Parfums Quartana – Les Potions Fatales
Parfums Quartana, Les Potions Fatales is the phantasmagoric fragrance from Joseph Quartana, founder of the critically acclaimed Six Scents Parfums series and former fashion director of the legendary Seven New York. His newest aromas crackle with avant-garde alchemy, black magic, olfactive synergies and miasmatic majesty. Each and every fragrance embodies blood, sweat, tears, toxins and select secretions (literally and metaphorically) that range from blood accord, wet moss, styrax, black vinyl, leather, violet leaf and vanilla. “One night I was watching Breaking Bad, the episode where Walter White makes poison from lily of the valley, the flower, and I had a eureka moment. I wanted sublimate and synthesize that concept into a ‘poison perfume,’” said the fragrance whiz. Offered in a niftily packaged range of nine scents (done in cahoots with the ace perfumers over at Symrise), Les Potions Fatales is inspired by a toxiferous flower, engendering a complex, ultra-fragrant elixir unlike any other aromas out there. All of the namesake notes have a wicked narrative or legend associated with them — carnage, coup d’états, nihilism and the blind nature of natural selection — which makes the series a sexy parfum proposition. Our favorite is Digitalis, a delightful concoction of coriander, jasmine and cucumber that has inexplicable seductive powers and makes girls wanna fuck hard. Check out each excellent aroma below.
Bloodflower ~ developed by perfumer Alexandra Carlin. “Look at my blood flowers, because I write with a serene sharp blade that soothes as much as cuts into the deepest parts of my soul” — Basith An aromatic woody boozy gourmand, with licorice, anise, blood accord, clover, orris, dark rose, amber and patchouli. $145, in Eau de Parfum.
Digitalis ~ developed by perfumer David Apel. “The foxglove bells, with lolling tongue, Will not reveal what peals were rung In Faery, in Faery, A thousand ages gone.” —Mary Webb (Foxglove is the common name for Digitalis) A fresh oceanic spicy green, with galbanum, iris, cucumber, basil, pepper, ozone, coriander, florozone, violet, neroli, rose, jasmine, gentiane, incense, fern, wet moss and violet leaf. $145, in Eau de Parfum.
Hemlock ~ developed by perfumer Christelle Laprade. “Socrates gave a lot of advice, and he was given hemlock to drink” — Rose Kennedy A green woody spicy synthetic oriental, with rum, pink pepper, bergamot, crushed leaves, glossy white floral, cinnamon, clove, jasmine, styrax, black vinyl accord, magnolia, cyclamen, salt, benzoin, vanilla, suede, sandalwood, patchouli, tonka bean, musk and masculine amber woods. $145, in Eau de Toilette.
Lily of the Valley ~ developed by perfumer Nathalie Benareau. “Sweetest of the flowers a-blooming In the fragrant vernal days Is the Lily of the Valley With its soft, retiring ways” — Paul Laurence Dunbar A fresh white leather floral, with bergamot, neroli, dewy petals, cassis buds, muguet des bois, orange blossom, dark rose, jasmine, black leather glove accord, labdanum, vetiver, vanilla and sandalwood. $165, in Eau de Parfum.
Mandrake ~ developed by perfumer Carlos J. Vinals. “Go, and catch a falling star, Get with child a mandrake root, Tell me, where all past years are, Or who cleft the Devil’s foot.” — John Donne A fruity green woody leather, with apple, pomegranate, birch leaf, birch root, bergamot, mandrake flower accord, rhubarb, cardamom, sueded leather, deadly addiction accord, patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood and tonka bean. $145, in Eau de Parfum.
Midnight Datura ~ developed by perfumer Lisa Fleischmann. “Any man who falls asleep after smelling datura will fall in love with the first woman he sees” — Anonymous A fresh creamy boozy fruity amber floral with powder, featuring green leaf, mandarin, bergamot, davana, rum, jasmine, tuberose, magnolia, muguet, rose, violet, lavender, heliotrope, datura, clove, nutmeg, pepper, balsam, patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood, cedar, amber and musk. $165, in Eau de Parfum.
Poppy Soma ~ developed by perfumer Emilie Coppermann. “The poppy opes her scarlet purse of dreams.” — Sharmel Iris A smoky spicy floriental, with Sichuan pepper, curry leaf, red pepper, gardenia, jasmine, rose, old church incense, labdanum, tuberose, styrax and Tonkin musk. $185, in Eau de Parfum.
Venetian Belladonna ~ developed by perfumer Pierre-Constantin Gueros. “Non tradire una bella donna.” (Do not betray a beautiful woman) — Anonymous A spicy woody fruity floral with cassis, violet water, plum, sultanene, cognac, styrax, ambrette, sampaquia, honey, iris, tuberose, patchouli, labdanum, suede, saffron, beeswax, sandalwood and vetiver. $165, in Eau de Parfum.
Wolfsbane ~ developed by perfumer Philippe Paparella-Paris. “The lolling weeds of Lether, green or wan, Exhale their fatal languors on the light; From out infernal grails of aconite Poisons and dews are proffered to the dawn.” — Clark Ashton Smith (Aconite is the common name for wolfsbane). An animalic spicy woods, with angelica root, fig leaf, cumin, ginger, absinthe, patchouli, cedard, tuberose, tobacco flower, castoreum, benzoin, sandalwood, prunol, vetiver, deer tonque and black truffles. $185, in Eau de Parfum.