WINTER EscENTIALS 2018: So real — surreal!

Winter is coming and with it our 2018 WINTER EscENTIALS: 12 enigmatic winter perfumes brought to you by Berlin photographer Axel Kranz and set designer Hendrikje Bernhoeft. This still life series is an ode to Surrealism and its border-crossing celebration of the collective unconscious — a courageous dance on the thin line between genius and lunacy.

Follow us on this expedition into the dark season to find the light of olfactive beauty!

SET DESIGN & SYTLING: Hendrikje Bernhoeft


Surreal — so real!

Discover 12 enigmatic winter perfumes.


01.  Montale: So Iris Intense

winter perfume montale

Everything we see hides another thing; we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.

—René Magritte


Monsieur Magritte certainly knew a thing or two about the power of mystery. This opaque gold and blue colored aluminum flacon contains an olfactive enigma worth unraveling: a concoction of highly seductive iris absolue, white musk, and sandalwood.

YEAR: 2017
PERFUMER: Pierre Montale



02. Guerlain: Shalimar Essence

perfume still life shalimar by guerlain

A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.

— Salvador Dalí


Jacques Guerlain created Shalimar as an homage to unconditional love in 1925 — at the height of Surrealism. Shalimar became one of the best-selling perfumes ever, and to this day its olfactive magic hasn’t faded.

YEAR: 1925
PERFUMER: Jacques Guerlain



03. Atkinsons: Gold Fair in Mayfair

perfume still life by axel kranz showing atkinsons 1799

Alternative realities are obtained by slightly bending physical and chemical laws.

—Marcel Duchamp


One drop of perfume can make all the difference in changing the way we feel, think, love, and live. Atkinsons has been practicing the art of bending reality since 1799 and Gold Fair in Mayfair is their latest magic trick.

YEAR: 2018
PERUMER: Philippine Courtière



04. The House of Oud: Golden Powder

winter perfume still life by axel kranz with house of oud

Paintings, like dreams, have a life of their own and I have always painted very much the way I dream.

—Leonor Fini


This dreamlike forest would be the playground for painter Leonor Fini’s tribe of breathtakingly beautiful sprites and nymphs, watching over a mystical golden egg filled with a powder that commands love and fate — now that’s power.

YEAR: 2016
PERFUMER: unknown



05. Dalí Haute Parfumerie: Regard Scintillant De Mille Beautés

perfume still life of Regard Scintillant by Salvador Dali

I don’t do drugs, I am drugs!

—Salvador Dalí


Get hooked on a drug that will open your eyes to a new reality, the essence of beauty concealed by the material world, a reality surreal! This dope is 100 percent legal but has one severe side effect: there’s no way back to normal!

YEAR: 2015
PERFUMER: Alberto Morillas



06. Boucheron: Boucheron Pour Homme

perfume still life by Axel Kranz with Boucheron pour Homme

When I close my eyes, my vision is even more powerful.

—Giorgio de Chirico


What could be a more powerful vision than wild horses dashing along the shores of a distant planet, the surf of a royal blue sea in their flaring nostrils, untamed winds stroking their mane and stirring up clouds of golden sands. Boucheron Pour Homme is your ticket to ride!

YEAR: 1991
PERFUMERS: Francis Deleamont, Jean-Pierre Bethouart, Raymond Chaillan



07. Aedes de Venustas: Copal Azur

copal azur by aedes de venustas in a perfume still life by axel kranz and hendrikje bernhoeft

Give me two hours a day of activity, and I’ll take the other twenty-two in dreams.

—Salvador Dalí


Dream your life away with Copal Azur’s mesmerizing triad of hypnotic copal resin, salt, and amber. This liquid dreamcatcher comes in a night-blue bottle with a sculptural sealing cap to make sure your dreams are always safely stored.

YEAR: 2014
PERFUMER: Bertrand Duchaufour



08.  Mona di Orio: Santal Nabataea

santal nabatea by mona di orio in a perfume still life by axel kranz

Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn’t insanity.

—John Lennon


There’s a fine line between genius and lunacy. Dare to cross it now and then, but only with the right perfume to escort you! With its black pepper, opoponax, and Australian sandalwood, this is your perfect talisman for that journey into the unknown.

Year: 2018
Perfumer: Fredrik Dalman



09. Versace: Pour Homme Dylan Blue

Dylan blue by Versace in a photograph by axel kranz

Good taste is as tiring as good company.

—Francis Picabia


Understated minimalism is an intriguing concept: no hyperboles, no missteps, no pain. But doesn’t it sound a bit bleak and mirthless too? When in doubt, embrace excess, choose abundance, exceed the limits of taste — choose Versace!

YEAR: 2016
PERFUMER: Alberto Morillas



10. Shanghai Tang: Oriental Pearl

fragrance editorial featuring oriental pearl by shanghai tang

I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait.

—Salvador Dalí


Learn from the best and take Señor Dalí’s advice to heart: don’t wear the perfume that represents what you are, but what you want to become — in this case exotic, enigmatic, and strikingly different!

YEAR: 2014
PERFUMER: Carlos Benaim



11. Narciso Rodriguez: For Him Bleu Noir EdP

scent editorial with for him bleu noir by narciso rodriguez

Dive into the river of uncertainty. Create in the dark; only then can you recognize the light.

—Jyrki Vainonen


L’heur bleu, the magical hour when the logic of daylight gives way to the floating wisdom of the night. When gifted souls pour divine intuition into a poem, a painting, or… a dark blue bottle of perfume.

YEAR: 2018
PERFUMER: Sonia Constant



12. S.Ishira: Phi Safarjal

Phi safarja in a surrealist perfume still life

If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream.

—René Magritte


The West has always dreamed of Arabia’s wonders and delights. Our favorite offering by Qatari brand S.Ishira delivers us to its shores — with dates, rose, saffron, and a hint of overripe banana that lingers atop it all. Utterly sensuous!


YEAR: 2016
PERFUMER: Shaikha Al Misned



If you enjoyed our 2018 WINTER EscENTIALS, discover more winter scents here.

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