A spring morning. The air is mild and a gentle wind has lifted the sunlit haze of dawn. Clouds form, only to break against the blue. Boughs of blossom reach over the doorway to the greenhouse, quietly dropping their pink-white petals. Inside beckons, smelling of fresh soil, warm earth and new, green shoots.
It is this particular scent of an English greenhouse - at once rich, heady, lightly floral and spicy - which we have sought to capture for Spring 21.
We began by laying the foundation: the distinctive smell of soil from which all life must come. For this we turned to vetiver, with its earthy, woody undertones and ginger, with a warm, spicy aroma - the scent of soil baking in the sun. Onto this we mixed pink pepper and basil, echoing the fresh, peppery notes of young green shoots. Complimenting this culinary sharpness are the soft notes of bergamot and the zest of green mandarin. In their succulence they capture the dense foliage of the greenhouse, the lagoons of emerald-grey that grow abundantly in the corners.
We brought in jasmine as a quiet reminder of the spring blossom in the garden - sweet and floral. And we grounded its delicacy with the more resinous, woody notes of cedar, a reflection of the greenhouse’s old wooden frame and the woody vines that interlace the ceiling.
For the centrepiece we chose, after many iterations, the bitter orange tree - this vivid streak of colour, a perfect counterpoint to the backdrop of green. Each element of the orange tree comes with its own unique scent. For Spring 21, we decided to incorporate them all. First the petitgrain, sharp and faintly herbal, taken from the leaves and twigs. Then the neroli, honeyed and airy, produced by steam distillation of freshly picked orange flowers. To deepen the neroli we added orange blossom absolute, created from the same flowers but with an entirely different extraction method, resulting in a more heady, richer scent.
Finally, we turned to the rind itself - a juicy, bitter, citrus note. Once the maturation of the fragrance was complete, we even added orange blossom water instead of the traditional pure water, happily incorporating a byproduct of the steam distillation process.
The resulting scent is light, spring-like, yet full of depth.
The whole experience of being a customer of Ffern is like a wonderful fragrant journey which leaves soft footsteps on planet Earth. Winter 21 and Spring 21 are both elegant and sophisticated - most certainly not brash and clinging like other commercial high street brands - thank you!
Hi, I’m new to the Ffern family and have just received my first creation. It is beautiful-absolutely evocative of the first chords of Spring...the sharp zesty rise of sap, milky orange blossom, warming earth-the promise of plenty This is a special company promising and delivering sensual delight
I received my Spring 21 perfume on Friday and have to say I'm completely obsessed with it - it's divine! Love the whole concept including the recyclable packaging and the strip of basil seeds to plant in the box - fabulous.
Spring 21 is my first Ffern purchase. Delightful fragrance , original and long lasting . Fantastic, fully recyclable packaging .
I have just received my first perfume bottle and am absolutely delighted. The fragrance is wonderful and the packaging and presentation is amazing too. I especially like the mini tester that comes with it.
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.
The winter fragrance was like a walk in the forest and the spring scent like a stroll through an orange grove. These perfumes are individual and just don’t have that chemical tang. I love Ffern’s philosophy and eco credentials - quality, originality and care for the planet. A really good scent is such a mood booster and these have been a real boon during lockdown.
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. (75%), Parfum (20%), Citrus aurantium amara flower water (5%), Linalol*, Geraniol*, Eugenol*, Citral*, Citronellol*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Limonene*
* Scientific names for molecules found inside our natural ingredients.