Terror and Magnificence by Beaufort London

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Terror and Magnificence by Beaufort London at Indigo Perfumery

The third volume in the Revenants series takes inspiration from the works of architect Nicolas Hawksmoor (1661-1736) whose foreboding structures define London's urban landscape even today.

Hawksmoor - referred to as ‘the Devil’s architect’ - continues to provoke interest for his distinctive churches, which introduced elements of Egyptology into traditional ecclesiastical settings. These curious architectural details, and his recent reputation as a Freemason has prompted speculation that occult symbolism influenced his methods, and imbued his designs with an inherent ‘terror and magnificence’.

By contrasting darkness with invigorating complexity, perfumer Pia Long has combined a vivid olfactory impression of the man, his works and his myth. Accords of Somalian Incense, dry woods and wet stone meld with opium smoke, papyrus and kyphi, underpinned by a base of Haitian vetiver and precious resins. 

The product’s packaging bears a representation of Hawksmoor’s celebrated work – Christ Church Spitalfields in East London.


Top Notes: Saffron, Black pepper, Birch Tar

Heart Notes: Papyrus, Tobacco, Incense, Kyphi accord

Base Notes: Benzoin, Damp stones, Haitian Vetiver, Labdanum, Myrrh

50 ml. EdP, 1 ml. spray sample

Family: Incense, Leather

Perfumer: Pia Long

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