10ml Limited Edition
Eau de Parfum
MOLLY is a new perfume inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses for its 100th year anniversary. “Molly” is a conceptual Eau de Parfum, inspired by the Nausicaa episode in Ulysses which takes place on Sandymount beach where Bloom describes Molly’s captivating scent,
“Why Molly likes opoponax. Suits her with a little jessamine mixed. Her high notes and her low notes. At the dance night she met him, dance of the hours. Heat brought it out. She was wearing her black and it had the perfume of the time before.”
Molly wears a heady scent with Jessamine (aka Jasmine) and Opoponax (sweet Myrhh). Joyce’s olfactory descriptors beautifully illustrate Molly’s complex sexuality with Jasmine representing Molly’s ‘lower,’ or base sexual self – rich and primal with its indolic and narcotic qualities.
When referring to her “high notes”, the opoponax (sweet Myrrh) represents the divine, or ‘higher’ woman and has religious connotations. Myrrh is a resin which is still used with frankincense in religious ceremonies and church incense.
The last lines of Ulysses are spoken by Molly. Molly's soliloquy consists of eight enormous "sentences" and again her scent is used to emphasise her sexuality.
“I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish Wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”
In making the scent, Quinn composed notes of Jasmine, Church Incense Accord, Sea Air/Ambergris Accord (imagining the smell of Sandymount Strand), with added notes of Honey and Amber.