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Nostalgia is a form of time travel for the emotions, and scent can be the most powerful way to trigger it. For Laboratory Perfumes, a whiff of pipe tobacco can be enough to unleash a fond flood of childhood memories into the hippocampus. So, when it came to determining the base for our fifth fragrance, we chose something very personal – that earthily aromatic tobacco note.
With the help of a knowledgeable but somewhat bemused tobacconist, we went through dozens of different blends and cures in search of the right scent to build upon. The one we settled on had a whisper of the exotic, reminiscent of Morocco, so back in the lab we introduced supportive layers of rum, vanilla and hay that intensified its North African character. Spiced with cinnamon, ginger and black pepper, and complemented with the warming, woody aromas of fine Cognac, the result is a complex and confident fragrance that unveils intriguing new layers and facets as the day goes on.