RAINFOREST

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  This Cannon was part of the arsenal of the Royal Fort Principe
da Beira
built in 1775 at the margins of the river Guaporé in Rondônia, state situated in the Northern region of Brazil. Strategically positioned in the frontier with Bolivia, the fortress
is considered the greatest Portuguese military construction built outside of Europe during the colonial period between the XVI and XIX centuries, however, it is found in ruins today.
The fort, one of several fortifications built along Brazil's borders, was part of an Amazon colonization project elaborated by the Marquis of Pombal, Portuguese prime-minister at that time.
The project also included the liberation of the Indians from the custody of the Jesuits, prohibiting their slavery and turning them into salaried workers thus, changing their way of living and separating them from their traditions and territories.

  In this period, the native communities were contaminated and killed by sicknesses and epidemics brought by the Europeans. Today, the few existent indigenous people living in the area,
are terrified by the lack of government support in the
Covid-19 pandemic.

  Today, loggers, gold-diggers and counterfeiters are taking advantage from the lack of government surveillance and they are keeping its illegal activities of exploitation of indigenous territories in the North of Brazil. These workers are the main gate for the entrance of the new Corona virus invading areas where health care services are almost non-existent.
The Amazonas state is one of the most affected in the country by the pandemic – Manaus, its capital, have been facing the difficulties in burying the dead.

  Throughout history, Brazilian indigenous communities have been threatened by homogenization, slavery and deterritorialization. Isolated, these communities face government negligence in protecting fundamental rights of all Brazilians. In Rondonia, where the Royal Fort Principe da Beira was a witness of colonization, today the Suruí, an indigenous group, closed on their own, its territory to prevent the penetration of Covid-19.

Smell of Rainforest PBX00014KN

   The known and loved by most people smell of wet earth after a rain is basically the odor of Geosmine a sub-product of bacteria and algae that becomes evident in
the air after water enters the soil. Scientists have research that it is because of Geosmine that camels are able to find water in the desert. Thanks to the discovery and use of synthetic ingredients that replicate and were found first
in the analysis of natural ingredients, we were able to interpret faithfully the natural aspect of this iconic smell of rainforest. In a very simple and rich way is possible to bring the green aspect by combining Lentisque Oil Marrocos e Galbanum Oil with the wetness of Geosmine, that predominates in the forests and yet, contrasting in
a subliminal manner to the flourish 
and aqueous in the emblematic natural odor. In this case, particularly, we added Patchouli, a very powerful wood that incarnates
a rustic exuberance.

   The jungle is home to many - that's why the Smell of Jungle is so faithful to the purity of nature. It suggests
a way to reflect on how this large green shelter is being cared for or threatened.

That is the cannon’s history and the reasons
it is associated with the Smell of Rainforest. 
These questions are  bridges between you and
passages of Brazilian History - past and present.
Contribute in the construction of the
smell's collective imagination.


Do you have memories of walks throught the woods?
Do you miss the smell of rainforest?
Imagine the smell of the forest after a fire.
Does it smell different?

Answer here