French niche line Etat Libre d’Orange will launch The Afternoon of a Faun, a new unisex fragrance, in October.
The faun awakes from his mid-day sleep, and contemplates his morning’s encounters with some nymphs. In his reflections, his pursuit of the alluring creatures takes on libidinous proportions as he seeks to satisfy his desire. It is a beautiful memory – but did it really happen? Reality fades, and confusion reigns until overcome by sleep – which can open the door to more dreaming. When Nijinsky danced the story, he created a scandal. The carnal subtext of Mallarme’s poem became an explicit expression of a sexual appetite. The ballet went beyond the sensual to a demonstration of a powerful virility. Shameless, the critics declared. In this scent, find the relationship between the suggestive fantasy and the seductive reality.
The Afternoon of a Faun was developed by perfumer Ralf Schwieger; notes include bergamot, pepper, cinnamon, incense, immortal flower, orris, myrrh, leather and benzoin.
Etat Libre d’Orange The Afternoon of a Faun will be available in 100 ml Eau de Parfum.