November 01, 2018
You’ve got your Morticia outfit, liner and Halloween Special FX inspo at the ready. Your Spotify playlist includes the spine-chilling, gloomy likes of Bauhaus, Joy Division, Siouxsie and Marilyn Manson. But what of your perfume? Fragrance, that most evocative and elusive of mediums, is perhaps the perfect way to subtly conjure Halloween’s dark arts.
Back in the eighties, the original goths carried with them the waft of acrid patchouli oil or smouldering sandalwood incense sticks, burnt avidly whilst listening to that essential new Sisters of Mercy album.
Thankfully these days there are more sophisticated scents to choose from; a plethora of resinous ambers, piquant spices and depth charged woods are at your disposal should you wish to explore perfume’s dark side on this spookiest of nights.
"With deep forests being the natural home of witches, ghouls and spirits, scents with dark and deep woody or resinous notes are quintessential fragrances for Halloween” says Les Senteurs perfume expert, James Craven. "These unnerving accords have a life of their own. Powerful and seemingly uncontrollable scents which take over the wearer and invest them with unheard-of sorcery.”
Once you start cloaking yourself with the more profound elixirs in the perfumery lexicon, it can become addictive. For these are the perfumes that real hardcore perfume lovers love. Depth-charged and mysterious these are scents that inveigle your consciousness, and hang hauntingly in the air.
“Reasons to be drawn to darker, heavier fragrances is the sense of empowerment and liberation they can give and the thrill in bewitching another human being and bringing them under your spell.”
The choice of dark side scents is more dizzying than ever R.N. Should you wish to cast a retro spell there’s nothing more appropriate than classic 80s 'fume, Poison by Dior, full of hot Satanic blasts of coriander, wildberries tuberose and sweet myrrh. For a modern take, Six Scents Les Potions Fatales is a collection of fragrances all based on poisonous plants like Hemlock and Mandrake, which is about as ghoulish as it gets. Or look to oudh or agarwood, the latest addition to any dark side perfumery wardrobe. What’s truly lovely about these fragrances is that they last and last - and they speak to your spirit too.
So as you make up, immerse in ghoulish music and magic up your supernatural vibe, dabble in these dark-approved perfumes. Like an invisible spell in a bottle, they may just be your best sensory phantom yet...