Belle Bête is the second fragrance in what will eventually become a trilogy of fragrances in the Eau de Peau line. The first fragrance, Peau de Bête, has been hugely successful.
The line takes its inspiration from European mythologies of human beings able to transform themselves into wild animals. In ancient times, priests used to conceive perfumes as the sweat of the gods, loaded with their power, desires, wisdom and rage. Because these gods could not appear directly to humans, they used to turn themselves into symbolic animals and the Eau de Peau line is the contemporary incarnation of the sweat beading on the skin of these animals.
Belle Bête is a spicy oriental fragrance featuring top notes of hazelnut, iris, saffron, chili, rhubarb and clary sage; middle notes of Atlas cedarwood, cashmeran, patchouli, vetiver, coumarin and coffee; and base notes of castoreum, civet, costus, suede, musk and ambrette (musk mallow). It is an eau de parfum, edp.