On screen, the legendary German actor Klaus Kinski (18 October 1926 – 23 November 1991) was best known for his collaborations with director Werner Herzog, including the classics Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Fitzcarraldo (1982).
In real life, he electrified the tabloids of his day with a larger-than-lifestyle that defied convention. Kinski was just the sort of hellraiser about whom it is said “they don’t make ’em like that any more”.
And as one of the enduring screen cults of the past 50 years, Klaus Kinski is now the perfectly appropriate inspiration for a new fragrance from the team behind the cult fragrance brand Escentric Molecules: Geza Schoen, Jeff Lounds and Me Company.
Produced under licence to the Kinski Foundation to mark the 20th anniversary of the actor’s death, KINSKI the fragrance is a richly decadent, textured scent with heady top notes including cassis, juniper and castoreum; a heart with oceanic notes inspired by Kinski’s love of the sea; and a base of animalic and woody notes that reflect his own almost feral sensuality.
The bottle design is an expressionistic rendering of Kinski’s own face, fragmented like the actor’s splintered personality.
Top: cassis juniperberry schinus molle castoreum marihuana nutmeg
Heart: plum orchid magnolia hedione orange flower rose benzoin
Base: vetiver cedar patchouly styrax cistus costhus musk moss ambergris