In the forests of Sweden

A friend provided me an inspiration for a blend the other week, she has spent many memorable breaks in Sweden and loved the smell of the forests, with their cool, resinous, coniferous aromas.  Having never been to Sweden I simply dug around in my treasure box and spent most of yesterday concocting and making up what I thought might smell of a Swedish forest – cool, pine-y and elevated, lofty!

Lofty inspirations

Lofty inspirations

I had a new batch of Black Spruce (Picea mariana), although Canadian, it possesses that wonderful ‘christmas tree’ resinous, tree sap, green note – I simply LOVE it.  It is as once comforting, deep but invigorating in a fortifying ‘deep intake of breath’ kind of way, I made this the base of my blend.

I then added Frankincense for freshness and to support that resin note, Cypress and Juniper, which offer green, balsam, fresh notes with Spike Lavender – which has a wondrous, sharp, piercing, spiky quality and lifts beautifully, with Clary Sage and Galbanum supported on a bed of Spikenard.

Galbanum – a green-sappy note

My room was overwhelmed with exalted, coniferous molecules – the ‘Sound of Music’ film reel whizzed past in my mind, so I escaped for a break and went to see Batman!

Today, I  tentatively sniffed  my ‘Swedish Forest Reverie’ juice and it does smell delicious – ‘foresty’, airy, but with that jammy-sticky bud, sap, conifer note with a hint of pine needles and some green leaf and subtle earth. Yummy, yummy.  I feel like I am sitting on the verandah of a log cabin in the forest hills, all I need is a chequered rug, a dram of firewater and a meatball stew with crumpets and lingonberry jam for dessert!

The blend I made is 100% neat concentrate for my friend to use in her burner, or to add 2-5 drops to a bath or to 10ml of oil for a massage blend.

I will see how  the scent ‘throws’ out and may use it as an accord for future use.  Depending on ratios it could be a fabulous Candle blend on its own too ….hmm, possibilities!!

Black Spruce branch – a truly chrissmassy forest!

So much fun and has given me some ideas for an English forest blend, there was a lovely wood in Kent when I was a child, the smell was a lot more earthy and mushroom-y, and I quite fancy creating an ‘Enchanted’  wood/forest blend … perhaps for the Autumn months (which will soon be upon us!!)

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About The Perfume Mistress

"If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then the nose is the doorway to your imagination" The Perfume Mistress Hello, by day I am a clinical aromatherapist and tutor, with over 10 years of working with natural materials and essential oils, by night I delve into the art of botanical perfumery, reading and smelling all things olfactory. I have set up the 'Nosetrodami Club' offering scentsory talks, discussions and master-classes on all topics and themes olfactive. I also offer one and two day workshops in the art of natural perfumery, natural and organic body & skincare. My inspirations range from the mundane to the metaphysical, the hum-drum to the hyperbolic which you may see reflected in my posts.
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3 Responses to In the forests of Sweden

  1. Nice read! Love the frankincense too! I just created a perfume based on this theme, and like to share it with you and your readers. Take a look at: https://sites.google.com/site/perfumerecipes/perfume-recipes-and-formulations/bz-it-smells-like-a-thousand-year-old-cathedral

    • Hi Jeroen, thank you for your comment! Frankincense along with Vetiver have a very deep, olfactive resonance for me – i feel that they are embedded in my DNA almost! I am expanding my Frankincense haul at the moment as they have so many different qualities and offer superb blending opportunities. Thank you for the link, that looks an amazing blend – I have not purchased any aromachemicals (synthetics) yet, although I appreciate their value to perfumery, ‘naturals’ are keeping me busy!

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