Nacho Figueras's New Fragrance Benefits His Friend Prince Harry's Charity

The polo star created a new scent as a tribute to Prince Harry, and his charity Sentebale.

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Nacho Figueras, the Argentine polo champion, has launched a fragrance line that pays homage to his six favorite cities around the world, from his native Buenos Aires to Windsor, England, the home of his close friend Prince Harry.

And he’s giving the Duke of Sussex more than just a fragrant ode to Frogmore Cottage’s environs: A percentage of proceeds from the Ignacio Figueras Collection will support the Sentebale charity, which the Prince founded in 2006 to help children and communities affected by HIV and poverty in Lesotho and Botswana.

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Figueras with his wife, Delfina, at Bergdorf Goodman
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Figueras and his photographer/model wife Delfina Blaquier unveiled the collection this month with a launch party at Bergdorf Goodman, where the fragrances—each topped with a different colored horseshoe to represent polo matches played in each location—will be exclusively sold.

“This is something that, as a family, we have been waiting to do for a long time,” says Figueras. “We wanted to do something philanthropic, we wanted to express the importance of family, and we wanted to celebrate our travels and what we love, which is how horses and polo take us through the world. Winston Churchill had a very famous saying, 'Polo is a passport to the world,' and it’s very much true.”

Each fragrance captures the essence of its eponymous city through this lens. Buenos Aires is a “strong, passionate” scent redolent with patchouli and Turkish rose. “We wanted to reflect the intensity of the Argentine culture—how we’re so proud of everything that we do, from our food to our drinks to our music," says Blaquier. "And the rose is a reminder of my grandmother, who was super glamorous and well-traveled and beautiful. She lived in a French-style apartment in the middle of the city, which I always associate with the scent of her rose perfume.”

Aspen, where the couple and their four children go to ski every winter, captures the wintry scent of cold air and white snow with a hit of juniper; Palm Beach, where they reside from the end of January through the middle of April, is a fresh green floral. Dubai is a “very sophisticated” oud, and Jaipur a warm, spicy swirl of cardamom, patchouli, vanilla, and sandalwood.

“Even though Jaipur isn’t a place where we have spent a lot of time, we fell in love with it when I played polo there,” Figueras says. “We created memories there that we wanted to remember.”

Windsor, meanwhile, is a place the Figueras clan has spent a lot of time, visiting their good friends the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. “We spend a lot of summers there, because polo in England is in May and June,” Figueras says. The Windsor fragrance, Blaquier adds, captures that time of year. “It’s very green and airy, with honeysuckle, which is a favorite flower of mine.”

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Figueras and his wife Delfina with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
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Figueras first met Prince Harry at a polo match in 2006, and became Sentebale’s first ambassador after traveling to Lesotho with him. “Harry founded the charity with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in honor of their mothers,” Figueras says. “Sentebale means 'forget me not,’ which was a flower that Diana loved. It’s incredibly close to our hearts. I've been to Lesotho with him three times, most recently when we opened the Mamohato Center, where there’s an amazing program that 1500 children go to every weekend.”

And while he looks forward to playing alongside the Prince in the annual Sentebale Polo Cup, which St. Regis Hotel & Resorts sponsors in different cities every year, Figueras says the time he has spent witnessing Harry’s commitment to the cause in Africa has been the most meaningful.

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The Ignacio Figueras Collection
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“What I like the most about him is how real he is and how serious he is about improving life for kids that have not had the blessings that we've had,” Figueras says. “When we're there, he's the first one to wake up. He's walking around, he's looking at the buildings and saying, 'Why is that light not working? We should fix that' and 'What happened last month? Did we finally get the truck fixed so that we can take the water to the class on the top of the mountain?'"

The fragrances, Figueras adds, are a permanent tribute to a man he admires.

"I thought it would be good to create something that is continuously helping the charity, not just from an economic standpoint but also from an awareness standpoint," he says. "I wanted to add my little grain of sand to an incredible cause, and to an incredible man who does so much to make the world a better place.”

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