The Scent of Dorian Gray

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken” – a famous quote by Oscar Wilde, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray. The novel has inspired countless creatives over the years. Interpreted here in the form of a luxurious perfume by graphic designers Alba San Miguel and Andrea Quintero.

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“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken” – a famous quote by Oscar Wilde, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray. The novel has inspired countless creatives over the years. Interpreted here in the form of a luxurious perfume by graphic designers Alba San Miguel and Andrea Quintero.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde, first published in 1890 in a severely censored version. The publisher feared the novel was too amoral and destructive for the common reader. Later Oscar Wilde managed to get the novel published in its original form but ended up having to defend it in court.

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Three stages in Dorian Gray´s life.

Dorian Gray, a handsome, narcissistic young man, is the subject of a full-length portrait in oil by Basil Hallward, an artist impressed and infatuated by Dorian’s beauty; he believes that Dorian’s beauty is responsible for the new mood in his artwork. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat’s hedonistic view of the world: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life.

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Oscar Wilde/The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Newly understanding that his beauty will fade, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade. The wish is granted, and Dorian pursues a libertine life of varied amoral experiences while staying young and beautiful; all the while, his portrait ages and records every sin.

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There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

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Oscar Wilde, the original dandy and an intriguing character himself, has gone down in history for his witty one-liners and sharp remarks on humanity in general and the society surrounding him. The Picture of Dorian Gray has a natural place in the history of literature, and the fate of main character Dorian Gray seems even more relevant than ever today. Oscar Wilde was certainly way ahead of his time.

I don’t want to go to heaven. None of my friends are there.

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Oscar Wilde. Photo Napoleon Sarony.

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde
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Beautiful, Perverse and Obscure.

“The concept is white canvas and the idea is to portray Dorian’s life stages with paint brushes, determining three stages on his life: Innocent as beautiful, consumed by sins as Perverse and finally completely dark as Obscure” says graphic designers Alba San Miguel and Andrea Quintero.

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If you are looking for a scent inspired by literature, that is already in production, try one of these from Byredo: Baudelaire, with top notes of peach and plum, heart notes of peony and violet and base notes are leather, patchouli and vanilla. Bibliothèque, has top notes of black pepper, caraway and juniper berries, heart notes of hyacinth, incense and leather, and base notes of black amber, papyrus, and patchouli.