Inspired by Yukio Mishima’s 1971 novel of the same name, “The Decay of the Angel” is a rich exotic burnt floral fragrance with a subtle headiness that comes from the smell of desire infused by flowers on the wane; the scent of a falling angel. For this fragrance Timothy Han Edition Perfumes has collaborated with Warsaw based artist Gosia Sobczak who has created a series of illustrations that depict the five signs of the decay of an angel; Decay, Diaphoresis, Dirt, Dissatisfaction, Darkness.
These 5 Stages are reflected throughout the fragrance which turn a classic rose floral into an intense hedonistic experience. The result is a powerful scent composed with the sweetness of flowers on the edge of decay laid over traces of fire and ash provided by Cade to bring a dark and dirty edge. This is bound together with Hedione, the only known fragrance ingredient to induce arousal, and musk to evoke the notion of sweat and sex as fulfillment of a fallen angel. “This is a take on a rose floral that will divide opinion. By introducing dark undertones of sex and ash to what is often seen as a traditional and safe scent, we have created a perfume for the outspoken.” – Timothy Han
While the preference of TH/E is to always use 100% natural ingredients, the ultimate goal is to create fragrances which tell a compelling story and are produced in as sustainable a manner as possible. Set in a base of 100% certified organic grape alcohol, THE DECAY OF THE ANGEL is the first fragrance by TH/E to use two nature identical fragrance ingredients. Ambrettolide is an ethical substitute for musk, traditionally sourced from the Musk Deer, an endangered animal; Hedione while occurring naturally is not commercially extracted as a fragrance ingredient.