A film inspired by a fragrance…
I feel like I could write a terrible (terribly wonderful) 1970’s b-film or Blaxploitation script based on Opus Oils Voodoo. It inspires me like that. So, how do I get my script into the hands of Quentin Tarantino?
The leading actress – Pam Grier
And Tiger Powers, the model on the perfume model, should be in this too. I’ll give him the required Blaxploitation role of FBI agent that kills Pam Grier’s lover by accident (he’s recovering from being on “that stuff”) and she’s seeks to destroy him to avenge her lover’s death.
The setting – The bayous of Louisiana with some wonderful French Quarter shots that are mandatory in all films filmed in New Orleans.
The soundtrack – Written and performed by Willie Hutch and only available on vinyl.
The wardrobe – Anything that Giorgio di Sant’Angelo approved. And some crazy, early 1970’s kaftans with plunging necklines that I purchased from Value Village. And usually just panties. Tops are typically not needed in 1970’s b-films…and if the leading lady is Pam Grier nobody will get upset about the lack of clothing.
The fragrance – Voodoo opens as a spicy and earthy mix of clove and woody incense. It really smells “dark” but there is a fire flickering. And it does smell like being in a muddy bayou in the dark of night, a little bit of saltwater funk and earth. Slightly scary, but oh, it’s good. I get a cool, grassy vetiver with dampness. This is like the grasses that grow in such an ecosystem, a cool breeze blowing, unsettling the hot stagnant air. A green violet appears. It’s very much smothered in the darkness but somehow you still get it under the dark spiciness. Voodoo becomes a spicy oriental at the base. Think about the classics like YSL Opium and Estee Lauder Cinnabar. Voodoo has that feel. Think spice and some dark patchouli. There is no sweetness in this fragrance.
Notes listed labdanum, clove bud, incense, Haitian vetivert, mango leaf absolute, black musk attar, frankincense oman, dark patchouli, nutmeg, saffron, cocoa, violet, and cinnamon. PERFUMER – Kedra Hart
Voodoo wears like a perfume oil: close to the skin for a long time. However, it is also available in an EDP spray. The scent is unisex, leaning more towards the masculine end of the spectrum. Give Voodoo a try if you like spicy, dark fragrances or perfumes like YSL Opium, YSL Rive Gauche for Men, Estee Lauder Cinnabar, Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles, aroma M Geisha Rouge, and/or YOSH Sombre Negra. Voodoo is a natural fragrance but you don’t have to be a fan of naturals to appreciate it.
Voodoo is in the Fetish Collection and is 100% natural just like Pam Grier. It comes in a few sizes. The 2 oz EDP retails for $96 at Opus Oils. I reviewed the perfume oil which retails for $56.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A dark, spicy earthy scent. Slightly terrifying but wearable. A really good “dark and mysterious” choice for a man.
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Fragrantica – Info on the line with a quick blurb on Voodoo.
christopherk67 – More info on the perfume house.
Perfume Pharmer – Monica suggests this as good choice for Wensdays.
I also featured this fragrance in my 2011 Halloween Gift Guide.