Wearing Edhen is like watching professional ballet dancers pirouette across a stage. To you in the audience, their movements look so easy and effortless it’d almost be easy to forget the years of training it took to achieve them. Edhen is this perfect dance between its primary stars, fig and jasmine. Both aromas have a heady, voluptuous character; however, in Edhen they’re balanced with the lightness of a breeze meandering through a sun-drenched vista.
Elea is a space your nose may have visited before but its interior design elevates it into another level.
It’s a bright, well-pressed fragrance with squeaky-clean citrus notes, polished woods and suave musks. It’s the olfactory equivalent of an Architectural Digest cover featuring a California mid-century modern house designed with a minimal but spacious aesthetic where even the smallest details sport a considered, flawless finish.
When it comes to perfume, we often hear the word “cheap” thrown around when people talk about synthetic aroma molecules. There is a deeply entrenched belief that just because something is “natural” it must be superior. What most people don’t realise, though, is that most aroma molecules are isolated from natural sources. In the case of ambroxan used in Esencia to replicate the effect of natural ambergris, it’s primarily isolated from clary sage. And it’s really bloody expensive!
Sleek, sophisticated and angular, Esencia is the Blade Runner of perfumery. Experiencing its dry, mineralic, leathery smells blurs the lines between what is real and what is “fake”, a recurring theme in a couple of Philip K. Dick novels, to create an aroma that is more than anything accomplishable by nature.
Fantosmia is a perfume about a smell that only existed inside a perfumer’s head and his quest to recreate it. An exploration of textures; the cold and mineral juxtaposed against freshly extinguished heat filtered through shifting veils in an olfactory cat and mouse chase.
Top Notes: Black Pepper, Annatto, Cardamom, Pimento, Sisho Leaf
Heart Notes: Fennel, Cascarilla, Nutmeg
Base Notes: Oud, Mate, Castoreum, Saffron, Tobacco
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A fiery blend of spices and animalic notes. Inspired by composer Gustav Mahler.
Black Pepper Madagascar, Oud, Civet, Jasmine Absolute, Myrrh
Perfumer: Yann Vasnier
250g / 8.5oz candle with 60 hour burn time.
Contradictions in Ilk
This scent is an ode to all-consuming feeling, a momentary olfactory glimpse into the whirring thoughts of a lovelorn teenager driven to obsession by their teacher.
Rubber accords underpinned by dark woods and spicy leather lightened by the presence of pear, custard, powdery lavender and wet grass.
A fragrant mash-up of the ancient and modern. Istanbul tips its hat to the big ambery perfumes of the early 20th century, but revamps them to fit into a 21st century modern lifestyle. Warm, viscous resins in a gentle whirl of lighthearted aromatics. Your jumper’s going to smell so good.
Dusky dark rose soaked in cognac and bitter orange flower, teased with soft worn leather, hot wax, spicy cumin, deep saffron and held down by amber and dark woods. Not for the faint of heart, but for the bold of spirit.