État Libre d'Orange - The Afternoon of a Faun
Shameless, cried the critics when Nijinsky danced his interpretation of the famously carnal poem by Mallarme, The Afternoon of a Faun, about a faun who awakes from his midday slumber and begins to relive his many sexual exploits of that morning. The line between reality and fantasy is blurred, but the sensuality is real. And this is a perfume that traces the line of that shocking sensuality and licentiousness with a slow, deliberate finger.
The Afternoon of a Faun is a fragrance that balances an austere, greenish chypre sensibility with the sensual feel of immortelle, which smells like coffee, maple syrup, exotic curry spices, hay, and leather. It is sexy and rounded, but also severe, like the snap of a black whip on trembling white flesh. There is also a wonderfully complex, natural outdoors feel to this perfume, with a sort of soft, leaf-brown bed in the base for all the cavorting of that naughty faun.
Notes: bergamot, pepper, cinnamon, incense, rose, immortelle, orris, jasmine, myrrh, moss, leather, benzoin