French niche line Parfum d’Empire has launched Mal-Aimé, a new unisex fragrance. Mal-Aimé was inspired by fragrant weeds that grow in Corsica, and joins the Heritage Corse collection.
...Mal-Aimé draws its inspiration from a plant as common as its essence is rare. In fact, this is the first time it is used in perfumery.
Fragrant inula – known to botanists as Inula graveolens – grows all over Corsica in disheveled tufts of tiny yellow flowers. Its essential oil, distilled from plants harvested in the maquis and certified organic, is a genuine treasure trove for a perfumer. Over the hours, the emerald green essence unfolds wildly generous facets.
Herbal? That’s the least one could expect, given its nature. But inula also borrows its fragrance from roses and its sweetness from honey. Its scent is as solar as the color of its flowers, yet it is also woody, saline, musky.
Around this beautiful rebel, it is the procession of all the unloved – thistles, nettles, brambles, and roots – that Marc-Antoine Corticchiato calls up to celebrate, once again, his native Corsica.
Additional notes include iris.
Parfum d'Empire Mal-Aimé is available at Liquides, in 50 ml Eau de Parfum, €108.