I would like to see gender-neutral eau de parfum that reveals a delicate balance between something frightfully noxious and something wildly enchanting. As a child, I always wondered what the poison apple from “Snow White” might have smelled and tasted like... the idea of casting a poisonous/enchanted veil over some-thing natural and alluring always fascinated me. Something delicious played against something wildly repugnant.
I am inspired by botany, but in a vintage, “Brothers Grimm” sense. An age where women administered deadly nightshade to their eyes in an effort to dilate their pupils... beauty and innocence vs premeditation and witchery. I love the idea of rummaging through an old apothecary with fragrant wooden drawers brimming with roots and spices and shelves cluttered with amber bottles holding salves and lotions that have long since expired. Paper packages tied up with string hold obscure bushels of animal and vegetal matter, selected specifically to ward off evil spirits, or be used in a spell. A time where the line between the “old ways” and the new technologies are
I would like to keep the brief open to interpretation. I have set the scene, the age, and the overall concept, but the ingredients chosen are up to the perfumer/chemist. Ideally I would like to see something ‘alarming’ when first applied... the idea is to inspire an initial sense of shock or regret... but then compell the wearer to lift their wrist to their nose again and again because they recognise something below... something beguiling and intriguing that slowly emerges as the scent dries on the skin.
Belladonna, Nightshade, Vintage, Witchery, Brothers Grimm, Apothecary,
Rudimentary, Experimental, Contradiction, Beguile, Allure, Repell,
A selection of images below are able to be used as a reference as they conjure the style and feel of the perfume I have in mind.
Submitted by Dimitri