Grunge meets glamour with this
dazzling new scent from Jusbox
The 90s and the whole grunge era has been a constant source of inspiration for artists and designers. It was also a huge influence on the recent AW17 catwalks, with messy hair, smudged-on lipstick and kohl-rimmed eyes galore. And now perfumery is getting in on the action, with the launch of Black Powder – the latest creation from Italian brand Jusbox. It’s inspired by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, the legendary musician known for his haunting vocals and seen as the spokesman of Generation X. Even if you’re not a fan music-wise, this rich leathery number by perfumer Julien Rasquinet is haunting as the many iconic photos of Cobain staring moodily out at the camera.
When you spray it on the skin, you immediately get a sharp bite of blackcurrant and crisp apple, that’s underscored with a rich heart of tobacco leaves, frankincense and sandalwood. Enveloping dark and mysterious, it’s the type of scent that’s intelligent and alluring but slightly offbeat – think Willow Smith in socks and sandals, holding a guitar and you get the idea.
Jusbox (pronounced “Juice Box”) are an Italian line, created by brother-sister duo Andrea Valdo and Chiara Valdo, and each of their scents is inspired by a musical era, with vinyl record-shaped stoppers and vibrant graphics. Other creations include Beat Café (a warm, rich evocation of Bob Dylan and 50s folk culture) and Use Abuse (an 80s inspired tuberose evoking the hedonism of the decade and Freddie Mercury). For true “fume heads” (aka perfume obsessives) wanting something striking and unique, Black Powder is definitely worth saving up for.
Black Powder is out now, £130 available at Selfridges