Junky: the avant-garde tale of a literary-inspired fragrance

There is something incredibly alluring when a fragrance has a story behind it. Some perfumers bottle the elusive aroma of vintage books, while others perfectly distill a storyline or fictional heroes and heroines into a truly olfactory delight.

Inspired by William S. Burroughs 1953 novel Junkie, the latest fragrance by Jardins d’Ecrivains does the latter. Leading us into the lifestyle of one of the most avant-garde figures of the Beat Generation via the power of scent, we are taken on an olfactory journey through the extreme experiences reflected in the book.

So, quite understandably, this is very much a complex aroma. It opens with top notes of cannabis, palisander rosewood and galbanum, before drawing you into the mysterious heart which combines violet, iris and gardenia. The unique, woody base notes of cashmeran, cedar and cade are softened by frankincense and myrrh, alongside a delightful dash of vetiver.

It’s fun, interesting and utterly different.

Jardins d’Ecrivains Junky, £73 for 100ml eau de parfum
Try it at: Bloom Perfumery

Written by Alice Jones

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