The French haute parfumerie label collaborated with the tennis superstar and his wife Maria Perello to launch a special collection, In All Intimacy

In the sporting world, the name Rafael Nadal is instantly recognisable. The tennis superstar has cemented himself as one of the greats in the sport and is popularly known as the King of Clay for his undefeatable strength in clay court matches. Needless to say, the athlete has a special relationship with tennis. But the tennis legend enjoys another such relationship with something else in life: fragrances.

To celebrate this, Nadal has teamed up with French haute parfumerie Henry Jacques for an exclusive collaboration. Together with his wife Maria Perello, the duo has launched their own perfume collection, In All Intimacy, with the brand.

The couple worked closely with the maison to create three fragrances that reflect their personalities: Maria Perello, Rafael Nadal No.1 and Rafael Nadal No.2.

While Henry Jacques marked a milestone this year by opening the doors to its very first boutique in Paris, France, back in June, this collection is significant for both the couple and the historic French perfume brand because it is born of a series of “firsts”. It’s the first time Henry Jacques is partnering with an icon, a first for Nadal to collaborate with a perfume house and a first for the married couple to join forces on such a project.

“Meeting and spending time with Maria and Rafael to create their perfumes was a true pleasure and the beginning of a new chapter that the three of us wish to last,” Anne-Lise Cremona, CEO of Henry Jacques said of the partnership.

“Our encounter was about sharing emotions with great mutual trust, and above all a desire to share a beautiful story and reflection of life that could be inspiring for many. And that is what perfume is all about.”

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If anyone who knew him well were asked to sum up Nadal in just three words, they would likely say: “Tennis, home… and perfume”.

Henry Jacques brought Nadal’s passion to life through two unique creations, a lighter scent for when he’s in character playing tennis; the other for his more personal and private moments—staying true to the maison’s spirit of creating a perfume wardrobe with a fragrance for every occasion. Inspiration was taken from his strong connection with the Mediterranean.

“It is difficult to imagine my life without the Mediterranean Sea. I love its scent, the citrus, the freshness.” the sporting champion explained.

Besides water, Nadal also placed emphasis on his relationship with nature and the earth. “To me, there is nothing like the scent of the earth after the rain, when the sun sets,” he added.

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As for his wife Maria, she embodies Henry Jacques’ values of refinement and elegance and is a woman who is as discrete as she is determined and “whose vision recalls the finest of haute perfumery”. The fragrance she developed alongside Henry Jacques’ perfumers is subtle, with light, fresh notes that are also strong and resolute.

“For me, it is important for my perfume to become part of my identity, to be recognisable and to match my personality perfectly. I envisioned this fragrance as a sense of security, self-confidence, uniqueness, strength and completeness,” Perello shared. “I really wanted it to smell like elegance, and more importantly, happiness.”

For the scent, Maria Perello, the notes of violet and orange blossom are highlighted by bergamot and jasmine, enhanced by sandalwood and white musk.

For Rafael Nadal No.1, the combination of specific notes leads to an essence subtly balanced with coriander, thyme, violet, lavender, lemon and artemisia—a plant from the Mediterranean basin honouring the player’s roots, complemented by an alliance of cedar wood, leather and sandalwood. His second fragrance is poetically linked with that of his wife through bergamot, jasmine flower, lilac, rose and white musk; citrus, freesia and sandalwood notes complete the link.

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Though Henry Jacques now offers its fragrances through various collections in its boutiques, it was born a bespoke house and continues to provide personalised pure essences to this day. Now, through the eyes of Rafael Nadal and Maria Perello with the In All Intimacy collection, its hand-crafted offerings are made available for all to enjoy—yet another first for the brand.

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