Case 009: Le Labo’s Corn Mazefiled October 12, 2019
In collaboration with Le Labo, The InQueery is proud to introduce 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘯 𝘔𝘢𝘻𝘦, its first perfume in a line of unisex seasonal fragrances. Based on a childhood memory of “straying from [his] church youth-group outing to hide furtively among the stalks,” perfumer Robert Pierel created the nostalgic scent after returning to his starchy hometown labyrinth. “Knowingly taking that first wrong turn in the maze was my first act of queer protest. In that moment, I became the Theseus to my youth pastor’s minotaur.” Pierel has crafted a unique olfactory experience that reflects the plight of American farmers in the age of big agrotourism. “It’s a fragrance that explores the queer experiences of invisibility, and shrubbery.”
A rugged scent that says, “I’m lost…but not really,” Corn Maze is imbued with notes of distant pumpkin rot, withered mum, and an unexpected hint of DDT. To capture the essence of decomposing organic matter, Pierel bottled samples of tattered husk, blighted kernel, and abandoned cider donut. He even attempted to distill tractor exhaust. “The scent’s component hues unfold in a complex manner,” Pierel adds, “not dissimilar to gay shame.” $175
Rating: Maggie Gyllenhaal’s food co-op shift.
Good to Know: Available internationally as 𝘔𝘢𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘻𝘦.