Vilhelm Parfumerie debuts this month with 8 fragrances, developed by founder Jan Ahlgren in collaboration with perfumer Jérôme Epinette.
Black Citrus ~ "Serious freshness without frivolity. The fragrance is inspired by the clean breath of the city after the showers pass. Gentlemen step out from under protective storefront canopies, their impeccable British style uncompromised. Bergamot, cardamom and violet establish a strong core, tempered by a birch tree and patchouli base. Zesty and triumphant with a soft echo of the storm." Additional notes include mate leaves.
Dear Polly ~ "Dear Polly is a love letter in scent to my wife. Black tea, like the brew with which she awakes each morning, immediately warms the skin. Top notes of apple and bergamot create a sense of familiarity, while sensuous musk introduces complexity. Finally, it finds its resolution in a voluptuous spice, as piquantly punctuated as it is seductively honeyed. Familiar and new, comfortable and invigorating, it is a fragrant brew for two: lovers can wear it and recall each other. Even with distance they’re never apart." Additional notes include oakmoss and black amber.
Fleur Burlesque ~ "Unflinching, exquisite femininity. Inspired by La Belle Époque. A woman, alive in the spotlight at the Moulin Rouge, enchantingly aglow in the soft candlelight of Maxim’s. Fleur Burlesque’s botanic notes of jasmine and gardenia bloom unadorned, while decadent undertones of amber and sandalwood smolder below. Nimble, sultry and playful, this fragrance captures the sensory indulgence of the fin de siècle."
Morning Chess ~ "Inspired by the memory of the summer holidays we shared with my grandfather, Morning Chess mimics the ripe, green lushness of summer on coastal Falkenberg. There, in a summer cottage, my grandfather, with his two sons, would pass hours battling wits over a chessboard. Sweden would save all its light for those summer moments, endless, bright mornings. The grassy greenness is light enough to hint at the evergreen sharpness of the distant winter air." The notes include bergamot, leather, galbanum, patchouli and black amber.
Opus Kore ~ "In Greek mythology, Kore, or as she is more commonly called, Persephone, is a goddess associated with spring and fertility. She is the perfect inspiration for this kinetic, blooming scent. Sicilian lemon and acai are responsible for the undeniable freshness. Gradually, these crisp aromas soften and reveal a floral layer. Wear it long enough, and the sultry base of sandalwood, skin musks and amber will reveal itself." Additional notes include raspberry blossom, magnolia and violet.
Room Service ~ "“There are many things in your heart you can never tell to another person,” Greta Garbo said. Celebrated by her adoring fans, the reclusive siren kept her thoughts and heart private. Alone in her hotel room, attired in a drift of satin, scent and poignant allure, she keeps the world at bay. This elaborate bouquet features violet petals, pink orchid and green bamboo. Fresh mandarin nectar dances atop the sophisticated sandalwood-infused base." Additional notes include blackberry, black amber and musk.
Smoke Show ~ "Vibrant spotlights, smoky rooms, simmering jazz, yearning notes. Simmering, spicy notes of agarwood are redolent of the era’s spellbinding verve. The soaring notes of Ellington on the ivory keys and the gripping torment in Billie Holiday’s voice take the audience to life’s beautiful extremities. Leather and rose take center stage, while pink pepper and saffron accentuate the nuanced spices of this burning composition." Additional notes include vetiver and cedar.
Stockholm 1978 ~ "Summer in Stockholm. The sun is an amulet, suspended above the city. Each evening, it contemplates its descent only to change its mind and return to its position overhead. Under its perennial glow, night fuses with day, creating a feeling of limitless possibility. Crisp lemon zest, warm almond, the uplift of geranium, with a tinge of patchouli and a drift of faraway green fields in the breeze." Additional notes include black pepper, rosemary, black amber and moss.
The Vilhelm Parfumerie line can be found now at Liberty in the UK, £145 each for 100 ml Eau de Parfum.
(via vilhelmparfumerie, hat tip to David!)