<<<<< yuzu & oakmoss >>>>>
This particular fragrance at Alchemy started with a little poem in my head. Playing with words in my head "yuzu and oakmoss".
Yuzu is a citrus fruit native to East Asia with a medium aroma profile like mandarin and grapefruit; the pine-y finish means it plays well with the ferny accord known as fougere.
From the French word meaning 'fernlike' or 'fernish', fougere is the more masculine counterpart to a chypre (sheep ra). With lavender, oakmoss, and true geranium (mine has a hint of labdanum), a fougere sets the aromatic 'tone' of the fragrance and helps to affix the scent to the skin.
This year I have challenged myself to move away from the spicy oriental perfumes I'm most attracted to; to create scents that explore super florals like champaca and rose. And to play with fruity or aquatic profiles.
"Walden" has some apricot melange (essential oil fractions) which rounds out the scent and gives it some body, and also some of that feeling of sweet, damp, juicy bouquet.
I'm particularly proud of this as it is certainly my most 'masculine' fragrance to date.
A fresh decanting of "Walden" is ready. When it is gone, it's gone.
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician