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PARFUMS QUARTANA: Les Potions Fatales

— nine award-winning perfumes inspired by the world's most deadly poison flowers —

Pick Your Poison

Perfume Extraordinaire Winner: Les Potions Fatales by PARFUMS QUARTANA

"Even bees, the little almsmen of spring bowers, know there is richest juice in poison flowers" - John Keats 

Les Potions Fatales explores the treacherous beauty and intriguing lore behind nine of the world’s most poisonous flowers. At once tantalizing and perilous, these mortal fleurs have been used to nefarious ends throughout history. Yield to their charms and surrender to a fragrant femme fatale (or homme fatale) seductive on the outside but ultimately dark, sinister, and dangerous. 

Created by Joseph Quartana, founder of both Six Scents Parfums and the former cutting-edge fashion boutique Seven New York, PARFUMS QUARTANA is a new premium fragrance line within the Six Scents umbrella exploring singular themes through a series of prestigious limited-edition scents. The brand is the culmination of Joseph Quartana’s unique vision, produced in small batches using the finest ingredients and precious oils that are fair-trade, cruelty-free, and as "green" as can be. 

Poppy Soma, one of the nine "poison flower" fragrances within Les Potions Fatales, won the coveted Perfume Extraordinaire Award at the 2017 Fragrance Foundation Awards held at Lincoln Center in New York City.  The prize itself was presented by actress Katie Holmes to Joseph Quartana, Emilie Coppermann, and David Apel.

Les Potions Fatales was perfected over the course of 2.5 years with the accomplished noses of our fine fragrance partner Symrise.   

A portion of proceeds from sales of these fragrances will benefit the American Association of Poison Control Centers 

All original artwork by Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic. Based in NY and Tokyo, Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic has been exhibited at the MoMA, The White House, Art Basel, and his work is a part of the Smithsonian Collection. He was awarded as Top 40 Alumni of Pratt Institute and the SCOPE Grand Prize. @aerosynlex 

Les Potions Fatales was released globally in November 2016 to select prestige apothecaries, boutiques, department stores, and hotels.  See our list of stockists for a store near you.  

PARFUMS QUARTANA: "Les Petites Morts" Discovery Set

All 9 x 2mL Samples of Les Potions Fatales

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PRESS HIGHLIGHTS for Les Potions Fatales by PARFUMS QUARTANA:

WINNER - 2017 Fragrance Foundation Parfum Extraordinaire of the Year Award

Best of 2016 Lists in Fragrantica, Persefume, Das Duft Tagebuch, and Brooklyn Fragrance Lover

"File this under the most badass fragrance line in history."InStyle

"Each of the collection's nine scents is inspired by a poisonous flower, making for a complex, intoxicating elixir of accords unlike anything else on the market. That most of the namesake botanicals have a treacherous history or legend attached — think murders, rituals, coups — only makes them more seductive." — Hint Mag

"His newest aromas crackle with avant-garde alchemy, black magic, olfactive synergies and miasmatic majesty." — VIVISXN

"What we found most curious was the seamless fusion of modernity and esoterism behind each elixir – all pleasantly, and at times, alarmingly intoxicating." — Superfuture

"Digitalis, the best Aquatic fragrance ever created?" — The Scented Apprentice

"We have not seen such deliberate planning, purposeful composition, and meticulous execution as we have seen with Les Potions Fatales. The nine eau de parfums tell separate, idiosyncratic stories that trace the etymology of each deadly flower, whether real or mythical, for which we would hate to see an antidote." — StyleZeitgeist

"One of the coolest origin stories around: The catalyst for these new parfums was a Breaking Bad episode (particularly the one in which Walter White makes poison using the Lily of the Valley flower)." — Yahoo Beauty

"Behind the fatal potions are the shadows of Joseph’s homme and femme fatales, the caliginous souls he wants us to offer ourselves up to, drowning in their olfactive games of oblivion." Ca Fleure Bon

"I think this is a collection which should be sought out by those who enjoy something different in their perfume." — Colognoisseur

"The perfume Venetian Belladonna alone could substitute the rest of Les Potions Fatales, because its smell perfectly captures the meaning of the collection's name: floral fruity sweet, mesmerizing and inviting in a smarmy way. You're trapped and smitten by its tenderness, although you already hear how its lulling purring is turning into a hungry, anticipating growling. But you are not afraid, you are bewitched with desire and live in a delirium."Fragrantica

 

Venetian Belladonna

50 mL / 1.7 oz. Bottle
$165 USD
2mL / 0.07 oz. Sample Vial
$7 USD
9 x 2mL PARFUMS QUARTANA: Les Potions Fatales "Les Petites Morts" Discovery Set
$56 USD

Designer: Parfums Quartana
Perfumer: Pierre-Constantin Gueros 
Series:  Les Potions Fatales 
Release Date:  September 2016 

"Non tradire una bella donna..." 
(Do not betray a beautiful woman, or she'll poison your wine)
— Anonymous   

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

@15% Eau de Parfum

COMMENTARY: Belladonna is a sweet smelling poison with a rich tradition as a poison flower going back to ancient times when Livia used it to poison the Roman Emperor Augustus.  Literally translating to ‘beautiful woman’, medieval Italian witches would put belladonna droplets into their eyes to dilate their pupils as they believed this made them appear more attractive; this would also 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 Venetian Belladonna starts her muti-faceted seduction with a dewy green opening, to ambery, honeyed beeswax, on to drunken tuberose, and down to a sueded musk, all while burning you with her hellfire, thanks to the accord styrax pyrogene.

Our 50mL box comes factory heat-sealed in a tamper-resistant, transparent chrome mylar pouch.

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The purchase of our Les Potions-Fatales Discovery Set (available below) unlocks the $50 discount code "IveBeenPoisoned" which can be used during checkout at a later date of your choosing toward a full size bottle of Les Potions-Fatales, thus making the Discovery Set FREE!  You try before you buy with no risk!

Bloodflower

50 mL / 1.7 oz. Bottle
$145 USD
2mL / 0.07 oz. Sample Vial
$6 USD
9 x 2mL PARFUMS QUARTANA Les Potions Fatales "Les Petites Morts" Discovery Set
$56 USD

Designer:  Parfums Quartana 
Perfumer: Alexandra Carlin 
Series:  Les Potions Fatales 
Release Date:  September 2016 

"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

AROMATIC, BOOZY, GOURMAND, AMBER, METALLIC, WOODY-DARK

Licorice, Anise, Blood Accord, Clover, Orris, Dark Rose, Amber, Patchouli

@18% Eau de Parfum

COMMENTARY: Bloodflower is an exquisite, haute-Goth experience composed of a metallic and salty blood accord combined with black Sambuca, a heady Italian dessert liquor made from anise and licorice.The result unapologetically imagines what a vampire might be thinking when he/she drinks the blood oozing from your neck. The bloodflower’s other key feature is its role in the transformation of the Monarch Caterpillar into the majestic Monarch Butterfly, so we captured this vital metamorphosis in the dry-down, and you'll notice the fragrance transforms quite quickly right in front of one's nose, into a warm, spicy heart.To further round it out, we imbued the fragrance with rose for dark romance and various spices for passion.

Our 50mL box comes factory heat-sealed in a tamper-resistant, transparent chrome mylar pouch.

Fragrantica Reviews Here...

The purchase of our Les Potions-Fatales Discovery Set (available below) unlocks the $50 discount code "IveBeenPoisoned' which can be used during checkout at a later date of your choosing toward a full size bottle of Les Potions-Fatales, thus making the Discovery Set FREE!  You try before you buy with no risk!

Midnight Datura

50 mL / 1.7 oz. Bottle
$165 USD
2mL / 0.07 oz. Sample Vial
$7 USD
9 x 2mL PARFUMS QUARTANA Les Potions Fatales "Les Petites Morts" Discovery Set
$56 USD

Designer: Parfums Quartana
Perfumer: Lisa Fleischmann 
Series:  Les Potions Fatales 
Release Date:  September 2016 

"Any man who falls asleep after smelling datura
will fall in love with the first woman he sees"
— Anonymous  

FLORAL-FRESH, FLORAL-FRUITY, CREAMY, BOOZY, POWDER, AMBER

Green leaf, Mandarin, Bergamot, Davana, Rum, Jasmine, Tuberose, Magnolia, Muguet, Rose, Violet, Lavender, Heliotrope, Datura, Clove, Nutmeg, Pepper, Balsam, Patchouli, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Amber, Musk

@17% Eau de Parfum

COMMENTARY:  Also known as “moonflower”, Datura is a wonderfully fragrant night-blooming poison flower that has been an essential ingredient in love potions throughout history, and is known to induce visions and a trance-like state. Datura itself has aphrodisiac qualities and fittingly, its white flowers open at nighttime, glowing in the moonlight. As such it was used for the worship of Diana/Artemis, goddess of the moon and hunt. Featuring ten flowers, our Datura fragrance is a voluptuous super-floral tinged with a platinum powdery luminosity, drunken with delight from rum, and on the hunt for ?    

Our 50mL box comes factory heat-sealed in a tamper-resistant, transparent chrome mylar pouch.

Fragrantica Reviews Here...

The purchase of our Les Potions-Fatales Discovery Set (available below) unlocks the $50 discount code "IveBeenPoisoned' which can be used during checkout at a later date of your choosing toward a full size bottle of Les Potions-Fatales, thus making the Discovery Set FREE!  You try before you buy with no risk!

Digitalis

50 mL / 1.7 oz. Bottle
$145 USD
2mL / 0.07 oz. Sample Vial
$6 USD
9 x 2mL Les Potions Fatales "Les Petites Morts" Discovery Set
$56 USD

Designer: Parfums Quartana 
Perfumer: David Apel 
Series:  Les Potions Fatales 
Release Date:  September 2016 

"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)

GREEN, FRESH-CLEAN, OCEANIC, SPICY

Galbanum, Silver Iris, Cucumber, Basil, Pepper, Ozone, Coriander, Florozone, Drenched Violet, Neroli, Rose, Jasmine, Gentiane, Incense, Fern, Wet Moss, Violet Leaf

@16% Eau de Parfum

COMMENTARY:  Digitalis, aka "Foxglove" is a poison flower that has a tradition of being used by the pagans of Northern Europe to summon ritualistically woodland spirits such as fairies and elves. Thus we created a sparkly, fresh ozonic fragrance that suggests the presence of fairies, set along the banks of a fresh, cold stream flowing through a patch of dense Spring forest. It is the most innocent, whimsical and childlike of all our fatal potions and wears nicely as a daytime scent but can transition to evening with relative ease given its sophisticated and well-balanced aromatic complexity.  

Our 50mL box comes factory heat-sealed in a tamper-resistant, transparent chrome mylar pouch.

Fragrantica Reviews Here...

The purchase of our Les Potions-Fatales Discovery Set (available below) unlocks the $50 discount code "IveBeenPoisoned' which can be used during checkout at a later date of your choosing toward a full size bottle of Les Potions-Fatales, thus making the Discovery Set FREE!  You try before you buy with no risk!

Hemlock

50 mL / 1.7 oz. Bottle
$145 USD
2mL / 0.07 oz. Sample Vial
$6 USD
9 x 2mL PARFUMS QUARTANA Les Potions Fatales "Les Petites Morts" Discovery Set
$56 USD

Designer: Parfums Quartana 
Perfumer: Christelle Laprade 
Series:  Les Potions Fatales 
Release Date:  September 2016 

"Socrates gave a lot of advice, and he was given hemlock to drink" 
— Rose Kennedy 

GREEN, ORIENTAL, SYNTHETIC, WOODY-SPICY

Martinique Rum, Pink Pepper, Calabrian Bergamot, Crushed Leaves, Glossy White Floral, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Buds, Jasmine Sambac, Styrax Pyrogene, Black Vinyl Accord, Black Magnolia, Cyclamen, Salt, Benzoin, Vanilla Bean, Suede, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Tonka Bean, Musk, Masculine Amber Woods

@12% Eau de Toilette

COMMENTARY:   In Ancient Greece, a small, delicate yet highly poisonous white flower called hemlock was used to execute condemned prisoners, the most famous being the philosopher Socrates. It is partial to growing in grassy fields, so we started with green grass and white floral as backdrop. To represent the wicked poison liquid itself, Christelle created the first ever black-vinyl accord for perfumery from scratch, which imagines the boots, corset, whip and spirit of an S&M dominatrix, to create a contrasting tension between its natural and synthetic elements. This floral, green, and black-vinyl bondage session takes place on a bed of the most creamy, debaucherous vanilla we could find.

Our 50mL box comes factory heat-sealed in a tamper-resistant, transparent chrome mylar pouch.

Fragrantica Reviews Here...

The purchase of our Les Potions-Fatales Discovery Set (available below) unlocks the $50 discount code "IveBeenPoisoned' which can be used during checkout at a later date of your choosing toward a full size bottle of Les Potions-Fatales, thus making the Discovery Set FREE!  You try before you buy with no risk!

Lily of the Valley

50 mL / 1.7 oz. Bottle
$165 USD
2mL / 0.07 oz. Sample Vial
$7 USD
9 x 2mL PARFUMS QUARTANA Les Potions Fatales "Les Petites Morts" Discovery Set
$56 USD

Designer: Parfums Quartana 
Perfumer: Nathalie Benareau 
Series:  Les Potions Fatales 
Release Date:  September 2016 

"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  

FLORAL-FRESH, FLORAL-WHITE, FRESH-CITRUS, LEATHER

Bergamot, Neroli, Dewy Petals, Cassis Buds, Muguet des Bois, Orange Blossom Absolute, Dark Rose Absolute, Jasmine Petals, Black Leather Glove Accord, Labdanum Extract, Vetiver Bourbon, Vanilla Absolute, Sandalwood

@18% Eau de Parfum

COMMENTARY:  Said to grow from the tears of the weeping Virgin Mary, Lily of the Valley is a small, delicate, bell-shaped white flower cherished for its purity and innocence, and traditionally used as a symbol of Spring vernal splendor.  Few realize it is also extremely deadly and its use as a poison on the television show 'Breaking Bad' in fact inspired this collection of poison flower scents.  Our Lily of the Valley fragrance flips the idea of purity and innocence on its head to emphasize its potential use as a fatal poison.  We corrupted its creamy white-floral essence by wrapping it in a conceptual “black shroud”, and spiking its heart with cassis (blackcurrant liquor), which pulls you down into a supple base of leathery darkness.  It is a celebration of IMPURITY, de-virginization, and as such represents "the wedding dress the next day".    

Our 50mL box comes factory heat-sealed in a tamper-resistant, transparent chrome mylar pouch.

Fragrantica Reviews Here...

The purchase of our Les Potions-Fatales Discovery Set (available below) unlocks the $50 discount code "IveBeenPoisoned' which can be used during checkout at a later date of your choosing toward a full size bottle of Les Potions-Fatales, thus making the Discovery Set FREE!  You try before you buy with no risk!

Mandrake

50 mL / 1.7 oz. Bottle
$145 USD
2mL / 0.07 oz. Sample Vial
$6 USD
9 x 2mL PARFUMS QUARTANA Les Potions Fatales "Les Petites Morts" Discovery Set
$56 USD

Designer: Parfums Quartana
Perfumer: Carlos J. Vinals 
Series:  Les Potions Fatales  
Release Date:  September 2016 

"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  

GREEN, FRESH-FRUIT, NARCOTIC, LEATHER, WOODY-DARK

Crisp Apple, Pomegranate, Birch Leaf, Birch Root, Bergamot, Mandrake Flower Accord, Rhubarb, Cardamom, Sueded Leather, Deadly Addiction Accord, Patchouli, Madagascar Vanilla, Sandalwood, Tonka

@17% Eau de Parfum

COMMENTARY:  In biblical scripture, mandrake was referred to as ‘the love plant’ and was thought to have male fertility enhancing properties when taken in small dosage.  Long used in Wiccan ritual, it's said to only grow in a spot where the seed of a hanged man has dripped onto the ground, thus insuring the plant is charged with an usual, masculine creative energy.  Mandrake flowers naturally smell of ripe apple which we loved; we reinforced this with a red fruit heart of crisp apple, juicy pomegranate and tart rhubarb.  Its roots were thought to emit a fatal, supersonic scream when dug up (if you have ever seen the Harry Potter films) which we represented through birch leaf, birch root and a sharp aromatic note suggesting its infamous, deadly shriek.  Carlos grounded it all with 'Deadly Addiction Accord', a creamy, gourmand woody base he developed specifically for this scent.

Our 50mL box comes factory heat-sealed in a tamper-resistant, transparent chrome mylar pouch.

Fragrantica Reviews Here...

The purchase of our Les Potions-Fatales Discovery Set (available below) unlocks the $50 discount code "IveBeenPoisoned" which can be used during checkout at a later date of your choosing toward a full size bottle of Les Potions-Fatales, thus making the Discovery Set FREE!  You try before you buy with no risk!

Poppy Soma

50 mL / 1.7 oz. Bottle
$185 USD
2mL / 0.07 oz. Sample Vial
$8 USD
9 x 2mL PARFUMS QUARTANA Les Potions Fatales "Les Petites Morts" Discovery Set
$56 USD

Designer: Parfums Quartana
Perfumer: Emilie Coppermann 
Series:  Les Potions Fatales 
Release Date:  September 2016 
***2017 Fragrance Foundation Awards Winner: Perfume Extraordinaire of the Year

"The poppy opes her scarlet purse of dreams." 
— Sharmel Iris   

FLORIENTAL, SMOKY, NARCOTIC, SPICY, AMBER

Sichuan Pepper, Curry Leaf, Red Pepper, Black Gardenia, Jasmine Sambac, Red Rose, Old Church Incense, Labdanum, Tuberose, Styrax, Musk Tonquin

20% Parfum concentration

COMMENTARY:  Known to the Ancient Sumerians as “the joy plant”, the red poppy symbolized nocturnal oblivion in the pre-Christian world,specifically sleep, night, and death. Translating to "moon" because it would glow in the dark fields, Soma is the sweet, milky sap that oozes from the bulbs which is collected and then processed into raw smokable opium gum. As the Chinese used the poppy for sex, we wished to impart a sweaty, musky sensuality to spicy, intoxicating smoke, and imagined two warm nude bodies in embrace, intertwined in hallucinogenic fever, and chasing a fiery dragon into the clouds above. Poppy Soma won Perfume Extraordinaire, the only blindfolded prize at the 2017 Fragrance Foundation Awards.

Our 50mL box comes factory heat-sealed in a tamper-resistant, transparent chrome mylar pouch.

Fragrantica Reviews Here...

The purchase of our Les Potions-Fatales Discovery Set (available below) unlocks the $50 discount code "IveBeenPoisoned" which can be used during checkout at a later date of your choosing toward a full size bottle of Les Potions-Fatales, thus making the Discovery Set FREE!  You try before you buy with no risk!

Wolfsbane

50 mL / 1.7 oz. Bottle
$185 USD
2mL / 0.07 oz. Sample Vial
$8 USD
9 x 2mL PARFUMS QUARTANA Les Potions Fatales "Les Petites Morts" Discovery Set
$56 USD

Designer:  Parfums Quartana  
Perfumer: Philippe Paparella-Paris  
Series:  Les Potions Fatales  
Release Date:  September 2016

Named a Best of 2017 fragrance by the UK olfactory blog Persolaise!

"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)

ANIMALIC, EARTHY, SPICY, BALSAMIC, WOODY-DARK

Angelica Root, Fig Leaf, Cumin Seed, Ginger Root, Absinthe, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Tuberose, Tobacco Flower, Castoreum, Benzoin, Sandalwood, Prunol (spicy black plum), Vetiver, Deer Tongue (a type of medicinal tobacco), Luxurious Black Truffles

@18% Eau de Parfum

COMMENTARY:  Originally used in the West for exterminating wolf populations and in the Far East for hunting and warfare, Wolfsbane is a poison flower delivered via arrow tip.  As our first proper masculine fragrance, we blended a trinity of masculine "yang" elements, specifically the animalic ferocity of the wolf, the virile bravery of the hunter, and the adrenaline-fueled rage of the warrior, with dark, rich, forboding, night time wood, resulting in an elegant but unapologetically "beastly" EDP for men.  Absinthe in the heart adds a hallucinogenic dimension.

Our 50mL box comes factory heat-sealed in a tamper-resistant, transparent chrome mylar pouch.

Fragrantica Reviews Here...

The purchase of our Les Potions-Fatales Discovery Set (available below) unlocks the $50 discount code "IveBeenPoisoned" which can be used during checkout at a later date of your choosing toward a full size bottle of Les Potions-Fatales, thus making the Discovery Set FREE!  You try before you buy with no risk!

PARFUMS QUARTANA: Les Potions-Fatales "Les Petites Morts" 9 x 2mL Discovery Pack

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PARFUMS QUARTANA: Les Potions-Fatales "Les Petites Morts" discovery packs contain all nine parfums in 2mL atomizer vials.  They are the perfect way to experience their dark seduction and ideal for travel too.

Contains 2mL atomizer spray vials of Venetian Belladonna, Bloodflower, Midnight Datura, Digitalis, Hemlock, Lily of the Valley, Mandrake, Poppy Soma, and Wolfsbane.

Each 2mL vial lasts approximately 1 week with normal usage.

Our discovery set comes factory heat-sealed in a tamper-resistant, liquid mirror chrome mylar pouch with a 'Q' hologram seal of authenticity.

Discovery Set is essentially free with redemption of the $50 discount code "IveBeenPoisoned' during checkout of a purchase of a full size bottle of Les Potions-Fatales.

 

 

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