The Deadly History of Women Using Perfume as Poison


We’re such delicate flowers, aren’t we?

“As Baudelaire wrote in Fleurs du Mal, a poetry collection that has inspired countless perfumers and poisoners alike: “The charming airs which constitute beauty are… the mischievous air, the sickly air, the feline air, a mingling of childishness, nonchalance and malice.”

Perfume, in so many words, is morbid—terrifying, even. While invisible scents may seem like the poltergeist of aestheticism, perfume is often the monster, too, leaving bodies behind in the fumes.


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