The Afternoon Of A Faun a new fragrance by Mx Justin Vivian Bond and Etat Libre D’Orange
I am thrilled to announce the release of a new scent I have created in collaboration with Ralf Schwieger and the French perfume house Etat Libre D’Orange:
The Afternoon of a Faun
For the Person Who is Everything
by Mx Justin Vivian Bond
To be a Mx is to access the ecstatic, orgiastic cult of the ancient Goddess Cybele whose followers were known as the Galli, the sacred whores of the temple. These gender-variant spiritual revolutionaries used glamour and the power of their forbidden sexuality to honor the “Mother of the Mountain”, the “Lady of the Trees”. There is a thread that has travelled across the centuries to connect the Galli – through the arts of dance, drumming, singing and eroticism – with such legendary provocateurs as George Sand, Claude Cahun and Vaslav Nijinski, who scandalized the world with his flagrant sexual appetite in Mallarme’s “The Afternoon of a Faun”. The radical fairies and gender outlaws inhabiting our modern world are contemporary tranifestations of the “divine androgyne”. When we make love in the afternoon, on the ground, in the woods, surrounded by flowers we, too, honor the ancestors who have set us free.
To be a Mx is to be sexy, earthy, transgressive, and not just a little dangerous. Mx is for those who have achieved the golden mean – to be both a man and a woman – to be a Mx is to be Everything.
I’ve been working on perfecting this scent with Ralf for several years and today I am finally able to make the special edition version of it available exclusively on my website.
The commercial version is available in stores and on the website of Etat Libre D’Orange.
But only on my website can you purchase a signed and numbered version featuring the original text and the glorious photograph taken of me by the brilliant Matthu Placek.
The first shipment of 75 bottles is scheduled to arrive from France by December 9th and I will ship them out to the first 75 customers as soon as they have arrived. I can’t guarantee that more than the first 75 bottles will be shipped in time for Christmas but I will do my best!!!
The Afternoon of a Faun Inspired by Mallarme’s poem and the Nijinsky ballet which scandalized Europe in 1912. The scent of fauns, nymph, fine soft leather and animal sexuality. Bergamot, pepper and cinnamon give way to a glowing heart of incense, immortelles and orris on a base of myrrh, leathers and benzoin. -Les Senteurs