Val the Cookie Queen
“She comes in colours everywhere, she combs her hair, she’s like a rainbow ..” 1967. The Rolling Stones.
Hey Happy Trippers
Perfume is my drug of choice, these days at least. As I was writing up my recent psychedelic special in Strange Tales Part II, I got to thinking about what fragrances I consider as trippy.
Do colours smell? Are they light, or dark, or sparkly? Do they appear in layers? Do they move? Can you taste them?
The Electric Perfume Acid Test
“Better odour recognition in odour-colour synesthesia …. People who see colours while perceiving smells are better at distinguishing between different smells and different colours, and are better at naming odours, compared to a group without synesthesia.” Science Daily 2017
I have odour-colour synesthesia. But don’t assume this makes all perfumes psychedelic, it most certainly does not.
Le Maroc Pour Elle by Andy Tauer 2005
This is a trip in a bottle. Patchouli, sandalwood, rose, jasmin, amber, incense. Crimsons, pinks, purples, golds. It is the smell of the free festivals in the seventies, of the Welsh teepee people, in their velvet clothes, soaked in patchouli and jasmin oils, woodsmoke in their hair; appearing to me as mystical and otherworldly. My love for these rich notes remain with me to this day, and nothing comes close to Le Maroc Pour Elle. It stains my skin with beauty and invokes deep memories of long summers spent at Stonehenge. The California Sunshine of the perfume world.
Kiki EdP by Vero Kern 2010
A vivacious warm trip, tinged with sensuality. Lavender, bergamot, lemon and passionfruit pull us joyfully in, escorting us to the tranquility of caramel, patchouli and musk. Swirling colours; lavenders, deep amethysts, royal purple, golden yellows and shades of white. The Purple Haze of the perfume world. A calm and harmonious experience. I am on my second bottle.
Patchouli is a crucial material in a trippy perfume for me, showing clearly what generation I come from.
I guess it is no coincidence that with Albert Hoffman, founder of LSD being Swiss, that it would take two Swiss perfumers to turn psychedelia into a fragrance.
Do you have any trippy perfumes?