sophisticated fragrances from plant essences
Our perfumes are created from essential oils, absolutes, accords, extractions, and tinctures rendered from plant both pedestrian and precious.
Tobacco flower is a rich, smoky, slightly sweet absolute with floral undertones which adds depth of 'character' and body to the heart of this fragrance: the oil is inticing, adding a hint of musk.
Tuberose is a carnal, creamy fleshy scented absolute that can easily overwhelm. The most fragrant of all flowers and highly nuanced when used sparingly. In the same class of 'white florals' as jasmine and orange blossoms. It adds to the sophistication of this perfume which is influenced by scent memories of the sixties.
This perfume began with a blend of bergamot, lemon, lavender, clary sage, clove, sweet orange... and true geranium. I call this my "madeline mix". This beautiful blend sits for months before it is ready. It's a versitile starting place for a fragrance because it easily becomes more floral, green, herbaceous, spicy, or citrusy.
Perfumes are distinguised from simple oil blends in their complexity and attention to composition:
Creating fragrances is a thoughtful, multi-stepped process with consideration of scent and chemistry: balanced fragrances that wear well are truly alchemical.
monique herzig, alchemist, aesthetician