A luxury fragrance that conveys a rare, precious, arcane personality

KINSKI is an ingenious olfactory homage to a man whose complex personality enthralled and appalled a generation.

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), a trilogy which pushed performance to the brink of all-consuming madness.

In real life, Kinski was often equally electrifying. According to Peter Geyer, head of Kinski Productions, which manages the actor’s legacy, his name came to stand for “leadership in extravagantly non-conformist thought,” a polite way of describing a man whose hell-raising scandalized even his most free-thinking peers. How do you go about creating a fragrance to capture the character of such a complicated man?

Geyer took on that challenge to mark the 20th anniversary of Kinski’s death. He wasn’t interested in simply merchandising the actor’s name. Nor did he want any gimmicky association with the idea of “smelling like KIaus Kinski”. Instead, he wanted a luxury product that would convey a rare, precious, arcane personality. So he sought out Berlin-based perfumer Geza Schoen, who has earned a worldwide reputation for precisely those qualities with the Escentric Molecules range of fragrances. Kinski Productions has licensed the team behind Escentric – Schoen and Me Company – to shepherd KINSKI the fragrance into being.

The result 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.