Futur (Robert Piguet)

Of my favorite Talking Heads songs, a sweet little ditty named "(Nothing But) Flowers" reliably tops the list. Instead of scarifying us with threats of a Cormac McCarthyan post-apocalyptic wasteland, David Byrne tells us that the future is certain-- there just won't be any drive-thru lanes.
Once there were parking lots
Now it's a peaceful oasis
(You've got it, you've got it)
This was a Pizza Hut
Now it's all covered with daisies
(You've got it, you've got it)
The narrator -- our Adam for this re-Creation story -- lists all the modern conveniences that Mother Nature has casually swallowed up, then begs of his Eve:
Don't leave me stranded here
I can't get used to this lifestyle!
Futur by Robert Piguet makes me chuckle for the same reasons. Originally a contemporary of Paco Rabanne's Calandre, its vision of the future could not be more radically different from that other fragrance's chrome-plated, mechanized Space Age aesthetic.

The original Futur is said to have been centered on a profoundly verdant galbanum note, presaging the "green" trend of the next several years. Rejuvenated in 2009 by Givaudan's Aurélien Guichard, the Futur redux is still green, but closer to the new millenium definition of the word: gentle, eco-friendly, naturalistic. Soft and sheer, it wears like a favorite cotton pareo, a comfortable second skin perfect for traversing your favorite meadow in the morning dew. Unlike many of the late-sixties greens, it does not push its way under your nose and demand that you reckon with it. It flits, it floats, it... okay, it freely flees and flies, too. Longevity is not its talent. But loveliness is.

From its first fanfare of wet greens to its later fresh-wind-through-the reeds drydown, Futur is a tale of nature-- maybe not scribbled by Thoreau in lead pencil on handmade paper, but at least in biodegradable inks on 100% recycled laser-ready stock.

And if the future is nothing but flowers, count me in.

Scent Elements: Bergamot, neroli, violet, jasmine, ylang-ylang, vetiver, cedar, patchouli