Meiuke & Wands // fruit & firs
Alchemy to me is the blend of science and magic. Blending perfumes is part science (how to affix a scent without synthetics), and part imagination, storytelling and emotion.
Tinctures, absolutes, essential oils -all ways of distilling out the essence of the plant materials- are used. And my favorite place to start is with a conifer and a citrus. There are vast varieties of needles, cones, barks and saps that are extracted from fir trees and each one is distinct: Douglas Fir and Templin have some similar qualities, but evoke an entirely different experience of the forest.
Meiuke and Wands both start with fir trees and fruit. Meiuke is first a combination of Silver Fir and organic Pink Grapefruit, and Wands is Black Spruce and Orange Blossom. Already one fragrance is sweet and tangy, the other rich, woodier and more complex.
One reason we chose to work in small batches is that in natural fragrances, terroir matters. That means that where a plant material is grown affects the way it smells when it is distilled. For example Laveder augusafolia grown in Bulgaria or in France smells totally different*: one earthier, one more floral. And organic Pink Grapefruit smells different when it is from South Africa, or the US. While Meiuke will be very, very, very similar from batch to batch there are subtle differences.
* want to check that out for yourself? we have several examples to explore as part of the Bespoke Perfumery option when reserving appointments at Alchemy.
If you find yourself a bit flummoxed about terms in perfumery Now Smell This has a great glossery of terms including plant materials common in perfumery.
1. Tincturing organic rose petals 2. tools, filtering is the last step 3. blended for solid, oils or mist
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician