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Blended + barrel-aged
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Winter 24

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Organic eau de parfum twice aged and bottled in Somerset, England. 32ml.

Our first Rose de Mai fragrance, Winter 24 sets this previous note amongst eucalyptus, juniper and rosemary - capturing the scent of a rose amid snow.

Release Date22/12/23 03:12
Barrel-ageing days32/28
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Winter 24 is composed of 16 natural ingredients: 4 top notes, 7 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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Original score by Avery BrightArri SR2 16mmFor the launch of Winter 24, our first Rose de Mai scent, our short film follows Ffern Artist Katy Papineau as she prepares to paint a rose still life. The film was created in a single shot on 16mm film at Charleston, once home to the iconic Bloomsbury Group.

A rose in December is a startling sight - as though a fragment of summer has appeared, fully formed, in the heart of winter. 

This image stemmed from a favourite poem, ‘Snow’ by Louis MacNeice. A winter scene that balances a few simple, sensual details: the bubbling fire, the tangerine, the bay window and, of course, the snow and the roses. For Winter 24, we wondered if we could bring this scene to life.

As the poem layers images, we layered scents. First the central rose/snow accord. For this we landed on Rose de Mai, a pink bloom picked only in May. The petals are gathered at dawn, before they can be bruised by the sun. The resulting absolute* is incredible - floral, dewy, a touch of wood, honey-sweet and airy.

To temper the warmth of the rose we experimented with cool, herbaceous notes - peppermint, eucalyptus, tarragon, rosemary. These have a direct cooling effect on the nose and at once placed our rose in a different landscape.

We were still lacking the powdery softness of snow. After much searching we found it in palmarosa, a relative of lemongrass that nonetheless carries distinctively rosy facets and gestures to the light texture of freshest snow.

We then brought in sweet orange, lemon and bergamot, their citrus notes balancing the rose with a little sharpness. Sweet orange in particular has that scent that comes when you break into the skin of a tangerine, lingering for hours on your fingertips.

For the finishing touch, we wanted to capture the fire and the poem’s celebratory tone. This came with the spiced, wintry scents of clove, juniper and balsam fir. They brought richness to the blend, and heat, like something warm cupped in the palm of your hand.

*An absolute is the most aromatic form of natural oils, obtained from petals or plants by solvent extraction.

Each fragrance arrives with a complementary sample vial for you to try at home before deciding whether or not to keep the main bottle.
Katy Papineau
Oil on paper
25/08/23
Katy Papineau is a figurative painter who lives and works in London. A faculty member at The Royal Drawing School, her colourful painting, drawing and printmaking takes inspiration from folklore, literature and art history. For Winter 24, Katy has…
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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 (68%), Parfum (20%), Water (6%), Rose Organic Water (6%), Limonene*, Linalool*, Geraniol*, Eugenol*, Citral*, Citronellol*, Benzyl alcohol*, Benzyl benzoate*

* Scientific names for molecules found inside our natural ingredients.