Review of the film PERFUME, Story of a Murderer.
Last night I saw the movie Perfume, Story of a Murderer, on someone’s recommendation. The essential oil and distillation theme and the scenes really got me excited and I think if that’s your thing, you will be interested too.
I had to go through the first 15 minutes but then I was very interested.
It began as the life of an unwanted mute orphan with a strange olfactory talent. The smells of everything overwhelmed him. He could smell through things, like worms inside the car, and smell metals and rocks. He could feel things inside the ponds and what people in his neighborhood were doing.
He wanted to capture the scent of a girl whose scents haunted him whom he had lost. When the girl died, she lost her scent and became obsessed with capturing it. The story continued. He suffered a terrible childhood and lived when he should have died to achieve it.
He went to work for a perfume manufacturer who was trying to find the secret ingredient in his rival’s perfume. This guy came and made all the perfume, not even knowing the names of the essential oils. I wanted to work, in exchange for knowing how to capture the essence of “anything”. This talent astonished the perfume maker who was rejected out of greed. He promised to show you how.
The boy not only made the rivals’ perfume accurate, but also enhanced it. The perfumer sold it and it became a hit in 17th-century Paris. The boy with the nose also made her the best perfumes and the greatest success among clients.
The guy with the perfume, in return, began to teach him distillation.
His teacher also taught him to use an old ALEMBIC, which is the name of an old distiller. They showed the process of 10,000 rosebuds in one ounce of oil. They went through every step of essential oil distillation. The whole history of distillation from the fields of lavender flowers, to the drop that came out of the alembic.
The perfumer taught him the art of making a perfume. I showed him the first impression, the second and the trace was important. He also told him the story of a perfume found in an Egyptian tomb, which when opened, fell in love with the whole world, for a second. This is what the boy ended up doing in the end.
The boy experimented, throwing everything into this giant alembic only to find that it did not capture the essence of all things. Things like horseshoes, cats, metals came out with hydrosol and oil that smelled of nothing. He felt cheated.
He got sick and wanted to die, until the perfumer told him that there was another way to capture the scent, but that he would have to go to Grasse, a small town, to learn it. It was called the art of Enfleurage.
Enfleurage was a process in which purified animal fat was taken and flowers were soaked in them until the flower slowly died. Then you scrape off the fat and distill it in a glass still over a flame and capture the oil that way.
He got a job at a place to learn how to do that. This whole process was shown step by step. This is fascinating for those who like history.
In his spare time, he tried distilling a dead flower harvester; he killed, and then placed his body in a giant glass still after his bosses fell asleep. This was amused by the way he tried to hide this from a nosy girl.
This didn’t work, your experiment failed. So he tried to kill a beautiful virgin, shave her and wrap her corpse in animal fat and bandages, then wait and scrape off the fat and distill it. He puts the oil in his hand, and the girl’s dog runs up to him, licking his hand and going crazy. It was successful. Also, whoever smells this oil on him becomes a little kinder and more delighted with it.
Yes, it gets kinky and dark. He begins murdering beautiful young women to distill the aromas from their bodies. She is obsessed with beauty and making that Egyptian perfume she heard the story about.
See what happens after he makes the best perfume in the world. The city is in chaos for all the murdered girls. However, it makes the best perfume in the world. One that brings euphoria and makes everyone think he’s an angel. Even his executioner knelt down and claimed that this child is innocent. Everyone present for his execution is filled with love and everyone has an orgy. It even takes the bishop.
This movie raises interesting questions. I do not agree with killing human beings, but you could say that killing a flower is the same, if you wanted to joke. So are you capturing the soul of a flower when you distill it? In the same way that you captured the essence of true beauty?
Also, what you’re doing may be capturing pheromones, via Enfleurage and distillation, which I think is currently only done with animals, not beautiful human girls. It’s an interesting experiment, but does it really work? Can human scent really be distilled? Can you distill human beauty?
This movie is really dark, it’s about a serial killer, let’s face it. It is not mine. But if you like to distill essential oils, this movie is for you. Yes, you can distill the essence of anything, practically. I’ve read some crazy old distillation recipes, but nothing quite as shocking as this movie!