In 2009, the founders of Parisian design firm M/M in Paris invited Byredo's Ben Gorham to their studio and presented him with three things: a block of solid ink purchased in Asia; a photograph of a Japanese calligraphy master practicing his strokes; and a large utopian formula that M/M's Mathias Augustyniak drew on traditional Korean paper. Perfumer Jerome Epinette created M/Mink as the olfactory translation of these images and objects.
For a scent with so conceptual an origin story, M/Mink packs a visceral olfactory punch. This animalic incense, sweetened by honey and amber and haunted by Adoxal's animal breath, practically pulsates on the skin.
M/Mink is animalic, mineral, and even marine-like. The scent of wet fur gives way to the smell of a live honeycomb, dripping with honey's sweet, feral musk. Behind the scenes, calligraphy ink radiates camphor and metal, while incense telegraphs a contrasting mineral coldness and a resinous, spicy warmth. Adoxal lends an ozonic aspect - this aldehyde that in minute dilutions smells like lily of the valley and fresh laundry, must surely be generously dosed in M/Mink, as it is redolent here of an uneasy and challenging mix of iodine and seaweed.
Perfume is often said to be a language. With Byredo's M/Mink, the perfumer using his calligraphy brush has written something elemental and alive.
Adoxal, incense, patchouli leaf, clover honey, amber.