Bracing and enigmatic, ÉGLANTIER (English: Wild Brier) is a marine-floral olfactory impression of a special place in Denmark. Here, two seas perpetually meet in a collision of waves – at times gently, at others with sweeping force – and this Nordic scent is an evocation of their overlapping at sunset, when the tide is out and the sand stretches away with a warm, coral glow. Neroli, crushed ambrette seed, fleur d’oranger, tuberose, jasmine glandiflorum and rosehip swirl together before softening out into cardamom, patchouli, encens, vertiver, sandalwood and vanilla. As does a wave, the notes land on the skin with strength, before unfurling into a lingering response that is uniquely particular to the wearer. Walter Sickert, whose paintings are in the house, was part Danish.
‘Love, it must be supposed, was gradually losing its appeal. Smell remained.’ Virginia Woolf