Recently, four fragrances from a new brand called Blood Concept, came across my desk. The scents, A, AB, B, and O, were inspired by the four blood types, and the idea, I think, is that you’d be attracted to the scent named after your blood type. Full disclosure: I have no idea what my blood type is. Do you? I mean, I’ve donated blood many times, but I’ve always gotten so woozy and fainty that I never thought to find out, which seems kind of…irresponsible? I even called my mom to ask, and she didn’t know, either.
Back on topic: When I smelled the collection, I was immediately drawn to the peppery-woody B, agnostic about A (grassy, herbal) and O (powdery, smoky), and out-and-out repulsed by AB—its viscous, sweet-bitter funk actually made me queasy. But weirdly, they all share a hint of something sharp, spicy, and metallic. The best way to explain it? Well, blood. The smell of actual blood. (Maybe now I know how it feels to be a Cullen!)
Turns out this quality isn’t all that rare in perfumery. Cult French perfumers Etat Libre d’Orange have a number of fragrances that smell kind of bloody to me (its site can veer into slight NSFW territory—just a heads-up), none more so than Vierges et Toreors (Virgins and Toreadors): It’s spicy, metallic, and a bit greasy, with a grace-saving amount of warm citrus (like mulled cider) thrown in.
And a new scent from Serge Lutens, the hilariously named Vitriol d’Oeillet (Vitriol of Carnation) gives off a metallic, peppery, teahouse vibe. The press notes say that Lutens describes it as “a burst of fragrant spikes,” which seems about right. And I’m not going to lie: it also smells a bit of new Band-Aids. Believe me, I know that might not be up your alley, but I promise—it’s good.
Thoughts? Will you try one of these “bloody” scents? Or leave them for the vampires?
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