Introducing the scents of Scandinavia

The lesser-known fragrances of Scandinavia reveal a world of sensory delight, of cobblestones washed with rain and wildflowers blooming beneath evergreen canopies, waterfalls crashing down the side of fjords and rocky islands surrounded by pale blue waters.  

Our starting point always comes from exploring the corner of the region that we choose to bring to life – something precious to the locals and exotic to the outside world – of learning what grows there, and uncovering the experience of being there.  

To capture the precise scent, we use as many as fifty raw materials in each of our fragrances, carefully blending natural essential oils with safe synthetic ingredients to create notes and accords reflective of the Scandinavian region. 

The finished fragrance always contains four primary notes we consider true to that experience. The combination of these notes is what makes our perfumes so unique. 

FJÄLL [fjælː]

The freedom to roam (‘allemansrätten’ in Swedish) is the universal right to access and enjoy public or privately owned land, forests, lakes and rivers on the simple condition only footsteps are left behind.

Scent notes: Heather and thyme, ground berries and leaf sap.

FJORD [’fjuːr]

Spectacular rock faces, crashing waterfalls, cascading forests, and abundant orchards magnify the drama of the West Norwegian fjords.

Scent notes: Apple and pear blossom, orchard fruits and redcurrants.

HAV [’hɑːv]

The waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic and Baltic seas surround the Scandinavian region, forming some of the longest, wildest coastlines on earth.

Scent notes: Salt spray and sea kelp, hawthorn and beach rose.

HYGGE [’hygə]

A word with no direct translation but with infinite meaning, and a reflection of the Scandinavian art of creating intimacy, fellowship and cosiness in the smallest everyday moments.

Scent notes: Black tea and mint leaves, dried apples and a dusting of baked cinnamon.

KOTO [koto]

Home, hjem, hem. A sanctuary from the rugged Nordic climate, an intimate space to hibernate and refresh the soul.

Scent notes: Vanilla beans and dried orange peel, Baltic amber and vintage leather furniture.

LEMPI [’lem.pi]

In Finland there is an old saying that goes ‘love doesn’t have to be perfect, but genuine’. The same can be said of a Nordic summer, its hopes and its treasured warmth shared.

Scent notes: Peony and rose, strawberries and mosses.

ØY [’øːʏ]

Hundreds of thousands of uninhabited islands glitter like stars upon the lakes and seas of Scandinavia, inviting explorers to pull up and rest a while.

Scent notes: Crabapple and dog rose, water mosses and green leaves.

REGN [’reη:n]

Cool, green, rejuvenating. The sudden cloudburst of a summer shower, the muted grey drizzle of an autumn mist, that precious moment when the drops stop falling and nature breathes again.

Scent notes: Wet grass and misted peony, damp earth and slippery cobblestones.

RO [’ruː]

Peace, calm and tranquility from the kingdoms of Norway, Sweden and Denmark. A small word,with great meaning shared by all three Scandinavian languages.

Scent notes: Cut grass and fallen leaves, cucumber and wild violets.

ROSENHAVE [’roːsən’hæːvə]

Nordic rose gardens are precious places. Only the hardiest varieties, and most careful owners, can expect their fragile fragrance blushes to survive and prosper after the long, frozen winters.

Scent notes: Alba rose and elderflower, geranium and blackcurrant buds.

SKOG [’skuːg]

Boreal forests cover over half the Scandinavian lands, stretching from the southernmost county of Sweden to the Arctic Circle.

Scent notes: Pine needles and fir cones, birch sap and woodland lily of the valley.