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!!)

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:

    • 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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