Our nutmeg grows on the Bonds islands of eastern Indonesia. These islands - the original source of nutmeg - were a global secret throughout the 15th century, until in August 1511 they were discovered by a Portuguese general, and the European race for nutmeg trade dominance began. Our fruit is harvested with handheld telescopic pickers and left to dry in the shade - the seed oil is then steam distilled at source.
Mentha X Piperita
Top note; cool, sharp, mint
A cross between Water mint and Spearmint. We partner with farmers in Yakima Valley, Washington, to grow and steam-distill our high grade peppermint oil.
Citrus bergamia & citrus limon
Top notes; bright, citrus, floral, earl grey
The La Face family planted their first bergamot in the 1930’s and have been mastering the craft of producing citrus oils ever since. They have become our go to growers for Ffern citrus - and Winter 20 makes no exception. Grown on Calabrian hills overlooking the Ionian Sea, the fruits are hand harvested, and the oil extracted at source.
Mid note; sweet, dark, earth
Scentless when fresh and native to Asia, Patchouli is a member of the ‘Lamiaceae’ or Mint family. Our Patchouli is hand harvested on the Indonesian Island of Java. It’s then shade-dried, and briefly fermented, helping to break down the cell walls before copper still hydrodistillation.
Base note; herbaceous, sweet anise, spicy licorice, basil
Our 'Dragon Sageworth' is grown in the Sputh of France. The plants do not produce fertile seeds - instead the roots are hand split in early spring. In June the leaves are trimmed and the oil distilled. Our variety has a distinctive aniseed facet, with an earthy undertone.
Mid/base note; warm, spice, wood, dried fruit
Cinnamon has a long history as a valuable and sacred spice - imported to ancient Egypt from its native Sri Lanka as early as 2000BC. We chose the Ceylon variety, also known as 'true cinnamon' for Winter 20. Grown along the SW coast of Sri Lanka (sandy soils lead to higher quality oil), the bark is stripped, hung to dry for 5 days, and steam distilled.
Base note; tobacco, hay, coumarin
Deertongue, blazing star, gayfeather - all names for Liatris, a member of the 'Boneset tribe' of sunflower plants. We extract an absolute from leaves grown along East coast USA. The oil is often compared favourably to tobacco - capturing the mature sophistication, and adding an herbal, hay note.
Top note; incense, pepper, spice, old wood, pine, resin
Olibanum is a resin taken from the bark of the Boswellia tree. In our case, Boswellia carterii - a species native to Somalia. The trees grow wild along the Gulf of Aden in northern Somalia, and the resin 'tears' are harvested by local collectors over a period of weeks.
Base note; wood, earth, tar, smoke, rose
Grown wild in the Gran Chaco jungles of western Paraguay, guaiacwood is known locally as 'Palo santo' (holy tree) for its supposedly extensive healing powers. It ranks among the heaviest and hardest woods known to man. As a slow growing tree, the harvest is closely regulated to ensure long term sustainability. Our wood is cut into chips and steam distilled at source.
Rosmarinus o cinalis
Top note; mint, cool, fresh
We've chosen a Tunisian rosemary for Winter 20 - the woody notes of the cineole chemotype (in contrast to the European camphor chemotype) build on the Guaiacwood and Red cedar to conjure a fresh winter forest. The plant is grown wild in the south, and hand harvested by sickle.
Mid/base note; pencils, wood, dry, hazelnut
Our red cedar wood is grown and hand harvested in its native Virginia, USA, and principally used for cabinet making. Our oil is steam distilled directly from the cabinet maker's off cuts. It shares the classic woody notes of Atlas cedar, but introduces a distinctive 'pencil' facet.
Mid/base note; wood, earth, smoke, root
A Ffern regular: Haitian vetiver. We're incredibly fond of this ingredient. We chose the Haitian variety over its Javan competitor for its fresher, sparkling notes which work well with our bergamot, and because the root provides such a valuable and sustainable source of employment for the south Haitian community.
Mid/base note; fresh, green, balsam, licorice, sweet, jam
Our balsam fir absolute is extracted from wild grown needles east of Calgary, in Canada. The scent is often compared to that of jam. Intense, very long lasting, sweet, fresh and foresty all at once.
Mid note; spice, pepper, warm, fresh
Black peppercorn is a perennial climbing vine, native to the Indian Malabar coast. We turned to this ‘Pepper coast’ for our Autumn fragrance - the pepper that grows there has an earthier, more autumnal feel than the popular Madagascan variety. The reddening corn clusters are picked when ripe, and sun dried for three days before hydrodistillation.
Base note; forest floor, green, wood, earth
Oakmoss is not in fact a moss but a lichen. Our Oakmoss is foraged from the trunks and branches of wild growing oak trees in the hills of Samokov, Macedonia. It is then transported to Grasse, where the oil is extracted by a family run distillery.
Top/mid note; warm, sweet, aromatic
In 1969 Pierre Poivre - the renowned French horticulturist - smuggled a clutch of clove seedlings out of their native Indonesia, and introduced them to Réunion Island and Madagascar. The Madagascan variety has since established a reputation for yielding the finest oil - and this was the obvious choice for Winter 20. Our cloves are hand harvested by a network or families across the north east of the island, and water distilled at source.
*This is the complete parfum ingredient list for Winter 20. In addition to the parfum, each bottle is blended with an organic Italian wheat grain alcohol, and pure water. A list of potential allergens can be found here.
Winter 20 ingredients:
NB: For a full breakdown of our ingredients, please refer to the ingredient slides above. The list below is intended for the identification of potentially allergenic molecules - the natural perfume oils are grouped under the term ‘parfum’.
*Scientific names for molecules found inside our natural ingredients.
Beautiful fragrance that lasts all day. So fresh and interesting. I have been vying to find an organic perfume and I'm so pleased to have found this one.
Claire, Facebook 6th May 19, 20:23 See verified Facebook reviews here
I received my little bottle of spring this week. It is just wonderful. The smell is light and subtle and fresh. My little daughter said, very appreciatively, that i smell of fresh grass. Packaging extremely clever and absolutely plastic free.
Sarah, Facebook 4th May 19, 20:02 See verified Facebook reviews here
Ffern Spring 19 has landed!
I already waxed lyrical about the perfume when I first tried it the other day so won't repeat, but now that it has been delivered, I need to share the beauty of its packaging.
Ffern people, whoever you are, we are kindred spirits. The love and care that has gone into this product is immense, every single detail is just perfect, from the brown paper packaging with the nook to fit in the free sample to be tested/shared, to the little fold up envelope you pull out that contains info cards for the main notes. If I had done a perfume line, I would have wanted it to be just like this, so bravo Ffern. Moreover the price is reasonable. I am mighty impressed and good luck to you!
@brownpaperparcels, Instagram 1st May 19, 11:05 See verified Instagram reviews here
Firstly I am very impressed with both scents I have now got. The sample bottle is such a good idea to allow you to try it. The attention to detail is wonderful. I especially like the cards explaining each ingredient where it was sourced and where in the perfume notes it sits.
I have just received the Spring scent and I love it. It smells like a spring garden.
Michele, Facebook 23rd March 19, 18:31 See verified Facebook reviews here
These unisex fragrances are natural, vegan and organic. Incredibly carefully crafted. The tester sample allows you to see how it works on your body and you can return the main bottle if necessary. Such a great idea. I've now had Winter and Spring and they are gorgeous.
Dominic, Facebook 22nd March 19, 16:41 See verified Facebook reviews here
Oh my goodness... this is incredible! Every aspect of the brand from the marketing, to the eco-friendly and innovative packaging and not forgetting the fragrance. I just LOVE it... it is so fresh and clean!
Paul, Facebook 8th January, 19:22 See verified Facebook reviews here
Buy it, you'll thank me later.
Rosie, Instagram 7th May 19, 19:54 See verified Instagram reviews here
Ffern Spring batch delivered today. Love this concept and it smells amazing. Hubby loves it too. Can’t wait for the Summer batch!
Sally, Instagram 3rd May 19, 21:15 See verified Instagram reviews here
This is soooooooo perfect. Organic handmade perfume, blended in the UK from natural ingredients, with 4 different blends a year released on the solstice and equinox. Really. Could it get any better?! And it smells amazing...
Debbie, Instagram 14th February 19, 16:29 See verified Instagram reviews here
Just received Spring 19 and I adore it. I’ve been wearing Byredo perfumes for some years- they share a clean fresh scent- but this one feels more carefully crafted. And the seasonality complements that of a skincare range- de Mamiel- that I love too. The packaging and the sample made it a real joy to receive. I’m a fan.
Claire, Facebook 30th april 19, 19:36 See verified Facebook reviews here
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