Legend recounts that in 1380, the father prior of the Carthusian Monastery of St. James, caught unawares by the news of the arrival of Queen Joan of Anjou on Capri, picked a boquet of the most beautiful flowers of the island; these remained in the same water for three days and, as he went to throw them away, the prior noticed that it had acquired a mysterious fragrance unknown to him. So he turned to the friar versed in alchemy, who traced the origin of the scent to the "Garofilium Silvestre Caprese".
That water was the first perfume of Capri.
History relates that in 1948 the Prior of the Charterhouse found the old perfume formulae and, upon obtaining permission from the Pope, revealed them to a chemist from Piemonte in the North of Italy, and thus created the smallest perfume laboratory in the world, calling it "Carthusia", i.e. "Charterhouse".
Today Carthusia has put into practice its centuries-old knowledge in order to develop a culture of perfume unique in the world. Over the years, it has refined its mastery over the olfactory senses, perfecting and structuring its discernment of essences, in order to grant patrons the purest and most titillating emotions. Nowadays, as was done in the past, all stages of production are carried out by hand to guarantee accurate application of the natural methods involved, and the exquisite care of traditional craftsmanship.
All Carthusia fragrances have a hidden yet indivisible bond with Capri. The feelings and moods inherent in Carthusia products are the result of zealous and professional research into components derived exclusively from Capri's environment. These ingredients meet, mix and match in the Carthusia laboratories, producing unique harmonies of scents that beget perfumes as exceptional as the island from which they come.
The symbol of the firm, a beautiful work in liberty style, was created in 1948 by the painter Mario Laboccetta. It portrays a "flower siren" that brings to mind the surreal and mythological landscapes of Capri's heritage. She appears to be in the midst of an evolution, blooming with myriad colorful flovers, from wich Carthusia perfumes flow, achieving a logo wich recalls both art and nature in all their forms.