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Arborist is one of the six fragrances in the 2019 nature-inspired Progressive Botany Vol. 1 collection by perfumer Euan McColl of Jorum Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Arborist is an earthy woody musky bomb of a forest fragrance. “An ode to enchanting woodlands…found across Scotland… an imagined day-in-the-life of a Virideer”. 

The opening is a dense cloud of woodland smells, trees, leaves, resins, moss, forest flowers, the earthy dampness of decaying undergrowth that slowly transforms into an unexpected accord of osmanthus flower, its faint apricot fruitiness dusted with spice (saffron) and tart fruit (quince), wrapped in smooth worn leather smeared with woodland honey. 

This unique accord mellows into the heart where the majestic trees come into sharp focus. Aromatic resins of spruce and Douglas fir, forest saps of labdanum, burdock, myrhh , add to the woody splendour that I inhale and savour over and over. As Aborist dries down, the majestic forest accord becomes multi-faceted as Euan McColl’s forest story reveals sensual musky notes from tuberose and jatamansi and malt, redolent of “more than a hint of human skin, oily tool and distilling elixirs haunting from afar…”

Euan McColl warns that Arborist is not just about lumber. Nor is it just about trees.  Arborist includes leaves, flowers, fruits, insects, trees, sap, bark, roots, and soil – I can smell the living breathing forest. 

Arborist is spicy and musky, woody and earthy and powerful, a uniquely perfect olfactory portrait of Euan McColl’s native forest, untamed by the intrusion of humanity. 

Price: $6.00