child. By the Egyptian tradition she had to choose between getting married again or living off the charity of relatives and friends. The suitors weren’t for her because she was still in love, but neither was a working life: labouring jobs were closed to women, and she lacked the education for an office job. So Sisa chose the only possible way she found: to take on a male identity. She shaved her hair, wore the men’s traditional costume (called “jellabiya”) and worked making bricks and harvesting wheat. After many years, when her strength began to fade, she took to shoe-shining near Luxor’s Station. It was necessary for her to adopt the men’s customs like sitting as a man, smoking or shaking hands, as well as letting go her femininity. She recognises that it was hard but she would do anything for her daughter. Some people at work or in the neighbourhood noticed that she was a woman, and finally the story got to the hands of some Egyptian journalists discovered Sisa’s incredible story and they brought it to light. Soon after, the government of Luxor has offered her a kiosk near the bus station, where to sell candies, soda and cigarettes; in addition to a sum of around 6.000 euros. Nevertheless, she assures that stoping from working is not an option for her because she wants to help her daughter: “her husband cannot work through illness, and she has two children to feed”. This strong and brave mum will never stop showing her true love for her family.
Rêve de Sisa has the same personal and strong character as this brave woman, combined with the gentle touch of a devoted mother. It is possible thanks to the blend of roses, jasmine and sandal wood, combined with pineapple, candyfloss and toffee. The sweet and spicy tonka beans accentuate the powdery and vanilla impressions which reflects the exotic Egypt and its dunes, as well as the powder of the bricks Sisa used to build. Vanilla and heliotrope make us think about mother’s milk or even Cleopatra and her milk-baths.
The memory of motherhood’s sweet power.
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