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In the near future, Major Mira Killian is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dange... Read all In the near future, Major Mira Killian is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. In the near future, Major Mira Killian is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
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- Goofs When Major shoots the geisha robot in the face, the robot's face is open, revealing its inner workings. The face then closes and, when next seen, the impact patterns from the bullets smoothly cross the seams of the closed face which they would not do if the face were shot when open.
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The future of human identity in the face of biotechnology isn’t necessarily the kind of subject that most fragrances consider, but Etat Libre d’Orange has never been too concerned with following convention. And we’re all luckier for that, because The Ghost In The Shell- a fragrance made in collaboration with legendary Japanese manga creator Masamune Shirow- dives headlong into the convergence between the natural and the artificial, using a unique blend of cutting edge synthetics and natural fragrant materials to achieve the flesh-and-machine synthesis that French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (whose work inspired Shirow) envisioned as the next leap forward for humankind. But enough about French transhumanist philosophy and genre-defining cyberpunk manga (!), how does it actually smell? Surprisingly bright and clean, as it turns out, as the fragrance is based on a gentle and breezy jasmine absolute with a pop of fresh, tart yuzu and smooth moss- the “human” heart of the scent- blended with a complex set of cutting edge synthetics that provide subtle but long-lasting milky, musky, gently powdery depth. In much the same way that bio-modification may someday soon be all around us without being visible to the naked eye, this is a skin scent that turns out to be much more than it initially appears- extremely subtle, but deeply enveloping, soft and soothing but with a dynamic, futuristic musky edge. If you’re looking for an everyday-perfect skin musk with a uniquely compelling freshness (and a very cool tie-in to one of the most revered properties in anime/manga), consider The Ghost In The Shell to be your own personal biohack.
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Ghost in the Shell
2017, Sci-fi/Action, 1h 47m
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Ghost in the Shell boasts cool visuals and a compelling central performance from Scarlett Johansson, but the end result lacks the magic of the movie's classic source material. Read critic reviews
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In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people's minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that her life was stolen instead of saved. Now, she will stop at nothing to recover her past while punishing those who did this to her.
Rating: PG-13 (Some Disturbing Images|Intense Sci-Fi Violence|Suggestive Content)
Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Adventure
Original Language: English
Director: Rupert Sanders
Producer: Avi Arad , Ari Arad , Steven Paul , Michael Costigan
Writer: Jamie Moss , William Wheeler , Ehren Kruger
Release Date (Theaters): Mar 31, 2017 wide
Release Date (Streaming): Jul 7, 2018
Box Office (Gross USA): $40.5M
Runtime: 1h 47m
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Reliance Entertainment, Crystal Sky Entertainment
Sound Mix: DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
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The real life version of the classic anime film can rely on a pretty neat production design and decent enough effects. The action works too, but it's getting rare at some point throughout the film. Instead it is trying to raise supposedly philosophical questions about identity and what makes us human. That's neither particularly new nor ground breaking. In the end that makes for a rather mediocre experience that can't entirely satisfy on any level.
Scarlett Johansson stars in the sci-fi techno-thriller Ghost in the Shell. The story follows a cyborg named Major Mira who works for an elite police task force that's tracking a cyber terrorist, but the investigation takes a strange turn when Mira starts experiencing glitches and begins to question her memories. Unfortunately Johansson gives a rather lackluster performance, and the rest of the cast pretty weak. Also, the plot is convoluted and drops the audience into a strange dystopic future without taking the time to explain any of it. However, the film has an incredibly rich and stylistic visual aesthetic. The costume and set designs, along with the special effects, make for a remarkably interesting futuristic look. And the action scenes are dynamic and well-choreographed. Yet while it's entertaining and a marvel to look at, Ghost in the Shell is a mess of a film that's formulaic and full of stereotypical sci-fi tropes.
Not amazing but far from disappointing.
Rupert Sanders spends a lot of time on the visuals, both painstakingly recreating images from the '95 film and creating new ones . . . unfortunately everything else suffers, from the lackluster script to the lifeless performances this mostly seems like a missed opportunity.
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The Ghost in the Shell by Etat Libre d’Orange
Hi Posse. Let’s talk about a FABULOUS title for perfume. WOW! The Ghost in the Shell is amazing. Long and kind of embarrassing to say if you are asked but a serious head turner of a name. You probably wouldn’t wear this to mass, temple or mosque anyway. Kinda cool for funerals though? Too soon? Lately ELdO have beeb doing some interesting stuff. I really love Spice Must Flow and have continued wearing it into warmer weather, which is a surprise.
From ELdO: Ghost in the Shell, a perfume that speaks of the human phenomenon and its paradox, a perfume to wear on oneself ab libitum, at one’s pleasure. A perfume as a propagation towards the other, that makes you the axis and the arrow of evolution; modern, indeed! From the bottom of the matter, rise up.” – Etienne de Swardt
GOSH! That seems like a bunch of random words thrown on a page. Like the Brad Pitt CHANEL No 5 commercial . Hard tp type or sniff perfume with your head so far up your own ass I suppose.
Fragrantica gives thee featured accords: Top: Aqual™, Yuzu HE, Hexyl Acetate (MANE Biotech) Heart: Jasmin absolute, Mugane™, Milky Skin Accord Base: Moss Accord, Vinyl Gaiacol (MANE Biotech), Orcanox™
OOH! It’s slightly aquatic on open, no it’s definitely aquatic, A citrus/floral/aquatic. The Ghost in the Shell is running cold water in a stainless steel sink as it opens but some very pretty puffs of white flowers distracts that sense quite early on. Within five minutes we get some warming, yes, the note list nails it. Milky skin, sun warmed, smooth and youthful with a soft bronzing. Sadly this section doesn’t last long enough. I wanted to kind of immerse myself here for a while, it’s so beautiful. Ah! The excitement of its arrival only has a couple of minutes before some vaguely industrial warehouse smell intrudes and takes us in another direction.
The Ghost in the Shell is a strange bird. OMG! That’s exactly what the heart of this smells like. The soft, powdery feel of a downy feather found on the seashore. As it dries and becomes fluffy it retains hints of the sea and the living bird it came from. Interesting linkages in my brain.
After this, about 30-40 minutes in the fragrance collapses into a whisper. It’s a very safe, dark woody nothing that seems utterly inoffensive and barely there. You are still fragrant, and it’s nice, but it’s just a slightly sweet skin scent with hints of wood. Better in silage that up close sniffing.
Totally unisex. Excellent longevity and very low sillage after an hour. Introverted fragrance.
My decant came from Surrender To Chance .
I’m wondering who among you might wear The Ghost In The Shell? Portia xx
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I’m pretty sure the name was a reference to the 90s anime of the same name. The protagonist was an android, and the cool metallic notes sound like it was trying to invoke a similar scent profile. I’m personally more of a gourmand gal, but the description of the fragrance sounds interesting.
Not me. Definitely NOT ME.
Everything about this gives me the flux – except your gorgeous (and hysterical) review. Times like this make me SO happy!
ps. I do love the name!
I would say it to anyone who asked – and make it as louche as possible.
I tend not to wear introverted fragrances. I prefer big perfumes that create a perfume cloud around me; however, I understand the need for a quiet perfume. Not a fan of aquatics so I don’t think this one would work for me. I missed your Spice Must Flow review as well, off to search. xoxo
Fair call Kathleen, I prefer a scent cloud usually too. So strange you all missed that piece. It was a while ago. Portia xx
I absolutely love the name of this! And it’s always nice to have something a little quieter when you need it (I think you are generally attracted to BIG perfumes as much as I am!) Xo
Hey March, Yes, mostly my wardrobe is about statement frags. There are a few low key beauties too. Usually Hermès fills that spot, and a couple of the CHANEL Les Exclusifs range. BOY being my go-to sotto voce frag. Portia xx
M – you lunatic! This has frog in it. F.R.O.G. FROG!
Other than that, Mrs Lincoln…. 😉
Just ordered the sample set of Etat Libre d’Orange from Luckyscent and I will start there before seeking this one out.
OOOH! That will be so fun Eldarwen22. Is that the round tin of their greatest hits? Portia xx
It’s called their almost complete collection. For $45 USD for 40ml, I say the price point is pretty reasonable.
WOW! That’s amazing
Sigh. What a name, but doesn’t sound like the juice lives up to it. I will certainly sample, but not holding my breath.
You know what Cinnamon, It’s nice. Maybe a little too low key for me but if you have less scent-eating-skin and don’t like to be overwhelmed by fragrance all day, just softly pumping out something nice, then it could be for you. Weird but very introverted. Portia xx
I don’t know that I’ll run out for this one (who am I kidding, nothing interesting is available near me) but how did I miss the Spice Must Flow review? THAT one will get me to make an effort. Always interesting, ELDO…
HA! You and Alityke BOTH said that MMKinPA. Spice Must Flow is an old trope done perfectly. I’m calling it as the gold standard. Portia xx
Anything “aquatic” is hell for me so I won’t be getting my nose on this anytime soon. Having reread your Spice Must Flow review that seems much more up my alley. I’ve taken my eye off so many new releases in the last 5 years. Not just niche but all newness. I Must pay more attention!
Hey Alityke, It’s IMPOSSIBLE to sniff it all. Even as much as I get to smell it’s just a drop in the ocean of releases. I find it best to notice when brands that work for me or perfumers/perfumistas/bloggers I admire go ballistic over a new brand. Patty here on Perfume Posse is one of my bellwethers. Also, aquatic can mean so much more in 2021 than it did 10 or 20 years ago. This is more oceanic than old school aquatic. Portia xx
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French niche line Etat Libre d’Orange has launched The Ghost in the Shell, a new fresh floral fragrance. The Ghost in the Shell was developed through an "alliance" with Japanese manga artist Shirow Masamune , author of the series Ghost in the Shell .
By mixing biotech and natural materials, this perfume silently celebrates the wake of the future and also whispers of a day to come, by providence or chance, when humanity is reunited and organized. A day when all consciousness is summoned by the infosphere to constitute a superior being and pass from the inert to the living. As the molecules assemble to make the living, we will then make a qualitative leap that becomes the starting point and arrival of transhumanism. This perfume is the future. It comes to us from the 20th century. Ghost in the Shell, a perfume that speaks of the human phenomenon and its paradox, a perfume to wear on oneself ab libitum, at one’s pleasure. A perfume as a propagation towards the other, that makes you the axis and the arrow of evolution; modern, indeed! From the bottom of the matter, rise up.
The notes feature aqual (Mane marine note), yuzu, hexyl acetate (green fruity note), jasmine, mugane (Mane floral note), milky skin accord, moss accord, vinyl gaiacol (Mane vanilla-like note) and orcanox (Mane amber note).
Etat Libre d’Orange The Ghost in the Shell is available in 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum.
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Nope, nope, nope. If this is the future, I’m staying in the past, thank you very much. ??
The whole thing sounds pretty weird!
I like the idea. I probably don’t like the fragrance.
We can sit together!
? If you get cold, I’ve got a shawl you can borrow (spritzed with a bit of vintage L’Heure Bleue.)
Ew, ew, ew, incoherent descriptions, mangled Latin, and desperate visions…. Yikes! “the wake of the future” ??? “ab libitum”?? My 9th grade Latin teacher Mrs. Ashe is rolling in her grave!
There is a longer description on the EldO website…I just took the end of it. In the part I didn’t quote, Etienne de Swardt talks about the book Hyperion by Dan Simmons. Since I have not read it, nor have I read Ghost in the Shell, it did not help me, but maybe all of this would make more sense if I’d included it, I don’t know.
Read the Hyperion series when it came out years ago. Like 25 or 30 years ago. Still have my copy. Basically it’s a redo of the Canterbury Tales. A group of pilgrims each tell their story. Just don’t see it in the perfume description. Don’t see Ghost in the Shell either.
Is this a new version of Secretions Magnifique?
Is this the reverse of Soylent Green is people?!? I.e.: “all consciousness is summoned…to constitute a superior being and pass from the inert to the living. As the molecules assemble to make the living…”
Whatever it is, it’s disturbing.
From the sound of it, the books are meant to be disturbing in the same way that many sci-fi books are meant to be disturbing, that is, they’re meant to make you think about where we are heading.
Yep, sci fi is good for that (I’m thinking of Philip K. Dick in particular,) but my problem is that I’m disturbed by where we already are! And, Robin, my apologies if for starting a big negatron ball rolling here.
Oh, not at all!! We can all say what we like about fragrances. We can choose not to read disturbing books, we can choose not to wear fragrances with disturbing blurbs…
I was not meaning to argue with anybody at all, just pointing out that you’d expect a disturbing description given the inspiration here.
I know there’s not any arguing here, Robin. That’s part of why we all love it! ?
Well I am neither left nor right with this. I am as HUGE of an anime/manga fab as I am of perfume. Ghost in the shell as in manga is probably not my thing with the cyberpunk vibe, but I just googled it and I love the illustrations especially from the 80s/early 90s. Anyway this is about perfume afterall? But I get excited when I hear perfumers reach out to collaborate with manga people and Japan in general. I would probably buy a 30ml just for that reason alone and maybe kept it new in the box as a keepsake. The notes aren’t my thing either.
I like that NST scooped Fragrantica – not found there just now! But that picture creeps me out.
Even for perfume ad copy, famously over-the-top, that is a whole lot of deranged bafflegab.
This also sounds pretty dreadful, or at least very much not my thing.
They lost me at “floral.” I think a lot of things are lost in translation, and this line in particular likes to push the envelope. I’ve always found them very tongue in cheek rather than disturbing, and so appreciate they go their own way. I would sample it if some came my way.
Weather or not the frag is any good I was pleased to see that they work with the creator of ghost in the shell. I haven’t smelt any recent Etat frags so I have no idea how this will smell. Having seen the Movie and anime of this my brain imagines ‘Major’ smelling Like Mugler’s Womanity. I remember sampling womanity and I’m my mind it straddled this natural and totally synthetic vibe. A colorless saline rinsing almost human skin. I don’t know why I never purchased a bottle. Sorry for the rant.
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MUBI: our pick of the best films coming in January, from Ghost in the Shell to Suzhou River
Posted: January 2, 2024 | Last updated: January 2, 2024
There’s no doubt that MUBI has carved out a niche spot for itself in the ever-competitive streaming marketplace. There really are few better places online to hunt down exquisite arthouse and independent films – and its collection ranges from old favourites such as Argento’s 1977 horror Suspiria, to newer releases such as Alice Diop’s Saint Omer.
In January, another selection of exciting films is being released on the site. From classic gangster films to celebrated comedies, here’s our pick of the best films coming to MUBI this month – and, even better, Evening Standard readers can get 30 days of MUBI free .
Reservoir Dogs – January 1
As part of its January programme, MUBI is releasing the feature-length debuts of seven of today’s top directors. These films include Noah Baumbach ’s Kicking and Screaming, Kathryn Bigelow ’s The Loveless (which she co-directed with Monty Montgomery) and Quentin Tarantino ’s sensational Reservoir Dogs.
Nuggets of all of Tarantino’s subsequent movies can be seen in his excellent first feature. The story follows eight gangsters who botch a heist; one of the thugs isn’t who he says he is, and there’s an exquisite twist at the end. True to form, the movie is jam-packed full of violence, but it’s the relationships between the different characters that become the most shocking elements of the film.
Corpo Celeste – January 1
Alice Rohrwacher’s Corpo Celeste (Heavenly Body) is another standout in MUBI's 2024’s ‘First Films First’ series. The Italian director’s celebrated 2011 movie, which premiered at Cannes, follows the experiences of Marta, a young teenager coming to terms with both her Catholic religion and her body. Marta finds the world around her strange and uncomfortable as her family returns to Calabria from Switzerland and she prepares to receive her Confirmation.
I Hired a Contract Killer – January 6
Over his three-decade career, Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki has picked up dozens of awards (including the Cannes Jury Prize, the Cannes Grand Prix and the Silver Bear) for his unsentimental films about ordinary people and the systems that are grinding them down.
To help ring in the new year in style, MUBI is releasing 10 of his films – all on January 6 – including the acclaimed Ariel (1988), The Man Without a Past (2002) and The Other Side of Hope (2017). Our favourite of the bunch is the cheery I Hired a Contract Killer, which follows a middle-aged French man in London who tries to kill himself after getting fired from his thankless job at a waterworks company. After two failed attempts he hires a contract killer to finish him off. But when he falls in love he regrets this arrangement.
Ghost in the Shell (1995) – January 13
This Nineties cult thriller directed by Mamoru Oshii follows cyborg public-security agent Motoko Kusanagi, who is trying to track down a hacker who is stealing human memories. The influential film, which is set in 2029, is widely viewed as one of animation’s greats, tapping into social and political themes including gender, asylum and ethics related to technology, while also presenting a visual treat. It has inspired filmmakers such as the Wachowskis and James Cameron and is seen as having spearheaded the Japanese Cyberpunk movement. It was turned into a film starring Scarlett Johansson in 2017 – but the original remains the gold standard.
Suzhou River – January 17
Melancholic, mysterious and daring, Lou Yee’s 2000 thriller uses the love story between Marda and Moudan to cleverly tell a wider story about living a life in a post-industrialisation China. Marda is distraught when Moudan disappears, seeming to fall into the river. But he then meets MeiMei, a woman who looks eerily similar to Moudan.
Yee is described by MUBI as one of the key voices of China’s Sixth Generation, the post-Nineties underground film movement, and Suzhou River has all the typical features of a director working in that scene: namely, the masterful film has been put together on a shoestring budget; the emphasis here is placed on mood and ideas.
The Draughtsman’s Contract – January 26
Surreal, cerebral and elegant, legendary British director Peter Greenaway’s 1982 comedy (only his second feature-length film) is arguably the best of his many excellent period dramas. Set in rural Wiltshire, the story follows what happens when aristocratic woman Mrs Virginia Herbert hires a young artist to create landscape drawings of her country house. As part of the contract Mrs Herbert must adhere to the artist’s sexual demands – which obviously leads to high drama, hilarity and even a murder.
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https://www.basenotes.net/threads/507000-New-Releases-Autumn-2021?p=5525854&viewfull=1#post5525854 Have any European Basenoters tried this yet? Thoughts positive and/or negative? Sure blind buy for me.
This is definitely something I'd like to try.
Looks too feminine. Bottle is cool, but it doesn't match the name. I don't think anything could dethrone Fat Electrician from their house. Tried most of their frags, and they're pretty bad, with the exception of a few hits, and maybe 2 or 3 that are bottle worthy,
The_Cologneist said: Looks too feminine. Bottle is cool, but it doesn't match the name. I don't think anything could dethrone Fat Electrician from their house. Tried most of their frags, and they're pretty bad, with the exception of a few hits, and maybe 2 or 3 that are bottle worthy, Click to expand...
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Lily of the Valley is really making a comeback in new scents.
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Interesting name, the notes make me think it will skew feminine.
As a fan of both the Ghost in the Shell series and ELDO, I'm very excited for this release. Jugding by the notes posted by ELDO, I guess the fragrance will focus on the note of lily of the valley (the captive Mugane of MANE). I hope there is still some interesting facets in the actual fragrance and it is not just another muguet/lily of the valley fragrance.
Lily of the Valley, Pear, Jasmine and Vanilla ---- sounds kinda tough for a man to pull off
it screams Female Juice!
Kaern said: Lily of the Valley, Pear, Jasmine and Vanilla ---- sounds kinda tough for a man to pull off Click to expand...
thebeck said: Sounds good to me. I wear so called feminine perfumes all the time, and have no issues pulling it off. Click to expand...
Kaern said: Hmmm -- not sure if there is a hidden meaning here :undecided: Click to expand...
On its way to me.
From notes it looks like Synthetic Jungle built on the base of Mitsouko instead of No 19.
Does anyone know what "Orcanox" is? Given the whale-ish name, I'm guessing some kind of synthetic ambergris?
Cook.bot said: Does anyone know what "Orcanox" is? Giving the whale-ish name, I'm guessing some kind of synthetic ambergris? Click to expand...
Was "Orcanox" a villain in the movie/graphic novel?
Brian5701 said: Was "Orcanox" a villain in the movie/graphic novel? Click to expand...
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Etat Libre d’Orange The Ghost in the Shell
Etat Libre d’Orange The Ghost in the Shell, fragrance review first published in Cafleurebon
“-So life is like fruit growing on the end of the branches..? -that’s right… -… it’s like fruit.” ― Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the shell
To say that I have been anxiously waiting to smell this is an understatement of epic proportions, both as an Etat Libre d’Orange long-time admirer and science fiction lover. The Ghost in the Shell is inspired by Dan Simmon’s Hyperion books – an epic saga of religious and philosophical fiction that created one of the most intricate, deep, and complex imaginary universes. Etat Libre d’Orange throws in the mix the connection to Shirow Masamune’s visual wizardry and weaves a fully immersive experience: one unsettlingly spot-on visual ad, a very tactile bottle, and a perfume that will surely be “the talk of the (cyber) town” this autumn.
Let’s turn to Etienne de Swardt for the background on how the perfume’s idea came into existence: “It is a night of pale moonlight, a night toward the end of the 20th century, a night when the old world is ending and the new one is beginning. It is a night when one trembles to boldly lower the sacred cross against the heart, to aid in the passage to fatherhood. So, as a crucifix, that night I pick up Hyperion, a novel by Dan Simmons(..) I read the future of man, the celebration of transhumanism and the qualitative leap of humanity enhanced by machine. I have rarely loved a book this much, I have rarely loved a thinker this much. I read that night what a man thought he saw in the tombs of time. I am a lover of words in the service of materials when they come together to make poetry in the bottom of our bottles; thus, a few years ago, I bring up the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to one of the last living vestiges of the triumphant 20th century, and I ask him: – “Then Teilhard de Chardin, precursor of genius?” A look, a silence and for the answer four unexpected words, four words whispered by my father: “GHOST IN THE SHELL”. This is the act of birth that makes the spirit of perfume. The rest is poetry to live on the skin. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin died in 1955, but his spirit continues to travel. This fragrance extends it through an alliance with the Japanese artist Shirow Masamune to transcend the spirit of Earth.” *read the entire press release here
Looking back at ELDO’s line-up, I will go on a limb and affirm that perfume has of the most personal messages left in a bottle (pun intended) by the creator of the brand. Drawing an arc in time from the night he became a father to his own father’s words, an idea coming full circle through the years, turning the lens to the deeper discussion about human legacy, our mission, and the answers that can be found within ourselves. We are told in the press release: ”This perfume is the future . It comes to us from the 20th century ” maybe as an invitation to meditate on the non-linearity of time. It also opens up a Pandora box filled with uncharted emotions, where we are left with a special kind of wide-eyed nostalgia riddled with hope, embedded in the source code of a special kind of retro-futurism . In the never-ending dance of the deus ex machina morphing into the ghost in the machine , let us unravel its story:
Stage 1: cryogenic fruits
We are embarked on Yggdrasill, the templar tree-spaceship that flows between worlds. Zoom into an upper branch, into the sleeper’s quarter where the cryogenic pod door has just opened, and high-altitude ozonated air rolls in white wafts from the glass ceiling. Head pounding from that very specific type of headache and dizzy lightheadedness that accompanies every resurrection – ” la petite mort ”, as you tongue-in-cheek refer to the awakenings from the cryogenic fugue, you unpeel the last sensor tape that clings to your leg and step out.
Remembering your training, you begin the sensory recalibration procedure. Standing before the large windows that have now started to project familiar images from pre-Hegira Earth, you take rhythmic breathes of the treated air that fills in the room, in perfect sync with the images that start rolling on the screens. Wuthering heights, high on the cliffs above the waves, air filled with the green and salty aroma of the cold sea, you clench your jaw and feel the metallic aftertaste of thunders in your mouth. The tension dissipates, waves turn to ripples, muscles unwind, the grey skies turn to unbearable light blue, fluffy white scattered clouds, the airy and elevated wafts of alpine heights caressing the inside of your nostrils. Memories from eons ago come in waves, interfering with reality, like a swarm of technicolor static flies that hover in the dense air, to form one specific, immersive and tactile memory: taking out a green bar of soap from its metal tin and washing your hands in the cold mountain stream, slowly, with ritualistic gestures, before making the sign of the cross with your hands.
Recalibration ritual completed now, it’s time to take your vitamins. You take the glass jar, filled with the iridescent yellow-green juice, and gulp down the potion that sublimated a cornucopia of old-Earth fruits, merged into one multisensorial experience: the green peel of an apple, crisp and tart, a juicy mouthwatering pear, the soft creaminess of a ripe banana and the bitter-sour yuzu, sliding between your tastebuds between zesty citric and deep tangy richness.
Mood: alive, tangy, electrified, metallic fruits, ozonic
Credits: Aqual™, Yuzu HE, Hexyl Acetate
Stage II Manga flowers :
Setting: a pastel-colorized manga page, depicting a greenhouse filled with flowers. Eyes jumping from frame to frame, trying to understand the timeline of the action in the collage. Sensory enhancement headset on, zoom into the drawn world, to unlock its secrets. A huge pile of plastic cables, spawn between the frames, sit in the sun, warming up and slowly releasing their sweet artificial smell in the greenhouse air. Trying to pull them together, to see where they lead, like some twisted version of Ariadne’s thread , the garden hose edition, you start to have a new bout of flashback glitches. Your hands round up in the air in the automated gesture of grabbing the ghost of an ancient steering wheel. You close your eyes and inhale the familiar scent, trying to calm down. That was the summer of 1997AC, Earth life memory slot nr 7853, your first new car, scorching heat of the summer, laughing with painful surprise when you touched the hot wheel of your green Peugeot 206, parked in the sun for too long. The memory is condensed and served in your tastebuds and nose in one burst: sweet, plastic, hot, and dense.
Wondering if it’s just another fake memory, you breathe in the intoxicating scent of jasmine -fresh, fruity, and solar, that rises from the thousand floral heads, petals multiplied to infinity in the greenhouse mirrored walls. From the outside, you feel the light of a different kind of sun, gleaming and bouncing back, reflecting in a pastel-powder kaleidoscope with blurry edges. You are NOT in Kansas anymore , you whisper to yourself while looking at the convoluted ways in which the flowers’ branches are hugging the metallic structures, drawing strange labyrinthic patterns. The rhythmic sound of a robotic arm becomes more clear and loud as you approach the exit. “ Fear sometimes tastes like sucking on a 9-volt battery, remember kiddo ?” said the muffled voice in your head. In the corner, freshly out of the printing liquid, the new human shell is shedding its milky opaque outer layer to reveal the pink fruit of the flesh. It’s been a while since you took female form, you think before transferring into your new flesh vehicle.
Mood: Light, aldehydic, airy florals, metallics, sweet warm plastic, soft green, and fuzzy-edged white florals
Credits: Jasmin absolute, Mugane™ Milky Skin Accord
Stage III – Anime rain
The city has been drowning in the never-ending calm rain, for what would seem like an eternity. The vegetation slowly took over the urban landscape, turning the city into a futuristic radiation-free version of a crowded Pripyat, neon lights included. If superimposed on the song playing in the background of the montage sequence from Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 film, “Ghost in the Shell” we would also have a scented map of a city, here is where things would perfectly align: mossy, earthy, and woodsy, merging in the artifacts of an old, dying world with the promise of the new one, still amidst its painful prolonged birth.
We have the smell of an urbanized mossy damp forest floor, with roots entwined beneath the glistening wet cracked pavement of the city. A city like a lived-in skin, one life merging into the next, blurring and erasing the edges of the individual to the hum of the sentient human bee-hive. Wafts from restaurants rolling into the streets, spicy and smoky, bakery windows filled with powdered delights and vanillic offerings, the street vendor’s carts silently rolling on the sidewalk, newspaper cones filled with roasted peanuts. Some version of enhanced emotional thermooptic camouflage, to be used on yourself, Matryoshka .
Mood: I am home-but-I-am-homesick : quiet, woody, whispered, nostalgic, relaxing, comforting
Credits: Moss Accord, Vinyl Gaiacol (MANE Biotech), Orcanox™ (moss, vanilla, orcanox)
Contrary to the expectations, Ghost in the shell is not a what you would call (read the following lines with fingers in the air quoting stiff upper lip ) “difficult artistic experiment” with “high shock value”. It is surprisingly easy to wear, comfortable, and luminous. A “ strong but silent” type of sidekick, wafting close to skin, hugging the curves of the uncanny valley of “identically natural” fruits and flowers, The Ghost in the shell delivers an airy experience that effortlessly slides from mineral to fruity, and from floral to mossy. With the ease and fluid movements of an olfactive exoskeleton, build to reduces the effects of gravity, but with enough of an androgynous android wink to keep things interesting and subversive, The Ghost in the shell is a weird place of overlap in a Ven Diagram where fragrance, manga, anime and SF geeks will unite (to agree or disagree).
Also read about: Rien
A mixture of biotech and natural materials: Aqual™ Yuzu HE, Hexyl Acetate (MANE Biotech); Jasmin absolute, Mugane™, Milky Skin Accord; Moss Accord, Vinyl Gaiacol (MANE Biotech), Orcanox™
Disclosure: Bottle kindly provided by Etat Libre d’Orange opinions are my own
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Notes include Aqual™ (ozonic accord), yuzu HE, hexyl acetate (MANE biotech-smells like pear), jasmine absolute (Mugane™), milky skin accord, moss accord, vinyl gaiacol (MANE biotech-smells like amber and vanilla), and orcanox™ (ambroxan).
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Base Notes: Moss Accord, Vinyl Gaiacol (MANE Biotech), Orcanox™
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MERGER OF THE MATTER, BIRTH OF THE SPIRIT.
It is a night of pale moonlight, a night toward the end of the 20th century, a night when the old world is ending and the new one is beginning. It is a night when one trembles to boldly lower the sacred cross against the heart, to aid in the passage to fatherhood.
So, as a crucifix, that night I pick up Hyperion, a novel by Dan Simmons. This is a masterful science fiction saga that celebrates the infinite legend of the French Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who was a 20th-century researcher, paleontologist, theologian and philosopher.
And I read, pacified, until the reflections of the dawn, until the first golden rays of the East. I read the future of man, the celebration of transhumanism and the qualitative leap of humanity enhanced by machine. I have rarely loved a book this much, I have rarely loved a thinker this much. I read that night what a man thought he saw in the tombs of time.
I am a lover of words in the service of materials when they come together to make poetry in the bottom of our bottles; thus, a few years ago, I bring up the work of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to one of the last living vestiges of the triumphant 20th century, and I ask him: "Then Teilhard de Chardin, precursor of genius?" A look, a silence and for the answer four unexpected words, four words whispered by my father: "GHOST IN THE SHELL". This is the act of birth that makes the spirit of perfume. The rest is poetry to live on the skin.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin died in 1955, but his spirit continues to travel. This fragrance extends it through an alliance with the Japanese artist Shirow Masamune to transcend the spirit of Earth.
By mixing biotech and natural materials, this perfume silently celebrates the wake of the future and also whispers of a day to come, by providence or chance, when humanity is reunited and organized. A day when all consciousness is summoned by the infosphere to constitute a superior being and pass from the inert to the living. As the molecules assemble to make the living, we will then make a qualitative leap that becomes the starting point and arrival of transhumanism. This perfume is the future. It comes to us from the 20th century.
Ghost in the Shell, a perfume that speaks of the human phenomenon and its paradox, a perfume to wear on oneself ab libitum , at one’s pleasure. A perfume as a propagation towards the other, that makes you the axis and the arrow of evolution; modern, indeed! From the bottom of the matter, rise up.
Etienne de Swardt
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Etat libre d'Orange is the creation of the South African born but truly international, and very conceptual, Etienne de Swardt. "Perfume is Dead! Long Live Perfume!" is his war-cry, celebrating a new No Man’s Land of perfume where literally anything goes, where “provocative” does not just mean saucy teasing but cocking a shocking snook at authority and the establishment, and advancing the frontiers of olfactory science, art and discovery.
The brilliant team of Noses flaunt their sexuality in their creations, but however avant-garde, Etat Libre d'Orange's standards of craftsmanship and quality are second to none. Their materials are of the finest quality, their inspirations are eclectic; their fragrances addictive.
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