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The History of Perfume: Part II
As we grow, we fall into step with our personal style. We treasure the garments that tell the world who we are and they become our uniform. Sofia Coppola has her white shirts, Tom Ford never strays from his tailor and Kanye West famously favours oversized sweatshirts.
There’s nothing more satisfying than feeling comfortable in your own skin. When you’re in sync with your personal style, your clothes are your armour. They boost your confidence during hectic days and wrap you up when you want to relax.
A signature fragrance is the final note to an outfit – the last detail we add to pull a look together. Scent helps us to say who we are. Through scent we can create a mood or an aesthetic to take us through the day.
When we burn candles, we’re trying to recreate this feeling in our home. When we choose a fragrance we create an ambiance. We’re taking control of the mood of our home and setting a tone for the evening.
Over thousands of years, scent has allowed us to make a statement about ourselves. In this journal entry, we explore how different fragrance families reflect who we are (or who we aspire to be). From the first colognes created for european aristocracy to the fashion-house crafted perfumes of today.
Chypre and Fougere – A Nod to Nature
These fragrance families are entirely inspired by the scents that surround you as you walk through woodland. Intensely animalistic, they add a primal, earthy note to fragrances and provide a link to the natural world in a way that no other scent can.
Fougere was created by the most prestigious perfumery in history: The House of Houbigant. It revolutionised perfume making and served the opulent royal courts of Europe, including Napoleon, Alexander III of Russia and Queen Victoria.
It’s signature fragrance Fougère Royale captivated the aristocracy of 18th century France as the first nature-inspired scent of its kind. Containing a blend of lavender, oakmoss and spices, the scent was a favourite at the decadent court of Versaille. Fougère Royale’s creation is considered to be so innovative, it’s been preserved at the iconic scent archive the Osmotheque, sealing its place in history.
Similarly, the Chypre fragrance family has deep roots in nature. Inspired by warm Mediterranean breezes (Chypre is French for Cyprus), the scent is created by combining Oakmoss, musk and leather with punchy citrus notes. Traditionally used to scent handkerchiefs, the scent has come to embody the ultimate luxury as the main note of Karl Lagerfeld’s Lagerfeld cologne.
Stumble across any vintage cologne and you’ll immediately detect notes of Chypre and Fougere. These truly timeless fragrances are unsurprisingly favourite combinations for men’s fragrances – and later, unisex fragrances by Calvin Klein.
The ultimate sophistication, we adore these fragrances for their heritage and their classic, masculine scent. We consider them to be ideal for someone unmoved by trends.
Woody Fragrances – A Deeper Journey
For centuries, sandalwood and patchouli have been used to soothe the senses and aid those seeking spirituality. Commonly used in incense, the rich, warm smokiness is ideal for relaxation.
The origin of this fragrance family? Iconic German cologne 4711. The blend of musk, sandalwood, oakmoss and cedar was first concocted in the 18th century – but remained an essential product for hundreds of years. It gained the nickname ‘miracle water’ as many even believed it cured ailments.
Woody fragrances like this are known for their depth – our Fig Leaf candle graduates from juicy, sumptuous green to a muskier leafy scent.
Layered notes have the power to take you on a journey, allowing for a moment of personal reflection and contemplation. Leave a woody candle burning long enough and you’ll be transported to North American forests, the Himalayan mountains and the exotic markets of India.
Deliciously Indulgent Gourmand – A Look To The Future
Gourmand fragrances are a relatively new family. They hit the delicate sweet spot between taste and smell. When you sample a Gourmand fragrance, you’ll enjoy decadent notes of caramel, sherbert, chocolate and vanilla.
As scent and memory are intrinsically linked, we can trace the popularity of Gourmand fragrances to warm memories of baking as a child. In studies, sweet scents like vanilla and cinnamon have shown to be the scent we associate most with carefree childhood memories.
We often desire those feelings of nostalgia, so scents that help to take us back have a universal appeal. Starting with the confectionary-inspired Angel range by Thierry Mugler, Gourmand fragrances are known for their unisex qualities – helping make them a thoroughly modern fragrance family.
For many perfume obsessives, Gourmand fragrances will always have a special significance. Sweet scents are often present in the first perfume we purchase as young adults. They’re appealing and light without being seductive. Often taking us back to when our identity was completely different from who we are today.
If you favour gourmand fragrance, our Velvet Peony candle is packed-full of delicate notes that create a light, airy ambiance.
Is There A Fragrance Family That Reflects Your Identity?
Perhaps you have a special incense or candle which you use to relax, or you have fond memories of your first fragrance? Tweet us using #moodsandmemories and we’ll respond with a personal recommendation from our range.