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Sticky Fingers by Indie perfumer, Francesca Bianchi, was inspired by the 1971 Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album which featured monster tunes like Brown Sugar and Wild Horses, in addition to the cover with the iconic rock’n’roll tight jeans crotch shot. 

From her website:

“Many intertwined reasons and personal mental associations led me to this creation and its title. One major reference is surely the iconic album from 1971. I love rock, and the 70s for what they brought in music, but especially, I love that album cover.

This perfume is conceived to be as tempting as chocolate stuck all over your fingers and you cannot help but licking them. Mind you: this is not a gourmand fragrance, and licking your fingers is a metaphor referring to other kind of irresistible temptations. Sticky Fingers sticks not just to your fingers, but perversely sticks to your mind.”

The opening accord is an intense pleasure, rich tobacco dusted with spicy cinnamon and coriander, sprinkled with with cherry-almond heliotrope, smelling boozy, rich and fruity. Then a refined chocolatey patchouli slides in slowly and smoothly, a dark chocolate and vanilla tonka mix, but “dangerously dressed in leather and playful…”  The scent so far is not gourmand, but is now deliciously warm and tempting, with a soft sticky sweetness from the heady mix of tobacco and patchouli.

In the heart, the opening sweetness is tempered as musk and castoreum add Francesca’s animalic signature, soon accented by the earthy oily complexity of iris butter. Sticky Fingers is beginning to get a little stickier as these sensual notes intensify into a sweaty and salty bad-boy leather accord that plays decadently against the tobacco and patchouli. The accord has a definite growl, now the sticky metaphor is beginning to become clear.

The delicious growl continues in the base, but in the far dry-down, the leather accord becomes less dangerous, tamed by the creamy resins of sandalwood and the soft almond notes of heliotrope. Dusty cinnamon, sweet tonka, buttery iris, warm tobacco, chocolatey patchouli flash up from my wrist as the hours pass, definitely addictive, yet perversely comforting as a velvety accord of scented skin emerges in the final hours. 

Notes: Coriander, cinnamon, iris butter, patchouli, sandalwood, heliotrope, musk, castoreum, leather, tobacco, tonka bean

Type: Parfum extrait 

Parfumeur: Francesca Bianchi


Price: $7.00