Hey APJ! How is everyone doing?
It has been busy lately. October was still quite warm and sunny here in Basel. With November, autumn has finally set in with the hills surrounding us finally changing colours.
Every city/country has a scent memory for me. As a child, traveling, I started to notice these scents. For example, Argentina is horses, cows and BBQs. Greece is vegetal, salt from the sea and the smell of sun heated stones. Italy is peach, hay and toasted pine nuts. As an adult lover of scents and perfumes, I am aware of a new city and its smells. My new home city of Basel is currently smelling of roasted chestnuts, spices and wet fallen leaves. So imagine my surprise when I discovered a scent of Scotland.
Carduus by Jorum Studio: Scent of Scotland
We needed to get away and wanted some familiarity. So I decided to fly to Edinburgh with my son during his autumn break. With all of the hilly walking here in Basel, I challenged myself to walk up to Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh. So off we went and in so doing I had the honor of getting into email contact with a new to me perfume brand.
Jorum Studio is a Scottish perfume brand run out of their Edinburgh office by perfumer Euan McCall and his partner Chloe Mullen. In one of my posts about my love of iris, a reader suggested that I try Trimerous from Jorum Studio. I got in touch with Euan who, by the way, was incredibly kind and generous and organized delivery of my Trimerous purchase to the hotel. Talk about service!
But this post is about Carduus, my scent memory of Scotland.
The Jorum Studio website lists the following notes for Carduus: “Chamomile, Bengal Pepper, Honey, Clary Sage, Sea-holly, Marjoram Tea, Myrtle, Rose Absolute, Vetch, Clove Bud, Hart’s Tongue, Tuberose, Musk-thistle, Heliotrope, Tormentil, Mahogany, Cocoa Absolute, Tobacco, Meum, Deertongue, Cherrywood”.
It is challenging to describe just how Carduus smells. There are many interwoven nuances taking me to and fro. With all of those ingredients it is quite hard to imagine just how contemplative and calming this scent truly is for me. The only ingredients that I can safely distinguish are a honeyed note throughout, clary sage in the beginning, a wonderful cocoa note towards the middle and end and finally clove throughout the development of Carduus. Clove gives it a spicy warmth which is surprisingly soothing.
Carduus has the ability to stir up many emotions as it develops on my skin. Upon spraying I find it refreshing and invigorating, gearing me up for the day ahead. Moving along, the spices are tempered with what I imagine as wood, leaves and dark cocoa note.
This is as a matter of fact, the scent of Scotland as I remember it. It is the low autumnal sun still kissing the hills and gifting the golden hues of the leaves the start of their glory. It is the smell of the cold wind whipping at my sun touched face climbing up the wet path to Arthur’s Seat. It is the imaginary scent of Scotland’s flower, the Thistle. It is the wet, fallen leaves giving way under my feet as we look for fairies on one of our walks in Highlands. It is the existential mood as we strolled around Loch Lubnaig as foggy mists hung low on the hills. It is watching a dog playing with his owner in a golden field on a windy day.
This is Carduus, my Scotland scent. Thank you Euan for creating such a beauty. I need to discover more of his work.
Do you have scents which conjure up cities or countries in your mind? Have you tried Jorum Studio perfumes?
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead.
Oodles of fragrant kisses,