The Smell of Weather Turning
Mark and Simon talk about The Smell of Weather Turning perfume:
Mark: "The story of how this fragrance was born is quite convoluted. Initially, the smell of weather turning was a concept that was described to us by a girl who works for us, who is also a witch. She brought her magic books and we talked about the smell of weather turning. It's a very surreal concept, so we tried all sorts of angles on it.
Then we did some work with musician Simon Emmerson, who is also a bard and part of a druid order. He did some pieces of music, which reminded me of staying in Finland at a place where the lady had decided to make it, as it would have been back in the Iron Age. She fed us nettles and dark rye bread. One morning, I watched a man outside weeding, but it turned out to be our lunch.
One night, all of this combined in a dream and I woke up knowing that I wanted to do The Smell of Weather Turning with old materials - materials that would have been available 5,000 years ago. At that time, it was also 2 degrees Celsius warmer in Britain - similar to how the weather is predicted to be here in 50 years' time - so The Smell of Weather Turning developed an angle of climate change. The Beaker people who were in Britain then were able to grow and farm things that we couldn't today. The whole weather turning idea touches on this variation in global temperature; how it's warmer, then colder, then warmer again. We tried to do a fragrance based on all of this."
Simon: "So that's when I had to do it. It was a real pain to work with the materials dad had specified. The fragrance went in quite a muddy direction at first. Then we started using some oak and hay absolutes, which warmed it up very nicely. Then, we used a few green notes, but I was stuck on the top note, as I didn't want to use the modern citrus distillates."
Mark: "I wanted to use mint at the top. I really think it's a perfect top note. We were trying to get that kind of walking to the camp-feeling and the Mentha aquatica is such a lovely British plant."
Simon: "I wasn't going to let him put mint in it, but it wasn't too bad."
Mark: "Or in other words - it worked."