With His First Perfume, Rad Hourani Proves That Sex Smells

Last night was the press preview of the third and latest batch of half-dozen unisex perfumes from Six Scents. Formulated by Givaudan perfumers, the scents this time are conceived in collaboration with designers Alexis Mabille, Mary Katrantzou, Juun J, Rad Hourani, N.Hoolywood, and Ohne Titel. From November to February, launch events will take place in New York, Paris, Seoul, Beijing, and Miami for Art Basel.


Each scent ($149, limited to 3000 bottles)—which comes with a designer portrait by Robert Knoke and a DVD documentary about its making—is unique and delicious. But our vote goes to Rad Hourani’s highly inventive concoction. Putting the top in top notes, the first of four aromas is that most unmistakable of seedy fumes, semen, which symbolizes conception. The softer second note, baby powder, represents infancy. The third note, leather, evokes middle age, while the fourth note, incense, is a final, funereal waft of mortality. Imagine that, life and death reduced to a spritz of perfume. For a staunch minimalist like Rad, it doesn’t get any more minimal than that.

A percentage of proceeds will benefit War Child International, which works with children all over the world to reduce poverty, provide education and defend human rights.

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