Scent - Neandertal®
The Neandertal project was inspired by the history of Neandertal, who mysteriously disappeared from earth around 30,000 years ago. They are often thought to be wild and animal-like beings, but recent discoveries have proven their highly intelligent life and sophistication. Neandertals painted geometric shapes as cave paintings before humans, used musical instruments and very likely spoke their own language. Neandertal perfume is designed for the contemporary Neandertal. It reflects their life in the past as well as the sophisticated future they never had the chance to see. The two unisex fragrances were created by Scottish perfumer Euan McCall, inspired by an invention of what a Neandertal’s essence might have been today, should they have evolved alongside us. Ingredients such as musk and amber, natural to their environments, are combined with fresher tones compounding into a mixture of sophisticated olfactory palettes wearable by today’s humans.
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After many modifications and a year of refining, perfumer and the artist arrived at two themes. One, a darker, smokier more animalic interpretation of the concept and another brighter facet of the theme containing higher levels of lighter, delicate and fresher materials. Woven through both scents is a hot mineral accord, taking inspiration from the hot flint aroma produced during the knapping process. The resulting accord is an overdose of several high-impact, steroidal odorants against lighter aquatic elements to recreate this sensation.

Most of the natural ingredients can be found across the regions of Eurasia, Western Europe, Central China, East and South West Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean; areas now understood to have been active Neandertal habitation zones. The oils suspended within the final fragrance are of the highest quality, be they natural, isolate or of synthetic origin.

“Neandertal dark is a bit more the strong, silent type than Neandertal light, and pretty satisfying. Perfumer Euan McCall did a craggily poetic job of composing these fragrances in a North European stone, lichen, and sea-spray idiom.”

Luca Turin ★ ★ ★ ★

Featured in the top 10 ‘Smoke’ perfumes in the book Perfumes The Guide (2018).

The darker, more shadowed version of Neandertal®. A scent of movement that challenges perfumery conventions. The top note structure of Neandertal dark™ comprises leafy, aromatic and textural sensations, symbolic of nature; trees, plants, flowers and citrus fruits. Initially, pepper berries and incense clash against this delicate foliage accord, pushing, pulling and in time combining to create a transgressive and original iodine profile as Neandertal dark evolves. Sandalwood and cedar provide a durable foundation for Neandertal dark. The inclusion of oud and leather adds unusual animalic depth and resinous shadow. Earthy rhizome materials reintroduce the familiar green facets in a darker manner. An accord comprising vetiver, patchouli and musk is offset against amber bringing both vibrancy and richness to Neandertal dark.

Most of the natural ingredients can be found across the regions of Eurasia, Western Europe, Central China, East and South West Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean; areas now understood to have been active Neandertal habitation zones. The oils suspended within the final fragrance are of the highest quality, be they natural, isolate or of synthetic origin.

“Perfumer did the logical thing with the marine animalic base of dark and slapped a huge rose on top, in the grand Arab manner, to give a high-contrast and altogether beautiful composition reminiscent of Edouard Fléchier’s Une Rose (Frédéric Malle, 2003) but with less woody-amber.”

Luca Turin ★ ★ ★ ★

Featured in the top 10 ‘Animalic’ perfumes in the book Perfumes The Guide (2018).

Neandertal light™ is in stark contrast to Neandertal dark, a journey which explores concepts of olfactory dissonance. Radiant and expansive Neandertal light concentrates on the present and as such, possesses a linear and harmonious structure. Hinoki
oil is expanded with muted green notes creating a horizontal landscape, an olfactory still-life representation of nature. The binding quality of orris gives Neandertal light rigidity, form and cohesiveness within the structure. This binding quality produces a powerful resulting force, encapsulating time and the space around us. Leather and ambergris add unparalleled natural beauty and familiarity, displaying both power and magnetism. A contemporary portrait of the Neandertal’s mystery, this fragrance captures a suspended snapshot in time.

Most of the natural ingredients can be found across the regions of Eurasia, Western Europe, Central China, East and South West Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean; areas now understood to have been active Neandertal habitation zones. The oils suspended within the final fragrance are of the highest quality, be they natural, isolate or of synthetic origin.