A Lab WITH A VIEW
WHAT'S EXACtLY IN YOUR BOTTLE?
That's what we wanna teach you in a no-nonsense way. We selected for you 200 individual perfumery ingredients, both natural and synthetic (aroma chemicals or molecules) sourced from the best suppliers like IFF, Firmenich and Givaudan. From those 200 scents you will create mainly with a selection of 42 to keep your nose 'alive'.
Curious? You should! Here you get a sneak preview of our ingredients covering the main categories: marine, citrus, herbal, aldehydic, floral, fruity, green, spicy, woody, mossy, balsamic, gourmand, amber, animalistic, musk, leather, Chypre and Fougère. Enjoy!
Marine (Aquatic or Ozonic) notes bring a super ethereal, crispy fresh and natural touch to perfumes. Think of algae, drift wood, ocean breeze, sand, seawater and seaweed. Indeed, sounds like a holiday and very 'Marine', but they also cover emotional scents as morning mountain dew, air dried linens or the smell of a long-awaited summer storm. It may all sound mysterious but the impact on your olfactory system is undeniable.
some of our marine notes: calone, scentenal (seaweed)
Citrus oils come from the so called hesperidic fruits. These energetic and vibrant notes evoke the sharp tangy spirit of summer lemonade stands. Yum. Because our citrus friends are low in molecular weight they can give that magic sparkle and bubbly nature to about any perfume. It's like riding on a bike without holding the handlebars on a hot and crazy summer evening.
A few of our citrus notes: Bergamot, blood orange, Yuzu
Strictly speaking, Herbal or Aromatic are rustic scents with a certain freshness. Or, if you can cook with it, it's probably an aromatic note. So time to catapult yourself to the smell of a late-summer lavender field or the warm scent that frees up when you rub Clary Sage between your fingertips.
a preview of our herbal notes: Bay Leaf, deertongue, Kunzea
Aldehydes are organic compounds present in natural materials like cinnamon bark, orange rind and rose. Most aldehydes can be made artificially. By the way, there is hardly a fragrance without some type of aldehyde in it. Their scent ranges from citrusy, metallic, starchy and citrusy to green, fatty and waxy. Chanel No. 5 became famous for its overdose with the 'fatty' aldehydes C10, C11 and C12. And where would Guerlain's Mitsouko be without the peach-skin warmth of C14? Right.
some of our aldehydic Notes: C14 (Peach), Cyclamen, Myrac (Fresh Air)
The biggest fragrance group is also the most self-explanatory. Floral notes are the most versatile of all: charming, charismatic, sophisticated, mild, romantic, subtle and mellow, all at the same time. Many flowers - like Rose, Jasmine and Tuberose - are 'easy' to use in their natural state. Others - like Lily Of The Valley, Freesia and Peony - must be 'modified' in a lab. Floral perfumes have usually a single note (Soliflore) or a blend of different floral notes (Bouquet). What's your all-time favourite flower?
A few of our floral Notes: Mimosa, neroli, Peomosa (Peony)
Fruity notes are jumpy, light and friendly. Take the smell of a fruit stand on a market, the tingly sensation of little pieces of fruit in your mouth on a summer day or the juiciness of your favourite cocktail. Fruit scents love to run the show. They are loud, pretentious but never overwhelming. Like a downpour of happiness during a rock & roll concert.
a preview of our fruity notes: Pear, Paradisamide (Rhubarb), Watermelon
Green is the overall name for olfactory molecules which our brain detects as the smell of freshly cut grass, green leaves and beds of clover. They are primarily vegetal, grassy, spicy and peppery, but in a fresh, herbaceous way. A bit like an olfactory adventure to a meadow far, far away.
Some of our Green notes: Blackcurrant, Cis-3 Hexenol (Fresh-Cut Grass), Hop
Spicy notes are bold, beautiful and strangely enough bitter-sweet at their core. You can sense them in the spice isles of exotic markets with their vivid colors and very sharp distinct scents. Each spice hides a story of its own. When you blend them together, you can create your own exotic scent.
A few of our Spice notes: Cardamom, Pink Pepper, SAFFRON
Woody - MOSSY
Woody fragrances are – quelle surprise – dominated by wood scents based on notes of tree’s resin tears, moss, bark and fresh green pine cones, showing images of a forest after an autumn rain. Woody notes add depth, emotions and staying power to other scents. Like the rings of a tree.
Perfumes with a more aromatic, earthy note and scent are called Mossy.
a preview of our Woody and Mossy notes: black spruce, Geosmin (Earth After Rain), Sandela (Sandalwood)
Balsamic notes smell like a heavy, sticky sweet scent just like balsamic vinegar. It's a sweet woody odor with a thick consistency. They can be described as sweet, soft and warm. Basically, balsamic notes result from the use of balsams and resins in perfume compositions. And that's why oriental perfumes are flooded by balsamic ingredients. Sweet & sticky!
Some of our Balsamic notes: Benzoin Siam, myrrh, Tolu Balsam
Gourmand perfumes are truly seductive, bringing back the happy childhood memories filled with candies and lazy days. Gourmand perfumes consist primarily of synthetic edible notes giving every fragrance a distinct depth and unquestionable powdery complexity. So what about having an olfactory desert?
A few of our Gourmand notes: Cognac, Ethyl Maltol (Caramel), Hazelnut
Animalistic - AMBER - LEATHER
Animalistic is a big word used to talk about perfumes made with compounds of animal origin. As we believe in planet-friendly fragrances, we don't use any real animal ingredients like Castoreum, Civet or Musk as they can be replaced with substitute molecules.
Nope, there is not such thing like Amber in the wild. It’s an accord created with perfume notes such as Labdanum, Vanilla, and balsams such as Benzoin and Tolu Balsam. Soft and powdery.
Leather is used to define the pungent, strong smell that comes from the ingredients used in the process of tanning leather. Their notes have an animalic quality and a smoky scent like the fake - yes, it's fake - leathery smell of a brand new car.
a preview of our Animalistic, Amber and Leather notes: Ambrettolide (Musk), Birch Tar, Indole
Chypre is the name of a family of perfumes that are warm and dry and almost all composed round a woody, mossy accord of Bergamot, Labdanum (the so called Rock Rose) and Oakmoss. It's sophisticated, complex and pretty special, just like a wonderful night in the opera.
Fougère is one of the main olfactive families. The name comes from the French word for 'fern'. Fougère perfumes are made of several notes: the oh-so-known Lavender, Oakmoss, derived from a species of lichen, and Coumarin, similar to the scent of new-mown hay. The warmth and dryness, sweet bitter woods and soft floral touches make Fougère feel like wearing a bespoke suit.