Marie Antoinette may have smelled like cake batter and frosting, but the rest of French royalty fancied Tonkin musk. The most aristocratic of antique fragrance notes, the Tibetan musk is a rich scent originally only afforded by, well, the rich.
Leave it to Paris-based perfumer Francis Kurkdjian (Guerlain Rose Barbare, Christian Dior Eau Noire, Gaultier 2) to bottle the bourgeois scent for his fragrance line, Indult, the name of which is translated from the Medieval Latin word meaning a privilege granted to a commoner by the Pope or King of France.
He’s called the eau de toilette C16—for the 16 carbon atoms at the heart of the musk’s molecular chain—and it’s as alchemistic as it sounds: First of all, there are only 213 available and exclusive to Colette. And if you’re lucky enough to have gotten your hands on the spicy, all natural blend, you must register on Indult so that you, and only you, are able to reorder till the end of time…or until you run out.