Gunpowder black tea, torn gardenias and Mexican tuberose collide in this hypnotic scent. This is a small-batch fragrance, limited quantities available!
What would it smell like to be mugged by a flower? “Late one night I was walking from the subway when I lived in NYC and I was mugged at gunpoint. I surrendered my wallet, was pistol-whipped and then left in a heap. After recovering from this traumatizing incident, I experienced something called an ‘olfactory hallucination’ that lasted for weeks. I would wake up to the smell of tuberose and gardenia, but the flowers were nowhere to be found. After seeing a few doctors I learned that traumatic events can trigger these scent-based hallucinations. It eventually went away, but the experience stuck with me and became the inspiration for this fragrance.” – Heretic Founder, Douglas Little
A play on words, Pistil Whip is an explosion of lush florals combined with verdant moss and wet stone. A hypnotic scent not restrained by gender, Pistil Whip was nominated for the coveted Fragrance Foundation Award in 2017.
Top: Pink Pepper, Bergamot
Middle: Tuberose, Tiare, Gardenia
Base: Vetiver, Lapsang Souchong Tea
HOW IT WEARS
Cheerful and bright pink pepper brightened by bergamot begin the wear of Pistil Whip, before it develops to reveal its sensual white floral heart. The lush, heady tuberose, tiare and gardenia in this scent are incredibly realistic, and create an intoxicating and alluring throw. Balanced perfectly by a base of subtly smoky lapsang souchong and the earthy spice of vetiver, Pistil Whip lasts on the skin for a good 6-8 hours!
Pistil Whip definitely has one of the more unique backstories we’ve seen for a fragrance, but hey, that’s kind of Heretic’s whole thing! The more mystical among us might think that hallucinating the scent of white florals after trauma could indicate the presence of some sort of guardian angel – and therefore wearing this scent may provide or welcome some kind of holy protection. Whether you’re that way inclined or not, this scent really heroes the purity of the white florals and lets them speak for themselves, backing them up with the subtle yet detectable presence of earthier notes which add to the overall realism of the scent. If you’re a fan of Florgasm or Dirty Gardenia by Heretic, this is one to try!
ABOUT THE BRAND
Heretic – one who does not conform to the ideals or opinions of the masses; one who follows their own path. Created in 2016 in New York by Douglas Little, Heretic is a natural, artisan, small batch fragrance collection. Based on the mysterious, sensual and feral aspects of nature, Heretic began with a conscious choice to do things a little differently. Provocative, challenging, unapologetic, visionary and beautiful – Douglas Little has created a rare, unusual and comprehensive collection. As Heretic boldly disrupts the status quo of the fragrance industry with their radical transparency, their fragrances delve into the esoteric world and the realms of homeopathy, ayerveda, and herbology. Douglas made the choice to work with entirely natural materials – essential oils, concretes and absolutes (blended in non GMO, organic grape and sugarcane alcohol) using traditional perfumery techniques. Believing that nature gives us sexy and erotic scents, the Heretic perfume collection creates unique depth and complexity. “Natural fragrances are much like wine in that you can detect nuances of the plant, the soil, and its surroundings. They have characters that cannot be achieved with synthetic copies. These fragrances are alive, they create an olfactory fingerprint” Douglas Little.
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