sabotage by gamine

 

 
 

But who is this, what thing of sea or land?
Female of sex it seems,
That so bedeck'd, ornate and gay,
Comes this way sailing
Like a stately ship
With all her bravery on, and tackle trim,
Sails fill'd, and streamers waving,
Courted by all the winds that hold them play,
An amber scent of odorous perfume
Her harbinger

Milton

 
   
 
Which is what we told our perfume designer, Dr. H- , when we decided that no self-respecting Gamine could be without her own scent.
 
   
 
But first, we should introduce the brains, and nose, behind this branch of the Gamine Empire.
Dr. H- has had an interesting life. She used to be a model, a designer of jewellery, a crusading politician, one of the founders of the Dalmatian Green Party (i.e. the Green Party in Dalmatia - yes, we know what you were thinking...), a translator for the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces, and a marine biologist. Currently, she is researching ways of mending broken bones properly, as Mother Nature can often be quite lax in this respect, designing new, medically beneficial cosmetics, and conjuring up magical new scents for yours truly.
 
 
 
Dr. H- has a laboratory full of glass tubes, bottles and phials like they have in all of those films of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and a team of eager beaver researchers busily trying to discover new ingredients for her potions, probably in the Amazon jungle, or some such place that these things are supposed to come from. Normally, we believe, they come to her with new and previously unidentified species of plant that the Americans haven't managed to slap a patent on yet, and she extracts something that smells nice.
There's a bit more to it than that, obviously, what with the analysing of the relevant substances using special, very expensive, super-water, in order to discover and catalogue those very important molecules for which 'Sabotage' is to become so famous.
Recently, she has also cunningly decided to make two versions of Sabotage, a 2011 perfume remix, if you will. Version one: Sabotage Pétale - powdery, rose-scented and springlike. Version two: Sabotage Épice - spicy and wintery. We can exclusively reveal that they are the same, yet different! What more could you want? They are not available yet, but we'll let you know when they are.

 
   
 
So far, her research has proved that, as well as its evident aphrodisiacal qualities, 'Sabotage' also has anti-ageing properties, which, although not preventing ageing completely, or providing the wearer with immortality, will naturally be of interest to most ladies. (And probably quite a few gentlemen too...) And, best of all, this anti-ageing, aphrodisiacal, natural high is LEGAL!
(The Queen's Award for Industry is probably in the post as we speak, but if she thinks that'll get her a free bottle she has indeed miscalculated.)
 
 
 
Of course, identifying such treasures is a complicated and time-consuming process, so we have simplified it somewhat, as we know that you are not all of a scientific persuasion, and are quite happy to buy products made in industrial quantities without knowing how, or why, they were made.
 
   
 
And does Dr. H- do all this for the money? Well, yes, of course she does, as it is her ambition to retire at the age of 35 to spend her days fishing!