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Against Nature - Eau de Parfum

For the unconventionally decadent. Inspired by Joris-Karl Huysmans’ 1884 novel of the same name which broke from his naturalist roots, this is a decadent re-interpretation of nature at its most ornate. The sprawling reach of this little known novel can be seen as that poisonous French novel that inspires Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray to depart on a life of decadence. The French poet and philosopher Paul Valéry called it his "bible". 

Against Nature is a blur between the natural and the artificial, ultimately echoing an alternate beauty. This gender neutral fragrance features leafy green foliage, moist soil & earthy mosses underscored with notes of cold metal, blood and lacquer.

Pink Pepper, Lemon, Juniper, Green, Metal
Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Lacquer

Musk, Vetiver, Amber, Sandalwood, Patchouli

This perfume is set in an organic alcohol base and does not contain any animal by-products. In keeping with the story upon which it is based, this perfume contains synthesised ingredients. 

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The Natural Artificial

The novels theme of decadence and fallaciousness are explored through the perfume, altering perceptions of what is real.  Against Nature is a blur between the natural and the artificial, ultimately echoing an alternate beauty.

This gender neutral fragrance uses the scent of a freshly broken sapling mixed against the notes of metal, lacquer and blood.

The perfume echoes the novels themes, using a mixture of natural and artificially fragrance oils resonating the struggle between imitation and reality.

  • Rafael Melendez Against Nature Nyctophilia
  • Rafael Melendez Against Nature Ancient Femme
  • Rafael Melendez Against Nature Glaucophobia
  • Rafael Melendez Against Nature Selenophile

For Against Nature, Timothy Han has collaborated with New York artist Rafael Melendez to create a series of illustrations which have then been digitally manipulated to reflect the protagonist’s fascination with recreating the natural as artificial.


"Against Nature reimagines the natural as artificial – its synthetic interpretations of floral notes create a unique blend of fragrance which will simultaneously confuse and make you wanna smell more."

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The Artist

Rafael Theodore Melendez is an American artist and a rare and out-of-print book collector, born and raised in California’s Central Valley.  Melendez is best know for his minimal “anti culture” line drawings of anthropomorphic beings in otherworldly landscapes. His work has been shown in galleries and museums in New York City, San Francisco, London and a host of other metropolitan cities.