Parfums Quartana’s collection of perfumes, Les Potions Fatales explores the treacherous beauty and intriguing lore behind nine of the world’s most poisonous flowers. At once tantalizing and perilous, these mortal fleurs have been used to nefarious ends throughout history. These flowers and the aptly named perfumes are seductive on the outside but are ultimately dark, sinister, and dangerous. The poison that wooed me and called my name was Mandrake.
WHAT I SMELL: Mandrake opens with a snappy bergamot which quickly turns to more of a ripened red apple which swiftly moves into a Bazooka bubble gum accord. But that soon turns to a soft and sweet floral that’s creamy smooth and completely comforting. The sweetness never hits a high pitch and as it develops it levels itself out, but there’s just enough sparkle to make this really delightful and engaging. The perfume begins to linger in this lightly sweetened, cotton candy and bubble gum creamed state for quite some time. That’s not a bad thing and don’t think because it’s has the bubble gum accord that this is for teenagers; it’s not. After quite some time, a bit of leather appears along with a muted spice and a light incense. At this point, the perfume is irresistible, sexy and overwhelmingly enticing. In the end, the perfume melds into a wonderful sweetened patchouli and it reminded me of Dior’s Gris Montaigne…which is a good thing!
From the Parfums Quartana website:
In biblical scripture, mandrake was referred to as ‘the love plant’ and was through to have male fertility enhancing properties; as such it was mentioned by Shakespeare in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” as a cure for erectile dysfunction. Long used in Wiccan ritual, its roots were thought to emit a fatal, supersonic scream when dug up. Because mandrake actually smells of strong red apple, we gave the fragrance a red fruity heart but grounded it with birch leaf and birch root to suggest the roots of the flower dug into the soil. We also gave the fragrance a sharp aromatic note to suggest its infamous, deadly shriek.
Crisp Apple, Pomegranate, Birch Leaf, Birch Root, Bergamot, Mandrake Flower Accord, Rhubarb, Cardamom, Sueded Leather, Deadly Addiction Accord, Patchouli, Madagascar Vanilla, Sandalwood, Tonka
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Yesteryear cowboy…rather clean cut with just a little rugged and lots of handsome and sexy.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE MANDRAKE: inviting, tempting, satisfying
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MANDRAKE: Colognoisseur
BOTTOM LINE: The full line of the Parfums Quartana Les Potions Fatales perfumes are each interesting in their own way and completely different and varied, from the strange and unique (Bloodflower, Wolfsbane and Midnight Datura) to the more traditional (Hemlock, Lily of the Valley) with Mandrake fitting somewhere in between. I highly recommend checking them out!
- Bone Rating: 3.5 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Leather
- Nose: Carlos Vinals
- Classification: Marketed as masculine, but I found this to be very unisex.
- Expense: $145 for 50 ml Eau de Parfum
Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary. Opinion my own.
September 12, 2016 at 6:40 pm
Original response: Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
Since this site is, at worst, PG-13, the revised response is:
Oh my, this sounds like a perfume that I will like quite a lot! Apple? Yes! Bubblegum? More, please! Leather / Suede? Yes! Birch, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Tonka? More! More! What’s not to love?
Thanks for bringing this to my attention!
September 13, 2016 at 5:21 am
Hmmmm, I can only imagine what the R rated version of your response was! Needless to say that all those varied strange combinations make for a interesting and rather sexy perfume. Go figure 🙂
September 12, 2016 at 7:37 pm
Well hello, cowboy.
I’m wondering what on earth is going on with this one – are the apple and the Bazooka luring us innocents in? The whole concept is really fascinating and … disturbing at the same time.
September 13, 2016 at 5:23 am
Remember, it’s pretty poison….so doesn’t bubblegum and apple make you want to venture down the wrong path??! Out of the varying perfumes, this had the perfect amount of sweetness that made it a happy, yet sexy poison.
September 14, 2016 at 12:09 pm
This sounds very nice. Sexy cowboy, oh yeah! I like my leather with some sweet florals mixed in like Hermes Kelly Caleche.
September 15, 2016 at 6:04 am
Who doesn’t love a sexy cowboy right?? This has that hint of leather which adds just the right touch…albeit more masculine than the lovely Kelly Caleche 🙂
September 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm
I just sampled this one the other day and really enjoyed it, although it didn’t make me think “cowboy” unless the cowboy is eating a king sized bag of Skittles candy! There is something yummy and comforting about this one. It kind of feels like a colorful, kaleidoscopic, psychadelic experience to me. Thanks for reviewing this! I read your review while testing these in the store and prompted me to take home a sample(and bought Hemlock). Fun line😊
September 18, 2016 at 3:27 pm
LOL…I know, I was having a hard time with the cowboy concept myself, but that’s what popped into my head…at least it’s a clean cut non scary kind of cowboy! I really like the line as well…except for Bloodflower which had a bit much too metal in it for me. You made a great choice with Hemlock…I could see wearing that for any occasion at any time!