Volkamaria – The Story of a Forgotten Flower and its Curious Rediscovery.
In the last decades of the 19th century, the intensely fragrant blossoms of an exotic shrub known as Volcameria or Volcamiria enjoyed notable popularity in the world of perfumery. Traditional fragrance houses such as Roger & Gallet of Paris and John Gosnell of London sold Volcamiria perfumes, but around the turn of the century, the popularity of the flower seemingly faded, and related products were discontinued.
The plant and its story in perfumery seemed lost in obscurity, until – more than one hundred years later – WienerBlut stumbled upon an old formula in the archives of the Nationalbibliothek in Vienna. The name of this formula, likely due to flawed translation, was Volkamaria. After two years of research, which included solving the riddle of the improperly translated name, acquiring saplings by air delivery and finally cultivating the plant, WienerBlut set out to recreate a fragrance around the Volcamiria theme.
Volkmaria, a unisex Eau de Parfum with a creamy and slightly narcotic floral core, has become one of WienerBlut's signature scents, as it is one of the few fresh Iris formulas in the Market. Find it here.