Eau de Parfum
There is a miasma of vice that haunts the Marlou perfumes. Briac Frocrain, the owner and perfumer of Marlou wants us to consider the erotic fundamentals of skin; the exudation of our hides, nudging at hidden desires and our hankering for the forbidden and disapproved.
Marlou challenges the perceptions of our bodies as taboo concepts with its layered beatific musks, animalic whiffs of fur, horse and morning-after flesh.
Corpalium has an immediate whoosh of cigar debris, stained with a beautiful fenugreek note, hinting at sweaty role playing after hours in a room furnished in deepest umber-hued furniture, old wood, leather and the remnants of a dying fire. A feature note is iris but showcased as the freshly uprooted rhizome, mingled with the silver powered finish of the aged root. Ambrette further enhances the iris and the lingering tobacco of the start.
As it develops on skin, Corpalium becomes more abstract, an equine stable odour rises subtly enough to allow the scent of fodder and leaves to provide a deeply erotic ground for the preceding materials, notes and accords. There is more piquancy and aridity to Corpalium than the already existing Marlou perfumes, and once again we marvel at this remarkable invitation to musky danger.
Iris, Ambrette, Fenugreek, Guaiac Wood, Cedar, Castoreum
Perfumer: Briac Focrain in collaboration with perfumer Stéphanie Bakouche, 2022