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Blended + barrel-aged
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Winter 21

£69
Organic eau de parfum twice aged and bottled in Devon, England. 32ml. Plastic free packaging.
Release Date21/12/20 10:12
Barrel-ageing days31/38
Bottle-ageing days278
Archive stock levelIn stock
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Film by Sam FinneyArri SR2, 16mmThe Winter 21 movie was shot on 16mm film in the Cairngorms national park and at the Atholl Estates in Scotland.

The Scottish Highlands in winter are a wild and elemental place. Snow gleams white atop blue-black  mountains; curves of glassy water rush over rocky beds; juniper bushes grow low, bent by the wind and birch trees stand tall, silhouetted against the tawny greens of tumbling hills. The air, pure and clear, is crisp and bitterly cold.

For Winter 21, it is the unique quality of this highland air which we have sought to capture; lacking in moisture it hangs like silk, allowing each note to sing with greater clarity.

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To begin, we set about building a cool, fresh palette. For this we turned to lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender. Though removed from the Scottish landscape, all bring with them an innate cooling effect. Onto this backdrop we layered the scent of juniper - herbaceous and spicy, like crushed black pepper - and the woody, resinous notes of fir balsam and cedar, with their distinctive evergreen edge.

Threading through this land are sky-blue streams. Composed from falling rain, and filtered by rock, they run seawards with gathering strength. As they go, they offer up the smell of wet pebbles and dense, damp earth. To emulate this, we married oakmoss with tarragon and seaweed. This accord created an earthy, succulent and herbal aroma. Painting this highland scene was an enjoyable task. Yet the more we explored it, the more there seemed an absence. Both the scene and scent were lacking. Perhaps, to counter the cold mineral air, we needed some warmth, some comfort amidst the hostile terrain. And so we began to imagine a cabin in the distance,  a rising plume of smoke.  

We experimented with birch tar - full bodied and peaty, like an old whisky - and combined it with the spicy notes of cardamom, clove buds and a hint of patchouli. Together, they would suggest the familiar warmth of a cabin interior. The result was just as we had hoped - providing a foil to the cool citrusy background, and balancing the fragrance.

Winter 21 is composed of 18 natural ingredients: 4 top notes, 6 mid notes, and 8 base notes. Click on an ingredient below to find out more about our sourcing approach, and the ingredient's history.
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Will Calver
Oil on canvas
04/11/20
The painter Will Calver is the second in our series. In response to Winter 21, Will painted a still life in oils, depicting a branch of silver birch and a Sicilian lemon. Both these ingredients play a key role in the fragrance, which was inspired...
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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 (77%), Parfum (18%), Aqua (5%), Limonene*, Linalol*, Eugenol*, Evernia Prunastri*, Citral*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*

* Scientific names for molecules found inside our natural ingredients.