Neandertal dark™ contains olfactory elements:
green foliage / pepper berries / citrus fruits /
aromatic seeds / leather / amber / incense resins / oud
Each bottle is handmade by the artist Kentaro Yamada.
Contains: Unisex Eau de Parfum 90ml / 3.0 fl. oz.
Size: 13cm (h) x 10cm (w) x 5cm (d)
Perfumer: Euan McCall
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The darker, more shadowed version of Neandertal™ is constructed on a base of sandalwood and cedar, both known for their pheromone characteristics. I used oud for its animalic, balsamic and resinous quality and added vetiver, patchouli and cashmeran to introduce green, earthy, rhizome facets. Vanilla and labdanum adds an amber accord for sappy richness and sensuality in the evaporation of the composition and there are musk’s in place to give the feral effect of animal pelt on the skin. These heavy darker materials are inspired by the Neanderthals of the past.
A series of incense materials were implemented to aid relief; frankincense, myrrh and guaiac wood to bridge the heart and base reinforced by a supple leather accord. A minimal rose theme supported by tobacco and saffron was used to round out and soften the incense thematics of the heart structure. A careful and piquant duo of ginger absolute and caraway facilitated as bridge between heart and top. I used ginger absolute for its zingy, fresh, caramelised fruit nuances and to reintroduce the earthy root theme originally found in the base of the fragrance. Caraway is a stunning material when used with sleight of hand; unmistakably anise-like, cooling with green leaf facets and subtle gustatory notes hinting at an almost umami sensation. An imagined journey through recorded time if Neanderthals had walked by our sides throughout history.
The top structure concentrates on the leafier elements of the scent. Less hesperidic in tone, leaning towards an aromatic and textured feel instead. Centred on a reconstituted Hinoki accord allowing me to sway the characteristics of the top in a greener, more aromatic direction with fewer citric compounds than are are normally present in Hinoki oil. This accord was created using oximes, terpenes, aldehydes and finally pink pepper for a naturalistic depth. The result was a woody, leafy ,berry like profile. The Hinoki accord was further enhanced by the saline tang of grapefruit and the delicate sweetness of tangerine, introducing a soft citrus and oddly transgressive iodine element that might suggest Neanderthals in present day.
|Dimensions||13 x 10 x 5 cm|