I had dreamt of making the perfect perfume

Nine years old, growing up in Swaziland, I had dreamt of making the perfect perfume by combining gardenia flowers and rose petals in a jam jar of boiling water and melted sugar, sealing the top, shaking it up and burying it in the ground for a week. Regrettably, when I dug it up "Big Stinko" was the nostril-curling result. I tried using cold water instead, forgoing the sugar. The result was even more rank.

— Actor Richard E Grant talks about his obsession with fragrance; read more at Diary of a perfumed ponce at GQ. His debut perfume, due out later this year, has been rumored to feature a marijuana note.

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  1. Aparatchick says:

    I adore Richard E. Grant, so thanks for the link! I’ll be interested to see what he comes up with. BTW, if you haven’t read his book, “With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant” you’ve got a treat in store.

    • mossygreen says:

      He’s kind of amazing, isn’t he?

    • Robin says:

      I keep meaning to read that, thanks for the reminder!

  2. Thalia says:

    “Diary of a Perfumed Ponce!” I just love him.

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