The name is the title of a concerto composed in the early 60s by Henri Dutilleux – being a concert cellist, the perfumer Vincent Micotti loves to names his fragrances after music. Métaboles also means “changes or mutations”: good call for this contemporary take on the fougère, which plays on the sharp contrast between the bitter freshness of green tomato branches and the sweet burning darkness of licorice. Geranium and spearmint bridge the gap between light and dark, the mint’s cool burn heightened by a sprinkle of black pepper and clove.
A “tailor-made perfume for expressionists”, says Vincent Micotti, and what this high-contrast blend expresses is cool chic with a subtle sense of humor. In fact, if Métaboles were a person, we’d ask it out for cocktails.