Watery green floral notes give way to the scent of dark woods and damp moss, infused with hints of burning coal and amber. Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella of the same name, this is a journey by steamer up the Congo River into the unknown.
Widely considered to be one of the greatest pieces of colonial writing, Conrad's scathing critique of colonialism is often seen as a pioneer of twentieth century literature. The title “Heart of Darkness” referring both to the unexplored portion of Africa and to the darkness that exists within man.
The fragrance explores Marlow’s journey up the Congo River into the unknown by steamboat. Opening with the scent of jungle and damp moss before being cut through by the scent of coal that trails after the boat and lingers on the jungle air. This is then challenged by a clean almost puritanical essence that echoes the mindset of the colonists who misguidedly saw themselves as the superior and benevolent civilisation.
This is a dark fragrance created to intrigue those whose desire it is to always explore the unknown.
A portion of sales will be donated to grass roots community and forest elephant conservation projects in the Congo Basin.
For Heart of Darkness, Timothy Han has collaborated with British artist Nicola Hicks who has used both existing work and new work to create a series of images which explores the notion of colonialism and the ravages of the ivory trade.
"The scent Heart Of Darkness is completely beautiful – unlike anything I’ve experienced before. The impression the fragrance left on me has really lasted. I haven’t been so struck by a scent or a brand in a really long time."
"Heart of Darkness is a hallucinatory fragrance, dark and tense, magniloquent without opulence; captivating and extremely original."
Nicola Hicks is a British visual artist and sculptor, she studied at Chelsea School of Art receiving a BA and then went on to attain a MA from The Royal College of Art in London. In 1995 Hicks was awarded an MBE for her contribution to the visual arts. Hicks’ sculpture and drawings have been presented in numerous museums and galleries including a major solo exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven and the 2013 Venice Biennale. Hicks has completed several public commissions including large scale sculptures at Schoenthal Monastery, Langenbruck, Switzerland. Nicola Hicks is represented by Flowers Gallery.
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