Fragrance

Our perfumer, Ruth Mastenbroek, has been developing unique perfumes for more than 30 years. Even with those decades of experience, it still took weeks to create a scent that encapsulated an English summer.

“It did take several weeks to get the right balance. You are highlighting certain aspects but not squashing other notes. You have to modify and tweak the balances and that can take weeks,” she says.

“I based the scent on peppermint and spearmint oils and the process was about getting an accord of the fragrance that is robust enough to compete with the mints. They are forceful and you need something that is not going to simper. We needed citrus notes that were not going to conflict with the mints or be overpowered by them. It was the same story with the woody notes we added. It’s all about translating an image into a scent and the ingredients I can use to create the effect.

Ruth’s bespoke fragrance is based around our distinctive, single estate, Black Mitcham mint. Bright notes of lemongrass and zesty lemon blend with the greenness of galbanum, while natural oils of blackcurrant, clove, cinnamon and cedarwood add depth and long-lasting qualities to this individual, contemporary scent.

When you buy any individual item from the body, bath and home range – from lotions and washes to candles, diffusers and soap – you’ll experience the scent in a slightly different way, as Ruth explains.

“Each product takes up the fragrance in a different way,” she says. “For example, the washes throw out the mint – the top notes – to be refreshing and vibrant. In the lotions and the soap, the scent is more held in, so less of the mint comes through. It’s more delicate.

“Both the candle and diffuser fill a room but in entirely different ways, so what you experience is entirely different. You experience the scent in a noticeably different way, depending on which of the products you use.”

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Summerdown is exactly as it suggests - essential oils of fresh mint and lemon grass to leave your room or body tingly and delightful. If I was to use one word to describe its essence, it would be ‘Uplifting’. My shop and home are never without the aroma of a Summerdown day! And boy, does it sell!”
Shernaz Dinshaw, Mosaic of Whitstable