When we think of the ingredients that compose our favorite scents, we think of those that are naturally sourced and super fragrant. For example, it's likely that your favorite fragrance starts off with a heavy base note of musk. After that, maybe it has a floral mid-note that's thanks to something like rose, gardenia, or honeysuckle. Finally, the top notes might come from a fresh sharp-smelling plant like mint or citrus.
Even though every fragrance is unique, those are what we would consider to be traditional perfume ingredients. What we wouldn't consider to be traditional fragrance ingredients, however, are plants that are used in the making of illegal narcotics. Yet that's exactly what one British brand is using to create its newest fragrance collection.
Let us introduce you to Clive Christian's new Addictive Arts Collection, which harnesses the scents of "mood- and mind-enhancing narcotics," to create a super-luxurious (and somewhat illicit) set of fragrances that retail for a casual $825 a bottle. Seriously. Keep reading to see these new fragrances for yourself.
First, let's establish some background information. Clive Christian is a British fragrance company dating back to 1872. It's known for its ultra-luxurious packaging and expertly balanced formulations. You might recognize their products from the glass crown–tipped bottles that look like they belong in a museum or auction house, even though they usually sit on the shelves of high-end department stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Harrods.
When you take all of this into account, the new Addictive Arts collection is a somewhat surprising direction for the brand. Here's the lowdown: There are six different fragrances in the collection. No matter which one you pick, it will include notes of wormwood (which is more commonly known for its use in absinthe), coca leaf (the plant that's used to produce cocaine), or opium poppy. The six fragrances are paired off in twos, based on the complimentary notes in each one.
The specific narcotic variation that piqued our interest was the Euphoric Feminine Chasing the Dragon fragrance. It's a heavy floral concoction, blending together notes of ylang-ylang, jasmine, narcissus, and cassis plants, amber, oakwood, musk, and vanilla. (That's on top of the aforementioned narcotic ingredients.) The brand describes it as "dark," "rich," and "heady." There's also the Jump Up and Kiss Me Ecstatic Feminine ($825), which combines notes of tuberose, mandarin, pink pepper, and rose and orange flower against a backdrop of suede and sandalwood. Just like the brand itself, this narcotic-inspired fragrance is rich and luxurious.
Clearly, $825 for a bottle of perfume is expensive (understatement), but for those who are willing to spring for it, the scents from this Addictive Arts Collection would make for a truly memorable and extravagant gift. Seriously, imagine telling people they're smelling coca leaf or opium poppy when they ask what perfume you're wearing—that's something that doesn't happen every day.
Head to Bergdorf Goodman to see all the fragrances that are part of this collection. Until then, check out the winter fragrances that will make you feel like you're wearing a cozy sweater.
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