Art de toilette

London’s Serpentine Galleries have teamed up with Comme des Garçons to develop their own fragrance which is, apparently, “light, yet deceivingly complex”. The bottle features artwork by Tracey Emin

London’s Serpentine Galleries have teamed up with Comme des Garçons to develop their own fragrance which is, apparently, “light, yet deceivingly complex”. The bottle features artwork by Tracey Emin…

According to the Serpentine, the unisex fragrance takes the galleries’ location in Kensington Gardens as inspiration: so it’s a crafty blend of historical parkland with a hint of the modern city.

More formally it is “composed of grass, leaves, pollen (galbanum, iris leaf), oxygene (aldehyde, ozone), asphalt (black musks, nutmeg), labdanum and smoked cedar with a little bit of pollution (benzoin, juniper wood, gaïac wood).”

We think Emin’s text on the bottle reads “The grass / The trees / The lake” which does, despite the “little bit of pollution”, at least make this artful fragrance sound like it might be very pleasant on the nose.

A 50ml bottle will set you back £56 and all proceeds from the sale of the fragrance go to supporting the Serpentine Galleries’ programmes.

Serpentine is on sale from April 28. To buy it, visit serpentinegalleries.org.

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