For the freethinker amongst you. Inspired by Simone de Beauvoir’s 1943 existential novel of the same name, “She Came to Stay” is a gender neutral perfume that echoes the evolving nature of our sense of self when faced with a world on the edge of change.
The semi-autobiographical novel tells the story of de Beauvoir's relationship with the French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre around the turn of the decade of a 1940s Paris. Alongside de Beauvoir's second novel, this highly influential novel is arguably considered to mark the start of modern feminism.
This perfume explores notions of freedom and sexuality that the protagonist pursued by taking a number of classical fragrance notes and giving them a unique twist that echoes the freethinking spirit of de Beauvoir and Sartre.
This is a 100% natural perfume set in an organic alcohol base and does not contain any animal by-products.
She Came to Stay is a warm fougere fragrance that opens with deep woody notes of labdanum, patchouli and oakmoss. Echoing the passion and creative energy that lifts itself above the austerity and oppression of a Paris on the verge of cataclysmic change. Within minutes and contrary to classic perfumes, this olfactory state quickly transcends into an ephemeral dreamlike forest of cedarwood and vetiver before finally opening into a lightness edged with a touch of basil and lemon.
She Came to Stay captures the individuality of your spirit and transforms itself into a lingering expression that breaks free from the conventional into a fragrance which critics have called “beautifully addictive”. This is an evolving fragrance that takes on the personality of the wearer. You'll find it will respond to you and can at times appear subtly different from day to day. Give it time to settle on your skin and allow it to tell your personal story.
Kirtland Ash's artwork for “She Came to Stay” is meant to question our perceptions about our relationship with our self and those around us. The collages made using found materials are about interpreting our perceptions of identity; both of ourselves and of the other. Of how we can find fragments of the familiar within the unknown. It is very much about knowing who we are as individuals.
We encourage you to choose the image which echoes most with you.
A self-taught artist, Kirtland Ash began his career in 1997, in Los Angeles, painting detailed, abstract images. His recent work is primarily collage, fusing text and images on paper to explore the human form.