No more ghostly than a train, nor more sudden than death, nor quicker than the opening of a grave, my vitriol is distilled from carnations. After a moment of hesitation, the carnation alias the clove pink is what I am in every sense: this fragrance fraught with anger is my riposte. Its petals, laced with tiny teeth, hold out the solution: a burst of fragrant spikes.
Would it make you smile to know that the wallflower packs a real fragrant punch, that the pepper comes from Cayenne and that the scent of cloves lies deep within this composition? Yet the carnation is an obsessive and intrepid flower.
Why we're addicted: A unisex, oriental, spicy fragrance that's interesting and full of surprises.
When it doesnt bloom on market stalls and in open fields in southern France, the carnation blood red, as if bitten by a dapper criminal with a fox-like smile perishes. North, across the English Channel, London gentlemen wear white carnations in the buttonholes of their silk lapels. In the crimson velvet interior of a cinema, a girl in a film is being used as bait. She stumbles in the eerie flicker of a street light. As usual, shes poor and her hair is dishevelled. The street corner suddenly goes dark. Unable to see, the poor thing braces herself for the worst. And one fears (and hopes) that it will happen. And it will, unless the projector providentially overheats and the film catches fire, plunging the room into inky blackness. Yes, things look very bad for our heroine. We hear her shriek No! and read the French subtitle: Non!
Ingredients + Benefits
Alcohol, Parfum, Dipropylene Glycol, Aqua, Linalool, Citronellol, Eugenol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzyl Alcohol, BHT, Geraniol, Citral, Isoeugenol, CI 60730, CI 17200, CI 19140
*Ingredients may be subject to change. The most accurate and up to date product ingredient list can also found on the product packaging.
Serge Lutens, the man behind the brand, is considered an artistic legend with creative endeavours that include photography, filmmaking, perfume art-direction and fashion. Serge Lutens draws inspiration from many sources, from his beloved Marrakesh, where he lives part of the year, to literary and visual descriptions of fragrances that move him.
His exclusive boutique Les Salons du Palais Royal, in Paris is considered by many to be the most beautiful perfumery in the world.
"A unique place in the world where one would come as an enlightened being to define oneself through one's perfume, in order to stand out from the identity-free crowd which previous times had imposed upon us." - Serge Lutens
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