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Scenting The Traitors U.K. Season Two [contains spoilers]

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Before I commence with scenting the Traitors from the U.K.’s second series, a warning: SPOILERS are contained within this feature, so if you’ve not yet watched episode nine, please avert thine eyes.

Okay. So. if you are glued to your screens three evenings a week and eagerly awaiting the last three episodes of season two, as I am; you’ll already know that The Traitors is currently swaggering in the status of being one of the most popular reality TV shows of all time. The clever format – a murder mystery in a castle, but without the costumes, and with all contestants pit against each other in what amounts to a full-on psychological battle played out over twelve episodes – has proved irresistible to ever-growing TV audiences.

Apart from the atmospheric setting, presenter Claudia Winkleman’s brilliantly deadpan delivery (plus iconic fringe / eyeliner combo, and stylish wardrobe of chunky sweaters / chicly eccentric tartan garments), it’s the skills of the production crew that really make this programme stand out. One of the production team’s greatest tasks is assembling a group of members of the public who we can warm to (or otherwise…) while having Extreme Opinions about exactly what we’d do in their shoes, despite not having been in any situation even close to the one their shoes (and wellies) are in.

 

 

 

 

Twitter (it will always be referred to as Twitter, Mr. Musk) has of course been alight with Opinions punched out in block capitals, but here we are talking about fragrance instead – pairing the remaining people left on the show with perfumes it might behove them to seek out.

It might seem a peculiar concept, but in my previous features matching fragrances to movies and drama series, it’s been illuminating to pair perfumes with particular characters from popular culture and see the reactions. Even if you don’t agree with the choices, it sets the brain ticking over, wondering what (or who) you’d choose. It’s a really useful exercise to employ in ever day life, too! It sheds light on both the scent itself, and the person it makes us think of.

So, the next time you’re trying to decide if a scent is right for you, or which one you want to wear that day, and how you want a fragrance to make you feel – try thinking of a celebrity it could embody, or even a favourite novel or piece of music. Perfumers are inspired by a truly diverse range of artistic influences, so why shouldn’t we be similarly stimulated in our scent choices?

As we anxiously await the finale, consider awhile which fragrance you are most drawn to, and ponder if this reflects something deeper you’re seeking, beyond merely smelling sensational. And, of course, to wonder wether you’d be a better Faithful, or are a true Traitor at heart…

 

 

 

Andrew [Recruited Traitor] – AESOP Ouranon 

Given his gym-honed proportions, this scent’s inspiration of ‘the enduring stature of a monolith’, seemed appropriate, but Andrew has now been facing the problem of keeping guilt at bay. Despite his obvious physical strength, he’s admitted to being “a bit of a teddybear” in nature, so could do with something emboldening yet soothing. An aromatic dryness juxtaposes herbaceous breezes across mineral landscapes. Calming and supportive in nature, it’s just the ticket.

£140 for 50ml eau de parfum  aesop.com

 

 

 

Evie [Faithful] – BVLGARI Allegra Passeggiata

Having been teased by viewers supposedly unable to tell Evie apart from co-star and (now ‘murdered’) friend, Charlie, I’d suggest a scent that stands one apart from the crowd. A passeggiata is the Italian idea of a proud promenade, strolling through the streets. Leaving a trail of exquisite powdery florals caressed by soft musks, don’t be surprised if you have strangers stopping you, on your passeggiata, to enquire the name of your perfume (and never forgetting who you are).

From £143 for 50ml eau de parfum harrods.com

 

 

 

Harry [Original Traitor] – Memoize London EGO

One wonders if the darling of the early episodes might take the name too literally? With this scent, Memoize EGO seeks ‘The essence of identity,’ – something the Faithfuls could do with discovering, and soon. The development of the fresh green fig and sharp cassis warming on skin reveals ‘the true meaning of “you” the brand says. Will the sharpness be long-lasting for Harry, or will a softer side bloom? He’d better not spritz too heavily from the Ego source, either way…

£197 for 100ml eau de parfum in our shop

 

 

 

 

Jasmine [Faithful] – ARgENTUM Ruler

Alright, this was chosen partly because of the jasmine, but it happens to fit this Jasmine’s characteristics very well. Sparkling jasmine, tuberose and rose reveal a disarmingly crisp, green, yet spicy heart shot through with ginger, pink peppercorn and juniper berry – laced with sparkling citrus and amber. The brand says: ‘Balance the strength to build integrity and bring honour with a sense of responsibility. Adaptability is the key – others will follow as you lead the way…’

£28 for four fragrance samples – try in the ARgENTUM Air Collection Sample Set

 

 

 

Jaz [Faithful] – Penhaligon’s Eau the Audacity (Courage)

I mean WHEN will the other Faithfuls start listening to this man?! He needs some courage to back up his convictions, and helpfully, Penhaligon’s recently whipped up a batch of perfumed potions to aid flagging spirits, with this one ‘a bottle of boldness to cast off the shyness.’ Orange blossom, black pepper and vanilla are woven through with drifts of incense – smoke signals, perhaps? – while the amber-rich dry down grants a grounding base to be sure of.

£195 for 100ml eau de parfum penhaligons.com

 

 

 

Mollie [Faithful] – Ariana Grande Cloud Pink

When all about you is chaos and backstabbing, best stay wrapped up in your own fluffy cloud. Unapologetically optimistic, the floof is sprinkled with berries, whipped with praline and swirled in deliciousness – but you’d be mistaken for supposing this to be overly sweet, or so youthful that it will stay sweet. There’s strength here, too. The praline is dark, almost scorched. An invitation to dream, or a sense that the clouds might break to reveal a shaft of illuminating light, we wonder?

£33 for 30ml eau de parfum theperfumeshop.com

 

 

 

Ross [Recruited Traitor] – Contradictions in ILK Realist

 

There comes a time when the scales fall from our eyes and we begin to see things as they really are. Having had something of a startling wakeup-call, Ross is now playing a very tricky game of being an ex-faithful in traitor’s clothing, to avenge his mother’s ‘murder’. Such trying times call for a scent that’s both calming and illuminating. Here, ‘the olfactory passage from cold night to daybreak’ is traced via crisp yuzu and lemon, with trails of incense borne aloft on breeze of clarity-inducing cedar wood. Vetiver provides the down to earth, sure-footed approach required for his twisting path.

Now £87.50 for 50ml extrait de parfum in our shop

 

 

 

Zack [Faithful] – Adscenture Holographic 

A fragrance that shape-shifts and changes with every move is the only choice for Zack (if it can keep up with his unpredictable nature, that is). One minute it’s all zesty citrus and sunshine, then a bracing salty wave that catches you unawares. From fun-loving florals with a balmy air it then segues to warming woods – still tinged with the ocean breeze, but mellow, A scent to match with every mood (and there are many), it makes every day an adventure.

£60 for 30ml eau de parfum in our shop

 

Written by Suzy Nightingale

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