Our process

At Ffern, we think that the world of perfume has a lot to learn from the worlds of whiskey and wine. We have redesigned (and continue to iterate on) each stage of the perfume making process. From the ingredient sourcing through to the fragrance ageing, every step has been carefully thought through - and has a single end in mind: Better perfume.
Ingredient Search
We search for the highest quality and most sustainably grown raw materials on the planet.
Oil Extraction
We extract oils from these materials with a range of traditional methods - mostly derived from the solvent extraction process invented by Francois’ great grandfather, Joseph Robert.
Parfum Blending
Brighton, UK
The oils are taken to Brighton, where Francois and Elodie blend them into small batches of 100% pure parfum.
Two Stage Ageing
Devon, UK
The parfum is brought to Devon, where it undergoes a two stage ageing process. Maturation, where the oil is barrelled and left to sit alone, and maceration, where the oil is blended with our Italian grain alcohol and left to sit again. Plant particles remain inside the mixture through both ageings. The ageing days for each batch are marked on the bottle label under ‘MAC / MAT‘.
Filtration & Bottling
Devon, UK
Remaining plant particles are filtered, and the perfume is bottled on site.
Controlled Storage
Somerset, UK
Across the county border in our Somerset HQ, the bottles are stored under tightly controlled light and temperature conditions to ensure consistency across the batch.