In my review of The Infidels, I covered the “aim” of Agonist — selling expensive, limited edition bottles with perfume inside. Even though pricy, glass/crystal bottles don’t tempt me, I still wanted to try Liquid Crystal — Agonist’s fourth perfume/bottle release.
Liquid Crystal was created by Fabrice Pellegrin (perfumer) and Åsa Jungnelius (Kosta Boda glass artist). Liquid Crystal includes notes of bergamot, artemisia, spices, cloves, orange, lavender, incense, patchouli, vetiver, white amber, tonka bean, labdanum and cedar.
Liquid Crystal opens smooth, with lush notes of orange, bergamot, lavender and some almost-smoky wormwood. The combined opening notes produce, believe it or not, a rich, ripe mango aroma. Slowly, lavender leaf comes to the fore; this is lavender with a hint of menthol-clove and delicious vanilla — a beautiful combination. Liquid Crystal’s amber-y base notes are sheer: slightly powdery labdanum-frankincense mixed with patchouli and “candied” tonka bean. Liquid Crystal's lavender note never disappears; it provides a touch of herbal greenness even during the fragrance's extreme dry down, when cedar, musk and more tonka bean/vanilla appear.
Liquid Crystal is a well-made, lovely fragrance that reminds me of classic Shalimar and Jicky; it’s suitable for men or women and has “calm” sillage and good lasting power. Only 300 bottles of Liquid Crystal were made for sale; each bottle (refillable) contains 50 ml of Eau de Parfum and sells for — sit down — $1,150 (a price that makes Agonist The Infidels, at $495, seem downright inexpensive).
Agonist treats fragrance like a “gift with purchase” — buy an expensive bottle and get some perfume too. After smelling Liquid Crystal, I’ve come to the conclusion that since I don’t collect glass, it’s silly for me to search out samples of Agonist fragrances that I’ll never be able to buy…even when I want to buy them!
Agonist Liquid Crystal is available at Luckyscent.