Parfums Clandestins is being born now, in 2019, on Malta, a rocky archipelago at the near centre of the Mediterranean. Islands on ancient trading routes that once brought sensual scents, resins and spices from the East, with their allure and promise of riches.
Our creations are modern-day perfumes that provoke our senses. They draw both their muse and materials from the Mediterranean. Our fragrances impart a seductive liaison between scent and skin, revealed only to the wearer and those intimately close.
Our Scent Ingredients
I choose the finest botanical and aromatic ingredients to create natural, innovative perfumes of exceptional depth. For my own range under the Parfums Clandestins’ brand, I work only with 100% natural materials and choose those that enable me to run an ethical, sustainable business.
In my bespoke work, I work with naturals and aromachemicals according to clients’ requests. I use nature-identical materials only where creatively necessary and to replace those pure naturals that are unsustainable or unethical to source or would have originally been of animal origin.
Our Launch: Sicilian Quartet EDP
Our launch EDP owe their inspiration to our nearest neighbour, Sicily, with whom we share much of our own island’s history. Sicily has always had a clandestine heart hidden in the shadows, behind closed shutters and away from any tourist’s gaze. It seemed the perfect muse for our first perfumes.
Perfumer and founder Liz Grech looked to late 19th century to mid 20th century Sicilian literature for clues to unlocking a creative brief. Our Sicilian Quartet evokes in scent the words of Tomasi di Lampedusa in his novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopord). Its prose gives glimpses into the island’s psyche and drew heavily on the stark, claustrophobic beauty of Sicily. Liz came across the novel while studying Italian at university and the opulent scenes from Luchino Visconti’s film of the same name stayed imprinted on her mind.
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