“Emotional excitement reaches men through tea, tobacco, opium, whisky, and religion” - George Bernard Shaw
Vi Et Armis is an explosively spiced ‘oriental’ Eau De Parfum inspired by Great Britain’s dominance of international sea trade across the centuries. Its key notes allude to the cargoes carried across oceans in the holds of British ships: exotic, occasionally illicit, rich wares contained in dark chests, traded between points on the map.
Tea meets sticky opium at the forefront of the composition, vying for dominance. Smouldering woods and tarry planks form the base with rich oud and incense complementing the smoked spice and alcoholic notes. Again, using heavily ‘overdosed’ concentrations of key ingredients we aim to produce an intense challenging and provocative fragrance.
Perfumer Julie Marlowe was tasked with creating a perfume almost as a collision of cultures - to produce a fragrance which is as complex, contradictory and dark as the chapters of our history.
Top Notes: Cardamom, Black Pepper, Black Tea, Whiskey, Grapefruit and Frankicense.
Middle Notes: Tea, Opium, Flower Note, Red Fruits and Ylang Ylang.
Base Notes: Tobacco, Birch, Oud, Amber, Cistus Labdanum, Caramel, Sandalwood, Patchouli and Atlas Cedar.