The best bergamot oil for fragrance (the oil we use) is produced in Calabria, Italy. Responsible for giving Earl Grey tea its distinctive taste, bergamot’s sophisticated, aromatic citrus note is one of the building blocks for all colognes.
Iso E Super
The understandably popular synthetic Iso E Super is a transparent woody amber so silky smooth and modern it could almost be described as metallic; like a piece of perfectly milled aluminum.
Amber, as in the fossilised tree resin used to make jewellery, carries little smell and is not used in perfumery. Rather, the term refers loosely to a sensual, vanilla-resinous note that at most is an interpretation of the golden glow present in the real thing. The family of ingredients classed as amber is large and contains both naturals and synthetics as well as pre-made bases.
Vetiver (a grass whose roots are dried and aged before being distilled) has a distinctive peppery woody note that is easily recognisable and very attractive, whether used judiciously or as a main component.
Musks are colourless, synthetic and contrary to what some people will lead you to believe, will not mysteriously attract members of the opposite sex. Nevertheless they are pretty miraculous; giants of the molecule world (about the limit to how large a molecule we can detect) they are very handy for adding staying power and feel to a fragrance.
For CRUSHING BLOOM, extensive trialing was undertaken to find a musk blend that gave a seductive, silk like feel on dry down which also complimented the fragrance’s floral notes. Three of the noblest musks were chosen: ambrettolide, exaltenone and muscenone. For MAGNOLIA HEIGHTS, despite starting with a different blend originally, we reverted back to same three after blind trialling, albeit in different ratios.
Super crisp, clean and dry wood.