December 3, 2012
Take my hand, and join me in a perfumed adventure down the rabbit hole to Never-Never Land, brought to you by a new collection by Gérald Ghislain and Magali Sénéquier. This team has given you a history lesson with Histoires de Parfums, and armchair traveling with Scents of Departure. Now it’s time to have fun and recreate the joys of childhood with the Alice & Peter collection of perfumes.
Mad Tea Party by Anne Bachelier
Let’s have a tea party with some of our favorite characters from Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, shall we? You can see on the table a beautiful plate of delicious cupcakes. But wait! These are not really cupcakes! Have we all gone mad? Oh, see, they are delicious-looking bottles of perfume that just look like cupcakes. There is one for each of us. Oh, there isn’t one for me. No matter, I can still try them all. Now, let’s see, who shall I serve first? Our guests of honor, of course!
Art: Alice in Wonderland by Mari Katog
For Alice, we have Showy Toffee. It’s as sweet as Alice herself, and the cupcake is covered in caramel candy. The perfume is caramel candy, too, with a dollop of fruit and a bouquet of flowers. For a girl with a sweet tooth like Alice, it is the perfect perfume.
Head: Lemon, Freshly Cut Grass
Heart: Rose, Lilac, Freesia, Water Flowers, Ozonic Notes
Base: Amber, Vanilla, Caramel, Chocolate, Patchouli, White Musk
Art: Peter Pan by Adam Welker
Peter is served the Fancy Choco, because it’s green, just like him. It’s a complicated perfume for a complicated boy, smelling of mint, and, yes, some chocolate, but other things, too. It smells a bit grown-up. Is our eternal boy Peter finally ready to become a man?
Head: Orange, Lemon, Lime, Peach, Pineapple, Curly Mint
Heart: Apricot, Peach, Pineapple, Freesia, Lilac
Base: Amber, Chocolate, Vanilla, Tonka Beans, Caramel, White Musk
Art: Red Queen Concept Art by Jason Seiler
Next is the Red Queen, who of course gets Wicked Berry, with its dollop of cream on top. Her perfume is a real ambrosia, with lots of lemon juice and oranges, and of course a colorful serving of berries upon berries. A sweet vanilla and amber cream makes for a sumptuous treat.
Head: Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Orange
Heart: Rose, Freesia, Lilac, Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Raspberry
Base: Amber, Sandalwood, Vanilla, White Musk
Art: Sexified Captain Hook by J
What to serve Captain Hook, the bloodiest pirate of all? Why, Bloody Orange, naturally. Heaps of citrus fruits, with a carrot sneaked in for good measure, plus lots of spice and manly smells. The perfect scent for a cut-throat pirate (even though we secretly know he is a scairdy-cat inside: Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock).
Head: Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Bergamot
Heart: Carrot, Cyclamen, Lotus, Jasmine, Cumin, Saffron, Cinnamon
Base: Amber, Cedar, Patchouli, Leather,Vanilla, Caramel, White Musk
Art: Cheshire Cat by Rachel George
Do I see the Cheshire Cat? Just his smile. Let’s see if we can coax the rest of him out with Cheery Cherry. The cat’s perfume is a happy scent, with berries and cherries and lots of stone fruits. We know all cats love the summertime, and now this cat can smell like fresh fruits (and a few flowers for good measure) on a warm day.
Head: Blackcurrant, Cherry, Bergamot, Orange
Heart: Red Fruit, Apricot, Peach, Rose, Peonies, Lilac, Freesia
Base: Strawberry, Raspberry, Vanilla, Caramel, White Musk
Now that all of our friends have been given their gifts, and had their tea and biscuits, they all float home on a fragrant cloud of fruits, flowers, and sweets. I wave goodbye, and clear the plates, glad to have made our guests so very happy.
If you want to have your own tea party, you can find the Alice & Peter perfumes, in their darling bottles, at Henri Bendel. You can also take a chance and win a bottle of your choice if you’ll let us know which one you think you’d like in the comments. Draw ends on December 7, 2012.
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Fan Art adapted from Disney images
Note: While researching imagery for this article, I stumbled upon an interesting phenomenon: Alice and Peter are the subjects of a substantial amount of crossover fan fiction. Apparently the idea of the two of them together is entrancing for many.
Also, for you Londoners, there is a play called “Peter and Alice” coming to town next March, starring Judi Dench and Ben Whishaw, at the Noel Coward Theater. It’s about the 1932 meeting of the two people who were the inspirations for the character of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, Peter Llewelyn Davies and Alice Liddell Hargreaves. (Coincidentally, Ms. Dench and Mr. Whishaw play M and Q in the latest Bond film.)
–Tama Blough, Senior Editor