Reverie

Eau de parfum


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Some fragrances take you back to familiar places; others can transport you to somewhere totally new. REVERIE is like that place in a dream, familiar yet somehow different. At first cool and dry it seems to shift to warm and rich in the same instant as recognizable parts form an abstract whole. Unusual and comforting.

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Artemesia

from Morocco

Almost exactly like Fisherman’s Friends, which is to say a combination of eucalyptus and menthol.

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Rosemary

from Morocco

Rosemary oil after distillation smells more like the dried herbes de provence with a stronger menthol note.

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Ginger

from Madagascar, Ivory Coast and Nigeria

Ginger has the great ability to smell both cool and warm at the same time, an aspect put to good use in REVERIE and VSOP. Thankfully, unlike many of the more delicate natural ingredients distilled into oils, ginger emerges unscathed; smelling like it has just been grated.

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Elemi

from the Philippines

The elemi tree emits a resin with citrus ambitions. Rather like lemon sherbet.

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Iris

from Italy, France and Morocco

Precious iris concrete is made from the root (not the flowers) of the iris germanica and iris pallida plants. Extremely labour intensive, each root has to be dried for 5 years during which time oxidation develops an aroma that is powdery grey and beautiful to the point of sadness.

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Oudh

from India

Like the noble rot that produces Sauternes or the mould in a blue cheese, shatteringly expensive oudh is the result of fungal attack. The Aquilaria genus of tree when infected releases a protective oil over the sick area. These darker parts of the tree are removed, aged and distilled. Trying to describe its smell is a thankless task other than to say it is extremely potent, complex and weird.

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Benzoin Siam

from Sumatra

Resinous benzoin siam smells almost exactly like the unpolished, more obscure parts of a wooden antique.

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Ambroxan

Synthetic version of ambre gris, the all but unobtainable substance produced by the sperm whale. Although it lacks the marine note of the real thing, it does have the same ability to impart a soft roundness to a fragrance and boost the reach of naturals. Unusually for a synthetic it is produced from a plant (clary sage) and so shares many of its forebears characteristics albeit in muted form.

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Cypriol

from India

Known as ‘nagarmoota’ in its native India. Leathery wood with a dry, spicy note reminiscent of vetiver.

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