Plot twist: Amber isn’t an ingredient with a scent. In perfumery, it's actually a building block of warm fragrances. The synthetic accord often contains Vanilla, resins like Benzoin and Labdanum, and musks, and adds an element of sweetness and warmth.
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Long-lasting with strong woody and ambery qualities. Adds depth to other notes in a fragrance.
It’s a favorite of perfumer Christelle Laprade. She used it in Milk Expressive to balance out the fragrance’s fluffier, more edible notes.
A warm, woody balsamic with a hint of citrus.
It's often used as a fixative, a Final note that holds a fragrance to the skin and increases its longevity. Also commonly used as a replacement for Sandalwood.
Amyris is one of the Final notes in our Bergamot fragrance. Maker Stephen Nilsen wanted to dry down the fragrance’s blend of bright, tonic First notes with a clean, woody finish.
A steaming mug of Earl Gray tea.
The citrus is often used as a First note, and smells bright and bitter with a mild spice.
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The sharp, crisp inhale of a hot cup of tea. Adds a refreshing element to a fragrance.
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A log cabin or a walk in the woods. Fresh, dry and woody, it adds a soothing, grounding quality to fragrances.
Warm and sweet, with a Cinnamon-like spice.
Clove Bud comes from dried flower buds of clove trees.
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Not unlike the Coconut Water you'd find in your local supermarket, as a note in fragrance, Coconut Water is light, refreshing and slightly nutty.
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Cold Milk Accord
The perfect start to any day. A cool, clean glass of fresh Milk.
A fragrance accord is a blend of several ingredients or notes used to create a fuller picture. Milk Maker Christelle Laprade featured this accord in Milk Expressive.
A spicy balsamic scent with hints of fresh pine and lemon.
Elemi is often used as a fixative, anchoring other notes to the skin that would otherwise fade quickly.
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In aromatherapy, a heavy dose of the scent is used to open your sinuses and soothe your mind. In fragrance—where a significantly smaller portion is used by perfumers—Eucalyptus is a fresh and woody aromatic that usually opens a fragrance.
The cozy crackling of a fireplace. Warm, woody and smoky. Will have you reaching for a warm blanket and a good book.
A fragrance accord is a blend of several ingredients or notes used to create a fuller picture. Christelle Laprade, one of our Makers, used Firewood Accord for the blazing finale of Milk+ Bold.
Iso E Super
Despite its complex name, you won't actually smell much of anything if you hold a bottle of pure Iso E Super up to your nose. The popular synthetic was created to interact with your unique skin chemistry for a one-of-a-kind scent experience. Once on the skin, the ingredient is warm, ambery and woody, but you'll have to try it for yourself to be sure...
The piney, aromatic and invigorating smell of Gin, which is predominantly flavored with Juniper Berries.
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Mimosa isn't only a fun brunch cocktail. It's also a bright, yellow flower used in perfumery. Our Mimosa fragrance is an ode to both.
The Mimosa flower is bright, powdery and honey-like with light green facets.
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Not to be confused with must (that stinky attic smell), Musk is a versatile, synthetic ingredient that usually smells delicately sweet and dry. Used in a vast majority of perfumes, Musk is both a fixative that holds the scent to skin and a rounding note that adds soft balance to the entire blend.
Like Orange Blossom, Neroli originates from the flowers of orange trees. What separates these two notes is their extraction processes, resulting in two olfactory profiles.
Neroli is a light, aromatic citrus with hints of orange and honey. It's often used in white floral scents.
Noteworthy: Neroli served as one of Mathieu Nardin’s main sources of inspiration for our Nectar fragrance. He paired the delicate, captivating flower with the bright, juicy Pomelo.
A warm, nutty, sweet spice similar to—yet more subtle than—Cinnamon, Vanilla and Clove.
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Although Orange Blossom and Neroli both originate from the same place—the flowers of orange trees—these notes have different olfactory profiles. (That’s because they have two distinct extraction processes, creating two distinct ingredients.)
Neroli is a light citrus, while Orange Blossom is a warmer, headier floral with lush green facets.
The deep, smoky and earthy aroma of an incense shop.
Noteworthy: You’ll most commonly find Patchouli in our Bold Scent Space fragrances due to its robust nature.
A green, woody citrus from the leaves and twigs of orange trees.
It's found in many fresh fragrances due to its uplifting, energizing quality.
The scent of a Rose varies greatly depending on the color and the region. In this case, think softly-strewn Rose Petals—delicately spicy and distinctly floral.
The note is commonly used in women’s fragrances; however, you might be surprised to hear that it’s a popular choice for men’s (and genderless!) fragrances, as well.
A mild nutty, earthy spice reminiscent of warm bread.
Noteworthy: Christelle Laprade, one of our perfumers, enjoys exploring Sesame both in the kitchen and in perfumery. She uses it to add a toasted element and applied this concept to Milk Expressive, creating a toasted facet reminiscent of s’mores.
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A lighter take on Musk, Skin Musk is meant to smell like you (but better). The note lays like a second skin, keeping your scent close and balancing out other notes.
Noteworthy: You’ll find Skin Musk within the Personal Scent Space, since it helps keep fragrances close to the skin.
A sweet, juicy citrus.
It’s a favorite of Mathieu Nardin, one of our perfumers. To him, Tangerine adds joy and a sparkling energy to a scent.
The nostalgic reminder of childhood and the sultry scent of adulthood.
Sweet, warm and versatile, Vanilla can either play a leading role or discretely round out a fragrance thanks to its ability to blend well with other notes.
Noteworthy: It’s a favorite of Donna Ramanauskas, one of our perfumers. Vanilla calls to mind memories of baking with her grandmother, who always used the finest ingredients, including real Vanilla Beans, creating a nuzzly aroma that was both playful and cozy.
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Vanilla is actually an exotic jungle plant with two distinct parts used in perfumery: the pod (Vanilla Bean) and the flower. Vanilla Flower is rich, warm and alluring.
Noteworthy: Vanilla Flower is a favorite of perfumer Jerome Epinette. To him, it’s reminiscent of a warm, golden paradise, evoking its tropical landscape, endless sunshine and sweet, sultry aura.
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Vetiver varies depending on what part of the world it comes from. Most commonly, we use the Haitian version, which is clean, woody and green.
Noteworthy: Mathieu Nardin, one of our artisans, still remembers smelling this note for the first time in a workshop as a young perfumer. He was blown away by Vetiver’s duality—a woody, earthy scent with a fresh facet.
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A smoky wood with a unique crispness.
Noteworthy: Maker Jerome Epinette most appreciates the note’s ability to add a layer of sophistication to a fragrance. To him, White Birch is reminiscent of winter ski trips—days spent in the fresh outdoor air and nights spent by the roaring fire at the lodge.
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