Season smelling /an old new concept

Photo by Joan Divi

Landscape shape us. For the great Annie Dillard the landscape and the natural environment is like the bowl that shapes the water. It does not change its appearance or its composition, but it shapes and contains it (by the way, containing is a beautiful verb). For me it becomes evident every day that passes in this Empordà that I have chosen as home. I feel its enormous influence on me and those around me.

But the landscape is not always the same. Beyond its orography, the type of land and vegetation or the course of the rivers, every landscape undergoes changes that have to do (leaving aside the human destruction) with the different seasons and weather conditions. And those landscape transformations also affect us. And they affect us much more than we want to recognize.

When we launched our Landscape Scents in December 2017, everyone was strongly inclined to BOSC. Friends of mine called to tell me that BOSC was undoubtedly the best of the three. So much so, that after the launch and the Christmas campaign, we thought of manufacturing more bottles of BOSC. But as the heat arrived and spring settled, I began to receive comments like this one:

– Well, the truth is that now I have changed my mind, the one I like the most is MUGA.

And the same thing happened when summer arrived:

-Now I have it clear. Without a doubt, CALA. This is the hit!

Photo by Joan Divi

This process has been repeated every year. It is not difficult to understand that there is a cyclical logic that has to do directly with seasonal changes. BOSC, is an eminently winter fragrance. Many of the plants used, have their peak harvest time in the months of January and February, as well as càde (Juniperus oxycedrus), juniper berries, lentisk (Pistacea lentiscus) and oak moss (Evernia prunastri) used for the elaboration of its alcoholic base in tincture.

MUGA, is pure bottled vegetable sexuality and encloses the peak of spring in aromatic matollars with its base of flowering rockroses (Cistus monspeliensis, Cistus albidus).

CALA, is the closest thing to a walk on a camí de ronda (coeat line trail) of Cap de Creus, with its base made with tincture of samphire (Chrithmum maritimum) and its notes of mint, cypress and sage.

This correlation of perfumes with the seasons was entirely fortuitous. I mean, at no time did I consider making a perfume for each season. Each of them captures the essence of a concrete landscape. For each of them, the season of the year that best transmitted the aromatic soul of the place was chosen as the time of collection. Proof of this, is that we would lack a fragrance for Autumn (which on the other hand is a season, which contrary to what people think, is enormously interesting at the level of smells and plants).

All this leads me to think, that just as season eating suits us well and adjusts to our needs, both physiological and in terms of mood, season smelling also has direct effects on our body.

In fact, it is quite obvious, just as the different lights, colours and temperatures affect us throughout the year. It is undeniable that each season has its smell and there is no need to spend words here to verify that smell has an enormous transformative power. The seasonality registered in the preferences of our regular customers gave me an unusual confidence in human kind, since it means that we have not completely lost the connection with our environment. Something remains. We are nature, although we constantly try to forget it.

Photo by Joan Divi

 Letting ourselves be more affected by the cycles and changes of the world around us, far from making us weaker, connects us in a powerful way with something that goes far beyond ourselves. Wearing our perfumes is a way to do it consciously. A way to practice the season smelling that suits us so well and that adjusts our mood to the rhythms of Nature.