Casta Diva

 Created By

Nobile 1942


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The inspiration for the name of this fragrance comes from the work La Norma by Vincenzo Bellini and from the most famous interpretation of his "ode to the moon" by Maria Callas. Just like Norma's voice, Castadiva starts almost whispering but then explodes into vibrant frangipani heart notes. Exuberant and sparkling but mysterious at the same time. Energising and magnetic, the woman who wears it will feel shining like a star: whether it is a party, a cocktail or a special occasion, the celestial aura of charm and romance of Osmanthus will envelop the senses and stimulate the imagination of the people around her.

"Tapping on my wrists Castadiva, I was told how it was inspired not only by the classical air of Bellini (from the opera Norma), but also by the stage requirements that prohibit opera singers from wearing perfume during performances, because of the effects that could have on the voice of the entire cast. The delicate accord of Castadiva frangipani, Egyptian jasmine and white musk were created to gradually unfold, so that not a hint of fragrance will be spread during a performance, but at the moment in which a diva will reach her dressing room to welcome admirers, her perfume will be at the peak of her intensity". 

Fragrance Facts

Head notes: Green notes, Ylang Ylang
Heart notes: Egyptian jasmine, Neroli, Frangipani, Osmanthus
Base notes: Grey amber, Vanilla, Musk

Perfumer: Marie Duchene
Conception: Florence, Italy
Year of Release: 2009

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Everything started with Umberto Nobile, Massimo’s grandfather, a name that has always been synonymous with luxury fragrances. Since the early 30s he represented Nina Ricci perfumes and in 1942, at the height of the Second World War, he decided to open a perfumery for his wife in Rome. It became a family tradition: Massimo’s father did the same for his wife in Naples and also Massimo’s brother, who fell in love with a woman from tuscany, opened a perfumery for his wife.

Moved by love of beautiful things and by passion handed down from father to son, Massimo did something different. In 2004, when Acqua di Parma was acquired by LVMH group, he decided to create with his wife Stefania a brand that represented the Italian elegance worldwide. We’ve never followed trends: the main example of this is in 2011, when the western world of perfumery went crazy for agarwood, we launched La Danza delle Libellule, a vanilla perfume, that became our best seller worldwide. What is important is to keep our sober elegance, that can stand up over time, to meet our customers’ expectations. The first fragrance was Pontevecchio, created in 2004 and distributed in 2005, which marked the beginning of Nobile 1942’s in the new millennium.

We can proudly say that we are one of few companies producing and packaging by hand “in house” our fragrance products. We do this job with care and dedication: all the perfume bottles are filled one by one handily in our laboratory in Genova. In addition to the Italian ingredients, such as bergamot from Calabria and Iris from Florence, we purchase raw materials from where we know they offer the best quality.

But above all, all our ingredients respect high quality standards and the natural process of maceration. Italian excellence always captures our attention: we always look for new artists and artisans that create something unique. We use Damask silk from Lorsica, hand blown glass from Altare, silver filigree from Campo Ligure, Leather from Tuscany. Nobile 1942 perfumes are masterpieces of Italian artisan work.

Marie Duchene

Creations - Anonimo Veneziano, Casta Diva, Chypre 1942, Vespri Orientale, Vespri Aromatico, Vespri Esperidati, Patchouli Nobile, Ambra Nobile, Acqua Nobile & Muschio Nobile


Anne Sophie Behaghel 

Creation - Fougere Nobile


Henri Bergia

Creation - Sandalo Nobile


Karine Vinchon

Creation - Estroverso


Mathieu Nardin

Creations - Perdizione & Café Chantant


Christian Carbonnel

Creations - Shamal & Malvs


Antonio Alessandria

Creations - Malia & Rudis


Luca Maffei

Creation - 1..1

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