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Launched in 2017 by London-based fragrance brand IIUVO, Fonteyn, is one of a trio of scents that make up their inaugural fragrance launch a/k/a Edition One.

The IIUVO website says of Fonteyn: ‘According to Alhacen’s Theory of Visual Perception, “Darkness makes beauty appear, for the stars only appear in darkness”. An element of the sinister throws beauty into starker relief, as in the early photography of Stanley Kubrick and a 1970 recording of Frederick Ashton’s Nocturne ballet. The legendary prima ballerina, Margot Fonteyn, seems to dance a beautiful solo, until the camera pans left and reveals a shadowy figure behind, for whom Fonteyn’s performance is a desperate entreaty. Likewise, Kubrick’s haunting images of Chicago in the forties are filled with eery details, glimpsed only at the last moment.
When the shadowy figure finally advances into the light, Fonteyn falls to her knees in tears before him, undone."

Fonteyn opens with a bright, elegant note of grapefruit alongside of camphorous, herbal rosemary. Wormwood heightens the herbal greenness of the rosemary while sweet, resinous-tinged cardamom perfects the opening. The interplay among the top notes creates a charismatic and alluring start to the fragrance. The scent progresses to a heart of rose, blackcurrant buds, freesia and violet. The rose is lush and sensuous, the freesia is sweet and fruity and the violet is powdery and sophisticated. The blackcurrant buds are fruity and woody with a slightly animalic aspect, that’s the perfect foil for the flowers.  The base has so many beautiful dimensions of woodiness that comes from papyrus, moss, vetiver and Virginia cedar deepened with sweet, dark, earthy patchouli. A note of vanilla, soft and sweet balances the woods in a way that makes them more compelling then they would be on their own.

The drydown is elegant, rich and gorgeous and smells great on men and women.

Notes: Grapefruit, rosemary, wormwood, cardamom, rose, blackcurrant buds, freesia, violet, papyrus, moss, vanilla, vetiver, patchouli, Virginia cedar.

Type: EdP


Price: $6.00