There is a word for the way the air smells after the rain: petrichor. It is a marriage of two Greek words, ‘petra’, meaning stone, and ‘ichor’, the fluid that flows through the veins of Gods. It occurs when plant oils, trapped within the soil, are released by the rain into the air.
The air, washed and heavy with new scents, holds within it something of the landscape. When it rains within a wood, the result is perhaps the most compelling of all. For Autumn 20, it is this we have sought to capture.
Our beginning was Autumn 19, set in a Scottish pine forest. This season, we find ourselves in a wilder woodland. Older, darker, richer. More alive. Here the sky hangs low and the woodland floor, dampened by fresh rain, is varied and intimate, with lush green shoots emerging from the shade of a once-great oak tree.
We’ve rebalanced the wood notes, softening the balsam fir and introducing oud, an ancient, resinous base note derived from the heartwood of the aquilaria tree. The oud, together with the red cedar and guaiac offers up a tapestry of smokey, sylvan notes, reflecting the diversity of the woodland. The fresh growth is caught in the bay leaf, which brings a culinary liveliness, and the davana, with a herbal, berry-like quality.
Distilling the essence of petrichor was an entirely different challenge. After countless iterations, we discovered that rose absolute, cognac oil and oak moss made for an earthy, succulent combination - the honeyish, floral tones of the rose enhanced by the cognac oil and balanced by the musk of the moss. Yet while they captured the heady fullness of the air after rain, we were missing the fresh, sweet burst that appears just as the rain has passed.
The solution came in the form of rosewater. For some time we have been hoping to experiment with replacing the base of pure water in our fragrances with scented water and Autumn 20 gave us this chance - we are delighted with the result and equally happy to be using a byproduct of the rose extraction process.
Just a quick thank you for my wonderful new bottle of Autumn 2020 perfume. It’s unusual and surprising - I’m delighted and thought you should know.
I have just received my first perfume from Ffern. Autumn 20 is the most gorgeous perfume I have ever tried. It has layers of notes that smell rich, fresh and feminine. Perfectly balanced to wear from day to evening. Not heady or overpowering. Just perfect! My absolute favourite perfume ever!
I love the fragrance, it feels unique and special and the whole experience of being part of Ffern's ledger is incredible.
Beautiful, Sustainable, Creative! Deliciously crafted scents and I love the way that each batch aligns, and is inspired by, the seasons and cycle of nature. Looking forward to Spring 2021!
This is a very unique fragrance. Absolutely love it and would highly recommend. Lasts a long time - well worth the money when compared to other fragrances!
Ffern is a seasonal perfume handmade with great skills. The perfume smells divine. It is very long-lasting, I wear it when I go out socially and my friends love it.
I absolutely 100% recommend Ffern. Unique exquisite perfume. Superb quality superb team.
The Autumn 20 fragrance is just gorgeous. It’s warm and rich and is such a pleasure to wear. I’m looking forward to what Winter 21 brings. Great packaging too.
The eau de parfum created by the team at Ffern has transformed my approach to purchasing perfume. These carefully curated scents are imaginative, collaborative and evolve with the changing seasons. I could never go back to an off the shelf scent.
I do love everything about your company, so keep up the good work. From packaging to comms and the scents, it's been a lovely experience so far.
I didn't know what to expect when this fragrance arrived as I usually stick to my favourites. But I'm really loving the fragrance and it lasts all day
Autumn 20 is a wonderful fragrance that conjures up an autumn wood and garden in a wholly original way. I can't wait to see what comes next.
Love my first Ffern fragrance Autumn 20 - gorgeous natural perfume that takes me straight to the woods! Wonderful deep notes with a subtle rose top. Looking forward to next season
I've just received my bottle of Autumn 2020 and it's truly exquisite. It's like walking through the woods late in the autumn season with the promise of Christmas to come. I smell woods, citrus, vanilla, herbs and it's beautifully blended. It's a gorgeous formula and I look forward to receiving other releases. Customer service is also perfection too, well done Ffern!
It all feels like such a treat- the clever packaging opens to reveal a bottle of beautifully fragranced eau de parfum- gorgeous spicy autumnal notes to delight my senses.
Committed to producing small-batch, quality fragrances, the brand will only ever produce one bottle for each of the names signed up – the ultimate exclusive fragrance experience. Be sure to join the waiting list. With craft, ingredients and creativity at the heart of Ffern, all we can say is expect the unexpected.
Many scents claim to be unique, but this small batch unisex fragrance made in Somerset really lives by that mantra. Alluring and truly something different, Ffern could be the future of fragrance.
NB: For a full breakdown of our ingredients, please refer to the ingredient list on the main fragrance page. The list below is for the identification of potentially allergenic molecules - our natural perfume oils are grouped under the term ‘Parfum’.
Alcohol denat (77%), Parfum (18%), Rosa damascena flower water (2.5%), Aqua (2.5%), Limonene*, Linalol*, Evernia Prunastri*, Eugenol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Citronellol*, Cinnamal*, Citral*, Geraniol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Farnesol*, Isoeugenol*
* Scientific names for molecules found inside our natural ingredients.