A subversively mysterious philtre of carnations, dianthus, absinthe, green patchouli, and bay rum.
“But there are moments when one has to choose between living one’s own life, fully, entirely, completely - or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. ” ― Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan
On 20 February 1892, Oscar Wilde asked one of the actors to wear a green carnation boutonniere for the first performance of his play Lady Windermere’s Fan. Wilde's friends were also invited to wear green carnations. Although he professed the green carnation meant "nothing whatever," it invoked many subversive themes - Irish nationalism, an homage to "La Fée Verte" also known as absinthe, and possibly the unnaturally colored carnation was Wilde’s way of making fun of a conservative society that viewed homosexuality as 'unnatural.'
Art: Detail from design by William Morris, c. 1915