Inspired by the incredible flora of the British countryside, the London-based Laboratory Perfumes have been creating clean, pure and modern fragrances, evocative of nature since 2012. While the overall created aesthetic of the brand reflects a love of simplicity, the fragrances are extremely complex and have an evolutionary life on the skin, with elegant glass bottles and candle beaker echo the origins of the traditional perfumier’s laboratory. The original aim behind Laboratory Perfumes was to create a range of perfumes which evoke a strong sense of place, with all three of the original fragrances sharing an association with the English coast and surrounding countryside. If there would be a particular place, it could be the heritage coast of East Anglia, Pembrokeshire or maybe (but this is likely a more personal sentiment) even Ireland’s Mourne Mountains. We love the nice touch of the laboratory beaker and scientific calibrations, which recreate the nostalgia of the science laboratory and result in an unexpected contrast between the fragrances inspired by nature and the laboratory. In our eyes this created a fascinating contrast in the perception of the beautiful products, with this year introducing an all new scent promising a lot for the future.
Each fragrance has been formulated with a character that reacts to the wearer and evolves, from its application in the morning, through to the evening.
Of Laboratory Pefrumes‘ original breakout trinity of scents we particularly like the ‘Amber’ which is based around the essence of prehistoric tree resin – a substance that amongst other places frequently washes up on the beaches of East Anglia – the fragrance is built up with green top notes and musky woody layers that combine to form a spicy scent. Another terrific option is the ‘Samphire’ fragrance which like all three scents was caught in a candle and a perfume. The ‘Samphire’ forms a harmony of fragrance with rich aromatic notes of fresh juniper berries, citrus oil and vetiver, blended with lavender, basil and rosemary, with classic modernized undertones of white amber and oak moss. Finally the ‘Gorse’ features subtle notes of cardamom and citrus top notes. The new scent named ‘Tonka’ takes your nose far beyond the borders of Britain, being inspired by the tonka bean which can be found in South America, resulting in a warm and earthy fragrance.
The understated, clear glass bottles and candle beakers are made of borosilicate glass and so, in both material and design, evoke the traditional perfumier’s laboratory.
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