Indie botanical line Strange Invisible Perfumes has launched Essence of IX, a new limited edition fragrance created in collaboration with California winery Colgin Cellars and named for Colgin's IX Estate vineyard:
In its latest pure perfume, Strange Invisible Perfumes taps this Colgin mystique through a blend of rare, carefully distilled essences. The resulting perfume, Essence of IX, is a stirring, sensuous tribute to the refinement of Colgin winemaking. The perfume echoes the Colgin vineyard’s unique terroir, the cellar’s earthy embrace, and select notes found within the wines themselves.
[...] As exquisitely endowed and carefully handcrafted as a Colgin red, Strange Invisible Perfumes’ Essence of IX is a dreamy, botanical elixir. Acres of roses, Ann Colgin’s best-loved flower, provides the principal atmosphere for brambly essences of French oak, white sage, black currant, wild honey, and California lavender to take root.
[...] Devoted to luxury craftsmanship and uncompromising in her desire to either procure or distill the world’s best essences for this project, Balahoutis spent over a year selecting which ingredients to feature in this fragrance. She commissioned a twelfth-generation master distiller, also located in Napa, to produce an exquisite batch of French oak essence for the perfume. One of the defining alchemical accomplishments of the composition, the oak essence was triple distilled in old European copper stills from a wine called ‘Esprit de cognac’ which is aged in French oak barrels.
Strange Invisible Perfumes Essence of IX is available in 1/4 oz Parfum, $320. (via press release)