This floral oriental fragrance is inspired by an exemplary female figure in the Chinese culture, Zhang. She was the mother of Mencius, the most famous philosopher after Confucius. She raised her son all alone after becoming widow when Mencius was still a child. She did so great that she turned into a model of maternity in China for the devotion she showed to her son’s welfare.
There are a lot of popular sayings about her wise teaching techniques. The one called “Mencius’ mother, three moves” (mèng mü sān qiān), refers to the importance of finding the proper environment for raising children, without taking the effort into account. They originally lived by a cemetery, where Zhang found that her son was emulating the behaviour of the undertaker and professional mourners in funeral processions. She did not think such an environment was good for Mencius, so they moved into town near a market. But then, she noticed that her son was starting to bargain and to imitate the nearby merchants who were always showing off and telling tales about their travels. The woman began to worry again, thinking it was unworthy for a child to learn how to boast. After careful consideration, she decided to moved to a small house near a school. Mencius behaved in the same polite manner as the teachers and students, imitating also their speech and discipline. So he ended up by becoming a scholar. In the following years, he acquired a wide range of knowledge, such as etiquette, reading, writing, music and arithmetic. Thanks to the environment that Zhang gave him, he became one of the most famous scholars and representatives of Confucianism.
Espoir de Zhang is the result of melting the Oriental culture and flavours. From its flowers like jasmine and vanilla, to its animals through musk; all of them belonging to the Oriental family of scents. The bouquet opens very sweet, like the smiles of the scholars, thanks to the combination of coconut powdered and plum. After few seconds the fragrance of precious flowers envelops you like a soft mother’s mantle, but immediately the mix of Tahiti vanilla and white musk give us a fresh breeze of Zhang’s soul.
A wisdom legacy written with notes of devotion.