Our Perfumes, Our Vision
Parfums Clandestins is being born now, in 2019, on Malta, an 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 relaxed, luxe interpretations of Mediterranean lifestyle. We work with passion to create small batch perfumes that are contemporary and edgy. Our perfumes are designed with exquisite, botanical materials which make up between 10-17% of the fragrance depending on the individual EDP. As naturals, they impart a seductive, clandestine liaison between scent and skin revealed only to the wearer and those intimately close. Parfums Clandestins’ fragrances are worn to create moments and evoke their memories.
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.
The Sicily Quartet comprises four, classically-constructed yet thought-provoking, modern-day blends including oriental, white floral, cologne and leather perfume families. Each perfume has its role in Il Gattopardo, and its own story to tell.
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