At Fitzgerald and Guislain
Our perfume crafting process draws heavily on the techniques of late nineteenth century perfumers in the final years before the rise of synthetic based scents. In the spirit of a traditional small perfumery, we hand blend and pack all of our own fragrances as well as creating a number of exclusive in-house specialty tinctures for our blends.
We use only naturally-derived essential oils, absolutes, CO2 extracts, and tinctures in our blends. These essences include rare aromatic treasures such as ambergris, orris butter, oud oil, and hyacinth enfleurage as well as the latest in natural isolates.
The crafting process begins by diluting our raw materials in organic alcohol to bring out the nuances of each scent. Following the nineteenth century industry practice, we utilize grape spirit for citrus-heavy blends and wheat spirit for blends with more pronounced floral or woody elements. The optimal concentration is different for each essence. Some particularly powerful essences need to be diluted down to below 1-2% raw material by mass while others reveal their best qualities without any dilution at all. Most of our perfumes fall between 10-20% raw material by mass.
Other materials such as ambergris and enfleurage pomades cannot be easily diluted or dissolved and are therefore tinctured in-house. The material is first prepared for tincturing, through grinding or chopping into fine pieces, and then left to steep in organic ethyl alcohol for an extended period ranging from one month for pomades, to one year for ambergris. The raw material is then filtered out of the solution and the extrait is now ready for blending like any other diluted essence.
Once diluted or tinctured to their optimal concentration, we hand blend the essences, drop by drop. After each addition we smell the blend, evaluating the effects of the essence on the composition as a whole. Once completed, the batch is then left to age for at least two weeks before being offered for sale, allowing the essences to “marry”. After the brief aging period, the perfume is then filtered, bottled, and packed by the perfumers themselves.
Blending in small batches ensures the freshness and maximum shelf life of each of our perfumes.
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