The Silver Fox on Bad City

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Bad City : Hans Hendley : Hendley Perfumes • Do all teenage freeks, geeks and outcasts want to be superheroes, mutants and vampires? Something other…that might explain their difference or allow them to wreak succulent revenge on tormentors. I did. I wanted some sort of reason to continue, however ludicrous, gothic and fantastical. • I used to imagine myself wandering back streets, woods and eerie sodium-lit car parks haunting the boys who taunted me then plucking them into the skies, casting blood over scots pines and towering spruce. If I sensed danger I’d transform into a black and silver fox of course, melting into the night. What might I smell of? Bad City by Hans Hendley. • Bad City is #5 in Hans’ Laboratory Series of perfumes after Felt, Narcis, Jupiter & Linden, inspired by his viewing of ‘A Girl Walks Alone At Night’ the 2014 Iranian Vampire Western directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. The beautiful Sheila Vand playing the coolest, most enigmatic vamp in Bad City, an industrial dead end Iranian underworld. The Girl as she is known, wears her chador outside, skateboards, haunts shadows and listens to music in her apartment. The razor sharp monochrome cinematography recalls early Lynch but also seems brightly sensually of the now. If you haven’t seen it, do. It is startling and gorgeous cinema and the most perfect olfactive inspiration. • Bad City is Hans’ first proper foray into agarwood territory, a typical Bad City odour; he has transformed it into the fumed black and white backdrop of a vampiric hunting ground, smooth, sooty and addictive. There is a delicious mix of apricot, red wine and Davana, a boozy bloody triptych that smells woozy and trippy against that stark industrial oud. • I love the costus, stained with choya loban (a distinctive Indian frankincense distillate), such a weird effect, scalp and skin proximity. In Bad City, it’s that freekgeek me, following you in silence, lifting your hair and whispering ‘I loved you…’ • #perfumereview #thefoxinhales @hendleyperfumes @hans.hendley #laboratoryseries #badcity #agirlwalksaloneatnight #analilyamirpour #bloodonthetracks #theonlyloversleftalive #thehunger #agarwood

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Unter den Linden

August leaned back into the linden and tried to understand. Was it really his fault the world no longer cared about clockwork? […] was beauty subject to fashion? He did not understand. What was a life? One day his father opened the back of a watch and showed him the wheels inside. Was that his life? A bird inside a funny paper man, the boats in the picture that suddenly began to move, a perspiring musician in a drab green tent–were these the secret signs of a destiny, as intimate and precise as a watermark on a postage stamp? Or were they merely accidents, chosen by memory among the many accidents that constitute a life? He tried desperately to understand. Had it all been a mistake? His art was outmoded: the world had no need for him. And so it had all come to nothing. He had given his life away to a childish passion. And now it was over. He was terribly tired. Sitting under the warm shade of the linden, August grieved for his lost youth.
— Excerpt from the short story “August Eschenburg” by Steven Millhauser
Linden blossom tincture from my neighborhood.

Linden blossom tincture from my neighborhood.


I put a sample of a new perfume called Bloodline in each of the Laboratory Series packages that went out this past week. It is built around a cedarwood oil distilled by my father from trees grown on our family land in east Texas.

Bloodline was commissioned by American Perfumer and will be sold through their shop and website. They have all the stock in hand and it should be live on their site within the next few days.

I’ll make an official announcement with more detail when it’s available for order.