Old Library Dreams theme

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In this theme

Customers asked, and we listened. From time to time, people describe the perfume they are looking for as “that old library smell”. So in this edit and pack, we explore this elusive notion of cozy emanations produced by old books.

Firstly there is chemistry. The aroma of ancient leather book covers is echoed by soft incense, in combination with heady florals such as tuberose or orange blossom. Moreover, some elements in cellulose (the wood pulp from which paper is made) slowly mellow with exposure to oxygen and UV light, breaking down into polysaccharides (saccharides stands for ‘sugar’). Hence the sweet and vanillic ambiance of old yellowed pages. An obvious combo to achieve the old library effect would be amber with woody resins and vanilla. There are also perfume materials that smell like the glue used to bind magazines and books.

All in all, it’s chemistry, imagination and memories that work together to produce the perfect fantasy of a library, a bookstore or even a freshly-printed magazine.

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Coeur de Noir Beaufort An antique ink bottle

Coeur de Noir (‘heart of darkness’) is a reference to an antique ink bottle which once held the ink used to produce blueprints for merchant ships. The same ink was scrawled across captain’s logs impregnated with aromas of gunpowder and tobacco. The perfumer used the ginger note to mimic the smell of old paper, and a combination of materials to create the fantasy ink accord.

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Vanille de Tahiti Perris Monte Carlo A new glossy inflight magazine

This perfume both conceptually (Tahiti is a dream holiday destination) and aroma-wise might bring to mind a glossy in-flight magazine that you absent-mindedly peruse for a few hours. But mostly your thoughts will be on the exotic holiday destination you are about to reach. Ylang-ylang (like a lot of heady white florals) occasionally manifests a paper glue and sharp chemicals nuance resembling the fresh, glossy pages. Vanilla, on the other hand, suggests the sweet woody pulp from which paper originates. Together these two materials create the illusion of the aroma of an in-flight magazine.

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Tara Mantra Gri Gri Ancient scrolls in a remote temple

Inspired by the vibes of ancient scrolls in a remote mountain temple, the ink still pungent and smoky with its ash and plant extracts.

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Un Deux Trois Soleil Bastille A visit to Waterstones

A perfume dedicated to sweet childhood memories, and perhaps a visit to Waterstones to choose a new book for the summer holidays. Again the materials (dusty benzoin, bittersweet tonka, heliotrope – reminiscent of paper glue) create a perfect illusion.

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Ombre Indigo Olfactive Studio Leather bound incunabula

With a bit of imagination, you can smell leather-bound incunabula in this soft incense perfume, with an intoxicating smidge of tuberose hidden in the background.

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Ghost House Anna Zworykina Old castle library draughts and ghosts

Imagining ghosts and draughts turning pages of ancient books in an old castle library. Anna Zworykina goes beyond the cozy sweetness and ages the library fantasy by a few centuries with the help of oud, various kinds of frankincense and balms.

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RIMA XI CARNER Sweet stories on yellowed pages

This perfume echoes the notes of old paper after its cellulose transforms into sweet-smelling polysaccharides. Generous use of benzoin and vanilla in the base create the illusion of yellowed paper aroma.

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Noiressence J.U.S Monochrome ink paintings archive

Noiressense (the essence of black) is the perfume equivalent of a velvet-black-on-glossy-black pattern. It’s conjured from sharp pepper and bitter orange on top of the leathery/creamy orange blossom and orris duo. These notes are set against the ink accord, which is almost 15% of the formula.