Anyone who haunted the gothic scene in the '80s or '90s remembers the scent of clove cigarettes. Great clouds of billowing clove smoke created a ubiquitous atmosphere in dance clubs and at live shows, floating through the air and creating an unmistakable and almost religious miasma. Smoking clove cigarettes was a perfumed but dangerous habit which was simultaneously romantic and literally self-annihilating, and served as an olofactory calling card for the gothic subculture.
I'd been searching for a scent that would encapsulate the romantic concept of Thorns as a brand, and suddenly I realized it could be none other than thatvery specific scent I missed from gothic spaces of yesteryear. Smoked birch and tobacco essential oils (*nicotine removed), with overtones of clove, cinnamon, and cardamom as well as a wealth of other secret ingredients, this scent is the product of months of personal research into traditional kretek flavoring profiles and experimentation with different ratios to achieve the perfect scent of an old school clove cigarette, which you can now enjoy in a much safer way! Available in a solid perfume made entirely from natural, skin-safe ingredients, and individually hand-stamped with the Thorns logo, this perfume is my love letter to goth kids everywhere. I hope you'll enjoy this nostalgic and evocative scent as you wear your Thorns pieces -- without any of us having to take up an actual clove smoking habit. ;)
This version is a beeswax-based formula, gentle on the skin. A vegan formulation using ethically sourced carnauba wax is coming soon.