As the store of choice for Notting Hill’s chichi shoppers, Couverture & The Garbstore has long offered a carefully curated selection of fashion, furniture, accessories and children’s toys for those who prefer independent finds over readily available brands. In keeping with this ethos, founders Emily Dyson and Ian Paley have launched their first fragrance, No Chemicals, a hand-blended mix of beautiful natural extracts that fuses vintage and contemporary styles.
Spanning both personal and home scent with a perfume oil, candle and incense, the warm, spicy aroma has been skilfully blended by the same perfumer who created the signature fragrance for Aesop, bringing the same attention to purity and quality of the raw natural ingredients and an artisanal approach to blending.
The fragrance draws on Emily’s travels, from childhood summers in Provence to time spent on the Turkish coast, combined with a nod to the store’s history as a timber yard. Pink pepper and bergamot open the perfume with a burst of fresh, warm spice that carries on through the rest of the fragrance with green aromatics, ginger, black tea and tobacco. It’s softened by mimosa, lavender, rose and ylang ylang while oriental woods add extra depth and heat.
Purposely unisex, the perfume oil comes in a bottle or as a handy, mini roll-on and is enhanced but the warmth of the skin as is sinks in. Burning the incense version helps intensify the smokier notes. And the candle gives the air a sense of cosiness and calm with a hint of sensuality as it burns. The packaging is equally elegant with dark brown apothecary-style bottles inspired by ancient Turkish ceramics and paper boxes printed to look like chic green and white tiles. A scent that smells as good as its namesake store looks? This is it.
For more information, see Couverture & The Garbstore’s website.