Botanicals

Perfume makes memories, so your perfume be as individual as your skin

Perfumes with a Botanical Heart             Our perfumes are all made with a botanical centre, made up of hundreds of natural constituents. When mixed, a synergy occurs,  much like wine-making.

Well designed perfumes can continue developing for decades, and why an excellent one is often beautiful at 50. Perfume aficionados will sleuth down a Chanel No 5 from 1925, with the same vigour as a wine-buff sniffs out a 1925 Chateau Margaux – (and will pay about the same per drop too…)

How It Started                 Scents of Man began in 2012. Inspired by the early botanical gardens of Philip Miller (head gardener at Chelsea Physic Garden in 1750s) a small botanical scent bed was planted and an obsession began. Qualified: perfumer, master herbalist, and formulator, a member of the Complementary Medical Association and proud to partner UNESCO biosphere.

How the Perfumes are Made                 Each perfume takes about 600 to 1,000 hours to complete – rather slower than most high street perfumes. When they feel right, they spend a month or more in the cellar, before coming back into the studio for final analysis. Each one is different, some change in leaps, some gradually lengthen, others  are pretty much as they were. When they finally become still, that’s the time to  decant them into their amber storage bottles, where they wait to be bottled. 

The Perfume meet Skin             What makes this method of perfumery so enticing is that the materials have been alive and growing, soaking up sunshine and minerals before distillation. Each year the crops, whilst recognisable, are subtly different.  Using a palate of over 400 botanical extracts, oils, resins absolutes and nature identicals, it can be a year before a perfume is ready to put on to skin (which is truly the base note of all perfume) and adds the individual element. We source the oils from sustainable crops and carefully and don’t use any animal products. When animal notes are needed, we use one of the excellent synthetic musks now available. 

Concentration               The scents are made in the concentrations that optimally suit the style: Pure Parfum and  Eau de Parfum, with a Cologne too, for the greener scents. Like most natural perfumes, the concentrate is quite high, often twice that of a synthetic perfume. They stay well, with enough silage to be enticing, but not invasive.

The Perfume Range           We have ten perfumes, ranging from a perky, cedar wood green, to a deep leathery rose/jasmine. There are some ingredients that are used regularly:  special rare ouds, five roses and an ageing sandalwood, who sits, like a nonchalant film noir beauty, draped next to an balmy old oakmoss, (both intensifying with age). Inspiration by the ‘Old Ladies’ of Patou, Chanel and Dior – we sometimes refer to our dusty reference collection of pre-1960s perfumes.

Botanicals and Algae        Our skincare is bases are all botanical extracts and algae- we harness what they naturally make. The local algae produces its own UV protection and abundant,  natural hyaluronic acid, for gold-standard rehydration! Herbalism, formulating and research all come together to make products than actually make a difference to skin. We produce and distil our own hydrosols and extracts. Which means April to November the distillation unit rumbles constantly.

2020 Exhibition   – Sponsored by UNESCO Biosphere-   Our Scentsational Scent Exhibition is in April – May 2020, set in an old woollen mill –  the Loom Gallery. We will show the early use of perfume,  a display of antique perfume accoutrements and bottles, (some still smell of 19th century scent). Lots of interactive bits for all ages, including a test for super-smellers and anosmics, and talks for those interested in more in-depth details – so we’re hoping it will a voyage of discovery!