Rake & Ruin Eau de Parfum

£115.00 exc. VAT £95.83

(3 customer reviews)

In 1751 the novelist Henry Fielding proclaimed that ‘Gin-shops are undoubtedly the Nurseries of all manner of Vice and Wickedness.’

Seeking to illustrate this downfall of public virtue, between 1732-34 the English artist William Hogarth published eight canvases depicting A Rake’s Progress. One of Hogarth’s most infamous works, the protagonist Tom Rakewell’s ruin is depicted by his exposure to high living, prostitutes and gambling.

Inspired by these Hogarth’s scenes of degeneracy within the Georgian metropolis we revive their spirit in Rake & Ruin – a fragrance capturing an evening in a tavern, where gin flows, good times are had, and the slide begins…

This powerful Eau De Parfum (30% concentration) features the botanical ingredients of the drinks that filled the glasses, the dark woods of the floors on which they were spilt and animalic allusions to the debauched deeds that took place between them.

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Beaufort London Rake & Ruin Eau De Parfum

Rake & Ruin Eau De Parfum

1.7 Fl OZ

INGREDIENTS: Alcohol Denat., Parfum, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol, Isoeugenol

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Weight .25 kg

3 reviews for Rake & Ruin Eau de Parfum

  1. King John (verified owner)

    I have seen some interesting reviews of this new fragrance from Beaufort. “The spawn of a pirate and a chimney sweep”, said one. “A blast furnace of flavour like burnt metal”, said another. Wild carrots, celery, a “cauldron of aromatics simmering in a warlock’s kitchen” were other comments.

    This is a gourmand fragrance, but not as we know it. No cloyingly sweet vanilla or caramel here. It is much more roasted, herbal and culinary.

    The savoury aspect which can certainly be compared to celery is also very like the herb lovage, a common ingredient of soups. It could come also from angelica roots which is listed among the ingredients, and is a characteristic component of gin.

    I once heard a prominent French perfumer holding forth on the radio about the ideal mens fragrance. “Un homme” he said, “should smell very dry. Like gin or vermouth”. Well, here is an illustration of the kind of thing he was talking about.

    Incidentally I don’t think it is at all animalic and any association with sweat, prostitution and debauchery is ridiculous. Some reviewers elsewhere do seem preoccupied by that perception after reading the advertising story. But what kind of memories an ancient mariner might have if he were able to smell it, that is a different story.

  2. King John (verified owner)

    This is a gourmand fragrance with a difference. Not sweet, but savory. No vanilla or caramel here, but a suggestion of culinary herbs such as angelica, lovage and celery, which have a very different kind of aromatic appeal.

    I once heard a prominent French perfumer talking on the radio about the ideal mens fragrance. “Un homme” he said, “should smell very dry. Like gin or vermouth”. Well, here is an illustration of the kind of thing he was talking about.

    It is certainly very dry, woody and herbal, but with a roasted effect underlying the culinary character, as of freshly brewed coffee.

    One of the best and most original fragrances I have come across in recent years, which is why I had no hesitation in buying a bottle.

  3. Hester (verified owner)

    This is an extraordinary fragrance. On me, it goes on cold and wet and green, like crunching on fresh celery from the fridge. It then flips, becoming hot and smoky and dry, like walking through the still-smouldering remains of a burnt-out building. Then the animalic elements develop, and it smells like the fug when you’ve spent the entire weekend in bed with someone; dirtily sexy and physical. FInally it settles into a blend of all three; a little herbal, a little woody and smoky, and a little sexy.
    I would not wear this perfume around my parents, or for work, as it would feel deeply inappropriate, but it is utterly addictive.

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