Pick Your Poison - This Season Scent Gets Dangerous !
'Les Potions Fatales' - A Wicked Collection from Parfums Quartana
VENETIAN BELLADONNA - Livia poisoned her husband, the Emperor Augustus, with this sweet-smelling poison and it has a long history in Italy where the women used it as eye-drops to dilate their pupils in order to look more seductive - hence bella donna( beautiful woman); this would cause hallucinations, or in wiccan terms, a "flying spell". It is often equated with aggressive female sexuality and was used by Northern Italian witches (streghe) to place seduction spells on men. "Our Belladonna lures you in and then burns you with her hellfire, thanks to the accord, styrax pyrogene!"
FLORAL-FRUITY, FRUITY, SPICY, WOODY-DARK - Cassis, Violet Water, Plum, Sultanene, Cognac, Styrax Pyrogene, Ambrette Seed, Sampaquia, Honey, Purple Iris, Tuberose, Patchouli, Labdanum, Suede, Saffron, Beeswax, Sandalwood, Vetiver
Not only is this the most exciting fragrance concept in years but the scents live up to scrutiny.
Created by New York visionary, Joseph Quartana, this unisex fragrance collection hits the proverbial nail on the head. Perfumes, like all art-forms, are a reflection of the social, political, moral and financial climate at the moment of their birth and Potions Fatales distils many of the disparate influences of 21st century society into glowing liquid.
These fragrances are so much more than a modern-day Theda Bara ( the original Femme Fatale) - they are both inventive and perceptive, an intellectual exercise that explores the darker side of perfume and human emotion.
The alchemy of scent is historic, its ability to captivate, seduce and hypnotise. Its longevity in the memory, its unnerving capacity to transport through time and space. Here Joseph has taken plants associated with witchcraft, with conspiracy and murder and reinvents them as objects of beauty.
Great beauty is always dangerous - think Helen Of Troy - and danger has a seductive power all its own! Love, passion, medicine and death are all interwoven in the long and fascinating annals of these mysterious plants.
'Potions Fatales' are not completely wicked but they are far from innocent!