Fantosmia is a perfume about a smell that only existed inside a perfumer’s head and his quest to recreate it. An exploration of textures; the cold and mineral juxtaposed against freshly extinguished heat filtered through shifting veils in an olfactory cat and mouse chase.
Top Notes: Black Pepper, Annatto, Cardamom, Pimento, Sisho Leaf
Heart Notes: Fennel, Cascarilla, Nutmeg
Base Notes: Oud, Mate, Castoreum, Saffron, Tobacco
"With Nectary we wanted to create a surreal and untamed garden... for the skin. A garden where the flowers were in brilliant technicolour, 6ft high flowerheads, scythe-like thorns, huge elephant-ear-like rubbery leaves, gigantic terracotta pots and a really 'close' atmosphere. As such, we wanted to push each of the facets a little so as to try to translate this narrative. The animalics are a key structural component as they give an alluring diffusion that seems to undulate, shimmer and radiate.”
“The oud acts a bit like glue - binding each of the sensations that almost seem to be shattering and diffusing in negative directions, each repelling one another, the oud grounds this aromatic 'polarity'. Focussing on the oud for a moment, we wanted to add texture here too, not that real oud require doing so, but we wanted to exaggerate the inherent minerality of the oud that we use in Nectary.” Euan McCall, Jorum Studio.
I mean, it really doesn’t get much better than when it comes from the perfumer himself, does it?
Wearing a perfume like Nectary is one of those olfactory encounters that takes things to the next level. This is fragrance beyond scent as an accessory. Nectary has Presence (capital P required). We retired Malle’s Portrait of a Lady for this one.
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