““If I asked you to name a poisonous flower chances are Hemlock would be one of the ones you named. Famous for being the method of execution of Socrates for corrupting the young men of Athens. The perfume Mr. Quartana collaborated on with perfumer Christelle Laprade is meant to carry a bit of that corruption the philosopher was imparting so long ago. Mme Laprade starts with an accord which reminded me very strongly of when I used to open a new vinyl record and the smell of the fresh-pressed plastic would arise from the sleeve. Other corrupting influences like leather and rum show up as well.
Hemlock opens with that fantastic fresh vinyl accord. I was enchanted by this from the first time I smelled it through to every time I wear it. Mme Laprade then adds a coterie of spices with clove, cinnamon, and pink pepper transforming it from synthetic plastic to something more vital. A rum accord is next which is melded with a synthetic white floral accord. There is nothing natural about the florals at the heart of Hemlock. It is an appropriate progression from the vinyl to in essence synthetic flowers. This heads into a leather and patchouli base sweetened a bit by vanilla and benzoin.
Hemlock has 12-14 hour longevity and average sillage.
Hemlock is one of my favorites in this collection, The embrace of the unnatural carries a large amount of appeal for me.”
“Overall I’m super pumped to have Hemlock in my collection, it’s very unique and doesn’t smell like anything else that I own, and I own over a thousand bottles so that says something”
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“Hemlock is uniquely restrained. Upon first wear it comes across as a sweet, (indistinctly) floral-vanillic fragrance but the more I wear it the more I pick up on a whole plethora of subtleties. Theres a spicy facet, giving the sweetness a nice little bite without straying into autumnal spice-cake territory. The addition of rum gives the opening a unique depth. I pick up a touch of incense that coupled with the smoothness of the composition gives the whole thing a sort of milky-smoky-sweetness that somehow straddles the tightrope of edible and atmospheric. It's at once cordially familiar, and subtly alien. To be quite honest, much much better than I initially expected.
I have thoroughly enjoyed testing this and look forward to trying both more perfumes from the Quartana line, as well as more fragrances by Christelle Laprade."
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