The garden of an imaginary herbalist/alchemist theme

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A long time ago, there was little difference between medicines, skincare and perfumes, and one would purchase these multitasking products from the same apothecary establishment, often run by monks. These alchemists would grow the ingredients in their herb gardens (London’s Covent Garden and Spitalfields are actually toponymic references to this), and then add exotic elements brought by merchants from faraway lands. Gradually, these types of products went their separate ways.

However, we still have a particular perfume style (sometimes called aromatic) that refers to these times. Aromatic perfumes typically have sage, verbena, chamomile, wormwood, rosemary, lavender, geranium, bay, and more exotic and rare herbs in their formulas. Could they be descendants of some lost medicine recipes?

This selection includes scented adventure stories referring to antique herbal blends, but also formulas where perfumers have adapted the herbal aromas to work in modern perfume styles.

Sloth Zoologist Slow-mo and calm-omile

This is an introspective and labyrinthian formula exploring the darkest shades of green: moss, bitter herbs (with a prominent chamomile note), and dry hay.

Maruyama Parfum Prissana A Shinto temple herb garden

Mysterious Shadow SweDoft A beautiful wild lavender field

This is a pensive outdoors fougère with smoky lavender and bergamot. As if a gentleman applied his morning aftershave, set off on a hunt, and then ended up siting by a campfire absentmindedly listening to the autumn forest.

Wisent Wolf Brothers The smoky cellar of an alchemist/herbalist

Spezie Lorenzo Villoresi The whole alchemist/herbalist set

7 as a Constant Aura of Kazakhstan Sweet steppe herbs