In late spring the elder tree blooms. Umbels of delicate, cloud-like flowers, that speckle the hedgerows and perfume the lanes with something sweet, green, lightly floral and sharp.
This season we have collaborated with Michelin-starred chef Skye Gyngell to create our most culinary fragrance yet: Spring 22.
In the summer of 2021 we visited Skye’s restaurant, Spring in Somerset House. Against the delicious olfactory backdrop of her kitchen, we discussed the shared artistry of a chef and nose; how each works to create a lively interplay between the finest natural ingredients.
We talked with Skye about our concept for last year’s fragrance - the freshness of a springtime greenhouse - from which we were eager to bring forward the light, floral notes, while building upon the culinary elements of basil and pink peppercorn.
Skye’s thoughts turned at once to two ingredients: elderflower, the floral embodiment of soft Maytime breezes; and green gooseberry for its sharp and bittersweet tang which, though belonging to the month of July, seems to encapsulate those first tender shoots of March.
Intrigued by the combination, we readily accepted the challenge. We were aware, however, that while in the kitchen, gooseberry ice cream is gooseberry ice cream, things can be more complicated in natural perfumery. Gooseberry oil cannot be extracted directly, and elderflower absolute is deep and musky, evoking hay and tobacco - far removed from those delicate, lacey umbels. Undeterred, Elodie set to work.
First to the gooseberry. Having experimented with several ingredients, she landed upon blackcurrant bud. Though it did resemble plump, juicy gooseberry, it lacked the sharp, almost sour facet we were searching for. Sadly we had to let it go.
With the gooseberry proving elusive, Elodie moved onto the elderflower. Starting from a base of elderflower absolute, she added peppermint and lime. These enhanced the absolute, bringing a zest and lightness to its opening. We were close, but not quite there.
After weeks of trials, Elodie made one final alteration: buchu, a diminutive plant native to the lower elevation mountains of western South Africa. The result was staggering. At once, the buchu brought to life the elderflower and even conjured our elusive gooseberry. Unexpected, but clear as day. Skye’s vision realised - an elderflower and gooseberry accord at the heart of our Spring fragrance, amidst the citrus notes, quiet florals, greens and sparkling pink peppercorn.
Received mine. Absolutely beautiful. The transition between the notes is gorgeous and lasted all day. Also, your packaging is amazing
Mine arrived yesterday…so exciting to open it be bathed in beauty. I love it! Thank you Ffern
It is the best one yet since I joined the ledger, its amazing how it changes throughout the day, I get the orange peel coming through after its been on a while which is just invigorating and invokes wishful thinking of the long sunny days that are impending.
I absolutely love the way the Spring 22 fragrance develops into an ethereal, delicate and light breeze through sun rays.
My son just introduced me to you and your spring 22 fragrance. I was absolutely enthralled with it. I haven’t felt that way about a scent in over 15 years when I first smell the child perfume oil. Great work.
Your spring did not disappoint! Quiet different from your fall and winter, this is my first spring from you. But I am instantly in love. There couldn’t be a more perfect spring scent. Thank you for being such a great company. Love the package with the scent note insert. Thank you!
My bottle arrived in California today! I know it’s a few days before the equinox but I didn’t want to (couldn’t) wait to open the package. It is a lovely fragrance - very fresh and light
Omg! You have done it again! Spring 22 had just arrived and smells beautiful I heard about you from The brilliant Times columnist India Knight last year and ordered my first delivery from you Spring 21. Every single fragrance has been beautiful. So is the box, packaging and everything you stand for. It’s so lovely to celebrate the new season with this present to myself.
I LOVE it! I loved it instantly. One spray from the sample bottle and I was smitten. And I followed the advice and sprayed it onto the back of my neck and it was a revelation! And so lovely this month to have collaborated with Skye. I love the story of the perfume’s evolution.
I absolutely love it! It's the kind of perfume I'd like to wear for the rest of my life but am painfully aware that once it's gone, it's gone!
I just received it- have no idea how anxiously I was awaiting it. It smells divine! Just like spring should smell. So gorgeous & elegant
I love Spring and that Ffern have embraced the most gorgeous tree for their new fragrance. Sambucus Nigra - elderflower, the perfect Mother’s Day present.
Loving this straight away! I love the floral notes. Gooseberry and elderflower straight away! Warmed by tobacco notes. Complex and uplifting. Somehow it reminds me of chewing on liquorice root as a child
I opened my sample of this season's perfume and I am overwhelmed with how beautiful this scent is. It is a master piece and I am in love! Already I feel a slight panic at the thought of approaching the last few sprays of this wonderful perfume.
It's a crisp-bitter, herbaceous, sparkling little number with Skye's suggested notes of elderflower and gooseberry blended with pink peppercorns and various citrus rinds, underpinned with a little body thanks to vetiver root and given a green edge c/o basil and Buchu leaf (look it up). It's like bottling that feeling where you step outside and realise Winter is finally over.
Oh my! Got home to find the postman had delivered. Once settled I opened up this beautiful package. On first spraying I got the cool peppermint with the lime. The pink peppercorn and basil then came through reminding me of raspberry and blackcurrant ribes. Florals sitting underneath and a smoky sweetness which must be the elderflower absolute giving it depth. Stunning! Love it!
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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.
It triggers off all sorts of olfactory memories, my mothers Eau de Cologne, crushed Lemon verbena leaves, my father’s homemade elderflower champagne and that peculiarly raw green smell that wafts around in Spring. Elodie has a truly remarkable nose.
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 (72%), Parfum (18%), Water (5%), Orange Blossom Water (5%), Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Citronellol*, Farnesol*, Benzyl benzoate*
* Scientific names for molecules found inside our natural ingredients.