The Lion Cupboard
Perfumery dialect: Woody herbal fougère
Top notes: mint, lavender, juniperberry, grapefruit, aniseed
Heart notes: ylang, rose, cedarwood, sandalwood, black pepper
Base notes: tobacco, vetivert, vanilla, cocoa
Ingredients: Alcohol, Parfum, Linalool, Limonene, Eugenol, Geraniol, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Farnesol, Benzyl Salicylate, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral.
The actual lion cupboard is a carved Victorian sideboard with lions’ heads as the door handles. My sister and I used to play with it when we were small, and our late father kept his hats, scarves and gloves in it. His scarves picked up the scent of the wood, and the wood absorbed mint, lavender, grapefruit, coffee - the things he liked most.
Our dad died suddenly in 2002 and we were left with things that we wanted to say but had never got around to. When she visited the house, my sister would put her head inside the Lion Cupboard to inhale the scent of a hug from our dad. Then one day our mother washed it with bleach and it was all gone. So when I started to make perfumes to remind people of happy times, my sister looked me right in the eye and said, "Make me the lion cupboard."
It took three goes. Now she has the actual sideboard at her house, and the first thing she did was to spritz it with its very own scent. Now it's for everyone.
Sarah named this wonderful scent after her father’s personal treasure cupboard – it’s redolent of tooth powder, cashmeres and silk scarves laid up in herbs against the moth, dark fragrant woods, leather-bound diaries, half-forgotten colognes and the assurance of the past. Mint, juniper oil, aniseed, patchouli and lavender on the shelves are as transient but powerful as memories, regrets and reminiscences. The ideal perfume for winter hibernation, comfort and reflectionLemon Wedge