Witty, über-individualistic Oscar Wilde (1856-1900) has inspired a new French perfume for men by Parisian niche perfumery house Jardins d'Ecrivains. It is simply called Wilde. The writer's real name was Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde, and this shortens it further. This is the first masculine fragrance by the label following up on the unisex George and the feminine Gigi...
Like with the other perfumes by the house, it is the literary and artistic culture of the 19th century which is showcased as a source of inspiration.
The brand explains that it is in particular the famous aphorisms by Oscar Wilde which served as a model to "express a figure of olfactory speech", adding "Words, just like perfumes have the ability to reveal with accuracy".
The Soul of Man under Socialism (1895) is quoted with this excerpt "So that man thought that the important thing was to have, and did not know that the important thing is to be".
The eau de parfum opens on top notes of bergamot and grape followed by a heart of fig, carnation and tea, leaving a more lasting sillage resting on oakmoss and vetiver.
Oscar Wilde was reputed for having a marked fondness for carnations.
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