Iniquité is a new (very) limited edition fragrance from niche line Ormonde Jayne, created for a special auction being held by The Economist's More Intelligent Life website to benefit literacy efforts by Shannon Trust. Iniquité was inspired by author Fay Weldon's imagining of the scent of Becky Sharp, the anti-heroine of Thackeray's Vanity Fair.
“Becky Sharp smells of sin remembered” – so writes Fay Weldon, one of six authors who contributed to our feature imagining the scents of fictional characters. Her description of Thackeray’s anti-heroine from “Vanity Fair” was so good we’ve bottled it: Iniquité, the scent of Becky Sharp, has been created exclusively for Intelligent Life by the perfumier Ormonde Jayne. To raise money for the literacy charity the Shannon Trust, we are auctioning a single 100ml bottle of Iniquité eau de parfum – the only one of its kind. The highest bidder will receive this exclusive perfume, which includes notes of orange-flower, bergamot, rose oil and amber. The 28 next highest bidders will be given the opportunity to make a minimum donation of £15 to the Shannon Trust, in return for which they will receive one of a limited edition of 10ml Iniquité purse sprays.