Midnight in the Palace Garden was first made as part of our Crimes of Passion collection, originally created for a genuine Arabian sheikh. We like to picture it as more of a 1001 Nights scene, our sheikh arriving from a long camel ride over the desert, to find a quiet, cool, peaceful open garden, lit by moonlight. There are sandalwood, orange and cedar trees, jasmine and frangipani. There's a velvet divan on which he can rest, with fresh orange juice, hot coffee, vanilla sweets and his paramour waiting for him.
As extravagant scents go, this is one of 4160 Tuesdays’ most outrageous: three kinds of cedarwood, sandalwood, coffee, vanilla, blood orange, davana - an artemesia which smells like mulled wine - jasmine, neroli and frangipani. Sarah made five accords: the tree of knowledge, the flowers of love, the sheikh, sweetmeats and the fruits of temptation. She wanted sensuality with subtlety.