Salome is a perfume from a small, artistic perfume house from England called Papillon. In just a few years, they created a surprisingly large number of successful fragrances, by the standards of both perfume critics and enthusiasts, and we all know that they often do not match. The dark and intoxicating Anubis achieved the immense popularity and not far behind is the mystical Salome, who, like her biblical inspiration that got to the head of John the Baptist, did so to many niche perfume lovers around the world.


The inspiration for this perfume, the creator Liz Moores, found in a black and white photo of an erotic dancer who irresistibly reminded her of the beautiful and deadly Salome. She wanted to make a perfume that would exude mystery and sex appeal. Did she succeed in that? I’ll put it this way: Another head of perfume lovers ended up on a silver platter.

Those whose perfume memory goes back decades, when they try Salome, will immediately remember the legendary perfume Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent, which with its toiletry aesthetics and the heavy use of animal notes reminiscent of testosterone-soaked public toilets. Where Kouros was inspired by the smell of urine, Salome was inspired by the smell of a horse saddle. Animal, dirty, and kinky. But that is not new in the world of perfumes. After all, one of the most beautiful women’s perfumes of all time, the timeless classic Shalimar, was inspired by Monsieur Guerlain’s mistress’s panties. Perfumers can find inspiration everywhere, in any scent. Still, it depends on their talent, inspiration, and sometimes luck, whether they will be able to elevate that fragrance to artistic and aesthetically perfect heights.

Salome’s opening is very sharp, as only that imbued with fragrant notes of animal origin can be. But this frightening, beautiful, but the frightening opening is soon replaced by softer, velvety notes of rose and carnation. And when you relax enough, a large dose of jasmine, which, as the devotees say, subliminally resembles sexual juices, cumin, which resembles the smell of sweat, and musk, which is associated with you know what, are there to excite your imagination and passions. If you want to feel how sex smelled some 2000 years ago, try Salome.

[Fragrance notes] jasmine, carnation, blood orange, rose, orange blossom, tobacco, castoreum, vanilla, hay, styrax, patchouli, bergamot, oakmoss, cumin, birch.

[Fragrance group] chypre floral.

The creator of the perfume is Liz Moores.