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In this theme
Discover the sinister side of floral perfume.
The Victorians, famous for their gothic revival and dark aesthetic, used flowers to send messages: a lily spoke of death, a red fuchsia signalled “I like you”, honeysuckle stood for devotion, and a poppy indicated one’s heart belonging to another. As sweet tokens, flowers became the delicate language of love from the forbidden to the unrequited and even to the tragic. Interwoven with this floral language were the epic gothic novels of the era: from Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein to Louis Stevens’s The Body Snatcher. Throughout these bodice-ripping tales of ghosts, ghouls, beauties and beasts, flowers were used to create gothic bittersweet motifs.
This theme explores the drama and danger that flowers conjure in perfumery, as well the way they intensify spooky, seductive fables and enhance the ferocity of nightmares. In the enclosed selection, you will find examples depicting the power of heady tuberoses, bitter heliotrope, melancholic violets, leathery immortelle and carnal jasmine.