By Mackie Healy, Art Market Views Contributor
Kiki Smith loves the whiff of cat pee and plant sex.
These unusual scents helped inspire Kiki, her new limited-edition fragrance. She collaborated with French perfumer Christophe Laudamiel to create a scent that reflects her eccentric style, requesting a perfume which smelled like “plant sex” according to an article in W magazine.
(Laudamiel is also responsible for Elton John’s Black Candle aroma.) The limited edition 1.5 fl oz. bottles (4,000 total) are going for $175 each, nearly double the price of Chanel’s No.5 eau de parfum.
The fragrance combines woody scents like musk, sandalwood, and patchouli with splashes of warm fruity flavors such as fig and black currant. Smith’s favorite component? The boxwood shrub – which she fondly describes in November’s W magazine as a faint cat-pee odor that reminds the artist of her grandmother’s garden.