CORPSES FOR HALLOWEEN: ROUTE DU VETIVER by MAITRE PARFUMEUR ET GANTIER (1988) + EARTHWORM by DEMETER

 

 

 

 

My first thought on trying Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier’s Route Du Vetiver, one Autumn fine day in London, was

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have been interred.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A first impression –  cavernous; deep – of dark, loamy soil; a grasping clutch of webbed, fibrous roots surrounding, dragging you further beneath, down, rapidly, unwillingly, right into the ground….

 

 

 

 

Down.

 

 

 

Down, down, we go, our last breaths leaving us..

 

 

Subsumed; drawn in.

 

 

 

 

 

Yet, there is serenity down here in this cool, worm-pured earth; we relent and acquiesce, surrender to our fate; and slowly, the grotesque wonder of our predicament begins to fade. Memories of life above, sky, and sunshine gradually come back, and, soon, a comforting, revivifying light of pale green leaves and citrus begins to peek through.

 

 

 

(        ‘Remember that day we ran through the woods?’        )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Earthworm: the intense, natural smell of soil and the common worm,  earthing its way through the humus: a pellucid concertina ingesting, and lingering, the ground in digested, miniature mountains.

 

A scent for those yearning for escape to some greater place, the unfettered outdoors; or, perhaps suicidally, for these blind, urging, creatures to loiter themselves, slowly, through their still, whitening ribcages.

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9 responses to “CORPSES FOR HALLOWEEN: ROUTE DU VETIVER by MAITRE PARFUMEUR ET GANTIER (1988) + EARTHWORM by DEMETER

  1. mwahahahahahahahahaaaa Happy Hallowe’en / Samhain Ginzaghoul! Fangs for the revue, Nightmare Ninsxxx

  2. ginzaintherain

    My pleasure!

  3. Route du Vetiver is the closest I will ever get to a Holy Grail in my polygamous perfume life. You highlighted it beautifully. One thing for sure, there is no other perfume like this!

  4. Glad you reblogged this one! Halloween is a big deal all over America, but here in New Mexico Dia de Los Muertos is widely celebrated and the large active Neopagan community is introducing us to Samhain, so the very chthonic mysticism of this time of year is much on my mind. I love the symbolism of thinning of the veil between worlds, and here you use the very literal metaphor of interment to contribute to this mystical abstraction.
    I have heard that other parts of the world enjoy Halloween to some degree. Does anybody in Japan pay any attention to it?

    • Oh god you don’t want to know….

      In the most Disneyfied, boring way imaginable, without even a frisson of anything fearful. A load of imitative bullshit.

      One day I am coming to your neck of the woods. It sounds amazing.

      • fleurdelys

        Isn’t there a Japanese festival when deceased ancestors come back to visit the living? At the end of the holiday, candles are placed in paper boats and floated on the water to guide the dead away from the living and back to the afterworld. Can’t remember what period of the year it’s in.

      • Yes: O Bon, and it is quite beautiful. So much better than this meaningless, candified shit.

  5. Lilybelle

    Makes me want to read some Edgar Allen Poe. 🙂

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