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Blended + barrel-aged
in SW England

Summer 22

£79
Organic eau de parfum twice aged and bottled in Devon, England. 32ml. Plastic free packaging.
Release Date21/06/22 09:06
Barrel-ageing days41/60
Archive stock levelN/A
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Summer 22 is composed of 18 natural ingredients: 7 top notes, 6 mid notes, and 5 base notes. Click on an ingredient below to find out more about our sourcing approach, and the ingredient's history.
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WATCH THE FILM

Film by Sam FinneyAaton XTR 16mmThe Summer 22 film gestures to the traders who used to navigate the waterways of East Anglia by boat - we imagined them bringing citrus fruits from far-off lands to the quiet expanses of the Broads.⁠

In the cool dim of nightfall a wild rose blooms.

For Summer 22 we asked ourselves: how might we reinvent the floral in a perfume?

This quest for a new florality is something we have been working on for two years now. We often turn to the quiet delicacy of jasmine and neroli, but the most iconic of floral notes - namely the rose - has remained elusive, never quite fitting with our house style. 

Despite this, we seek rose out again and again. In Summer 22, we hoped it might play a role: bringing a floral succulence and depth to the scene of a late summer’s eve.

First we laid the foundation – the warm, spicy heat of baked earth. For this, as in previous summer fragrances, we looked to nutmeg’s dusty sweetness, peppery, incense-like olibanum and warm hay with its facets of tobacco and almond. Onto these notes we layered bitter orange and kumquat for their bright zest and tang – and rose absolute, heady and honeyish, reminiscent of a perfect red bloom.

Just as in previous trials, the rose overwhelmed the subtler notes in a rich, powdery sweetness. After much deliberation we concluded that the fault lay in its very perfection: there was something too clean, too cultivated about the scent of this rose. It belonged in a highly manicured garden; for it to belong in a Ffern fragrance, we would have to re-wild the rose. 

Rose absolute is often prized for its intensity, so perhaps we could find the properties we were seeking in rose otto. Also known as attar of roses, rose otto is the most expensive and prestigious of all oils (it can take 180 damask rose flowers to yield a single drop), and unlike the absolute it is inherently greener, fresher, a little more airy - already hinting at a rose that blooms outside the walled garden.

In rose otto we found what we were looking for; the rose no longer railed against the other notes but settled companionably amongst them. Still there was a slight imbalance - the rose did not seem truly embedded within this summer landscape. Might it be that our rose was the rambling kind, climbing the trunk of an old oak tree?

With such an image in mind, we brought in ho wood, a sustainable alternative to rosewood that carries a depth and spice like sun-warmed bark. And geranium, a classic pairing with rose that amplifies the sharper, greener facets. At last, we had a rose at the heart of our fragrance – one that no longer looked back to traditional floral scents but took the shape of something new…

Each fragrance arrives with a complimentary sample vial for you to try at home before deciding whether or not to keep the main bottle.
Giles Deacon
Walnut ink on paper
09/03/22
Giles Deacon is a British couture designer and illustrator whose theatrical designs combine a gothic sensibility with contemporary structures. For Summer 22, we worked with Giles to design a heraldic motif and series of illustrations that would...
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Allergen Information

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 (10%), Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Eugenol*, Citronellol*, Farnesol*, Benzyl benzoate*, Coumarin*, Benzyl cinnamate*, Isoeugenol*, Benzyl alcohol*

* Scientific names for molecules found inside our natural ingredients.