I think this Harrods exclusive launch will be exciting for fragrance fans. It’s created by Daphne Bugey who has made fragrance for brands such as Issey Miyaki, Byblos and Jean Paul Gaultier. 32 Venenum is part of a six piece Botanical Range where the naturals aromas of plants are the stars of each one. When fragrance creators get inspired and then busy, anything can happen, so if I told you that this features notes of bread, milk and spicy tea, you might think it should smell of breakfast.
There is something creamy and spicy about it, but it’s woody and warm at the same time. The sandalwood is gentle and deep and overall, it’s a fragrance that you could settle down with in a cosy sweater, sipping hot chai and reading Passage to India. There’s comfort in this but a sensuality as well – intriguing really. I love the fact that the number on the bottle, 32, indicates the number of trials required before Daphne felt the scent was completely right. Violaceum (a leathery-violet mix – sounds divine) has the number 2 in front of it which we hope will make up for the torture that Mirablis must have been, carrying the number 60! These creations are pricey at £155. Disappointingly, they’re not available on line (yet) but I’m sure you can ring Harrods; where there’s a will, there’s a way!
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