“If I should labor through daylight and dark,
Consecrate, valorous, serious, true,
Then on the world I may blazon my mark;
And what if I don't, and what if I do?”
A member of the legendary Algonquin Round Table in 1920s New York, Dorothy Rothschild Parker is best known for her sharp wit and spare verse. Her quips still live on today, along with her penchant for deriding the miseries of her own life, most notably in her poem Resumé in which she enumerates the flaws in various manners of suicide and determines “you might as well live.” Despite her cynicism she was also a a civil rights activist who worked against Franco during the Spanish Civil War and bequeathed her literary estate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As sparkling and dry as Parker’s wit, the fragrance she inspired features her favorite gin paired with the crisp-sweetness of elder flower liqueur. She was a perfumista who delighted in sharing that her favorite tuberose scent was favored by morticians; here it adds a creamy floralcy that smooths the other notes into what we consider a modern Chypre. Dry, sophisticated, and fascinating. Much like Parker herself.
Notes: gin spiked with elder flower liqueur, tuberose, sparkling muguet, a modern Chypre accord