We are standing by a sun-dazzled estuary, looking out across the water meadows. The shallows are shining silver and the ancient woodlands that run down to the water’s edge are scorched with gold. The sky is a haze of blue and now and then we catch a hint of coast, carried on the gentlest breeze.
The air, on this late September afternoon in Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall, swells with the scent of early autumn: the earthiness of the woodland floor, the sweetness of the meadow grasses and the freshness of the sea. It is a scent memory, rich and complex, to which we have returned again and again. For Autumn 21, we have sought to bring it to life.
First to the woods and the dense tapestry of sylvan notes. In recreating this we looked to oakmoss and vetiver, earthy and green, and the woody, resinous facet of cedar. To add depth, we layered patchouli with myrrh - both warm and darkly sweet.
Ruan Lanihorne is a place through which water flows. It is where the Ruan River meets the Fal and, at high tide, where the sea runs inland. The water here has a distinctive timbre, at once brackish, clear and crisp. After many iterations we found it through an accord of seaweed, cardamom and lemon.
The water meadow was perhaps the hardest element of all. The end of summer had carried with it many of the wildflowers but the outlines of irises remained, hidden amongst the grasses. Warmed by the sun, these grasses seemed to echo the heady aroma of a summer’s day and so we chose to weave them into the fragrance itself - returning to the hay absolute of Summer 21 and marrying it with the sweet, herbaceous notes of hyssop, clary sage, tarragon and coriander seed.
Autumn 21 has become a journey through scent, to a singular moment, belonging to a certain place. We very much hope that we have been able to take you there with us and, as ever, look forward to hearing your thoughts.
It is exquisite. It's unlocked so many memories that I didn't even know a scent had the power to do.
I absolutely love this one, it arrived this morning, it’s definitely my favourite of 2021 so far.
It’s a keeper!! Delicious & will carry me through beautiful autumn. It’s very comforting having a perfume to journey through the seasons with. Thank you!
An absolutely gorgeous and intoxicating scent. Thank you Ffern, each season just gets better and better! The scent evokes the description beautifully.
Even opening the box was exciting! The fragrance itself is gorgeous! I love it. Thank you and congratulations to everyone at Ffern
Gorgeous scent! My favourite so far. Arrived at the right time to give me a much needed pick me up. Thank you xx
My third season and just seems to get better each time . Thank you for such a beautiful gift each solstice or equinox.
I’ve just received my bottle and I love it! I can really detect the sea notes! Just beautiful.
You have completely captivated my senses again! What is this olfactory offering if it’s not witchcraft?
This is my second year with Ffern and I have to say that they have surpassed themselves with their latest fragrance. Hands down, this is my favourite so far. It is a truly beautiful scent!
I have wanted to replace my bottle of Heeley Sel Marin. Ffern Autumn 21 gives me that salty sea breeze smell I have wanted all year!
Mine arrived this morning. The excitement of opening it and reading all about what ingredients is a wonderful experience. The scent is stunning, and is my favourite this year. Well done Ffern.
Received my first Ffern bottle this week - simply beautiful, such an evocative scent. Love it.
Mine arrived today and don’t know how you guys do it as it’s yet another beautiful scent… simply gorgeous, thank you
I received Autumn scent yesterday and love the way it wears - it’s narcotic! I think it’s the patchouli note, earthy and grounding. Since I sprayed it yesterday I’ve been on an amazing journey with this beauty. Love it!
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%), Water (5%), Limonene*, Linalool, Evernia prunastri extract*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Geraniol*, Coumarin*, Farmesol*, Citronellol*
* Scientific names for molecules found inside our natural ingredients.