The focal point for the creations of Beaufort London is the naval history of Great Britain; the real part and an imagined and embellished part. Always with a dark and strange side, which is the fascinating thing about Beaufort London.
Terror & Magnificence is inspired by the buildings of the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661-1736), whose haunting structures penetrate the London landscape.
Hawksmoor, nicknamed ‘the devil’s architect’, continues to attract interest for his work, his peculiar churches, which introduced elements of Egyptology into traditional ecclesiastical environments. These curious architectural details, and his recent reputation as a Freemason, have contributed to the city becoming a focal point for the occult and the arts.
By contrasting obscurity with vigorous complexity, perfumer Pia Long has combined a vivid olfactory impression of this character, his works and his myth.
Chords of Somali incense, dry woods and wet stone are fused with the smoke of opium, papyrus and kyphi, underpinned by a base of Haitian vetiver, labdanum, benzoin and myrrh.
As perfumer Pia Long comments, “the fragrance we have created feels as if it has always existed, as if we have summoned a myth from the ether”.
The product packaging bears a depiction of Hawksmoor’s famous Christ Church Spitalfields in East London.
Powerful Eau de Parfum with 30% perfume concentration.
Top notes: saffron, black pepper and birch tar.
Heart notes: somalian incense, tobacco absolute, kiphi accord and papyrus.
Base notes: myrrh resin, benzoin resin, labdanum absolute, Haitian vetiver and wet stone accord.