Kaiser Karl Uses Illegal Substance For New Perfume

Ranjit Rodricks , 27 Aug 2011
Designer Karl Lagerfeld
Designer Karl Lagerfeld

Designer Karl Lagerfeld – no stranger to controversy – will launch a new perfume next year, aptly called Karleidoscope. The bottle too, is in the shape of a kaleidoscope.

The press note says that it has notes of violet, angelica, freesia, patchouli and tonka bean. “Karleidoscope reveals not only the diversity of a muse, it reveals the aura of each individual woman,” says the Chanel designer, poetically!

The Karleidoscope bottle
The Karleidoscope bottle

However, while the fans of Kaiser Karl are already saving their pennies to buy this new fragrance, word has it that the elements of Tonka Beans it contains are actually a banned substance in many parts of the world.

These flat and wrinkled beans hail from South America and have a strong woody scent. In fact, it is primarily used in food to add a smoky flavour, just like how shavings of Mediterranean truffles are added to food to enhance its aromatic flavours.

Popular opinion is that is tastes (and smells) like a beautiful mixture of vanilla, cinnamon, cherries and….. a rich, flowery smoke!

A bag of Tonka Beans
A bag of Tonka Beans

Now if it tastes and smell

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