Perfumery Scene – Boreal Forest

When I was a child, my family lived in a small village by edge of forest. I was often playing in the forest and clearly remember it’s odours – wet soil, fir cones and needles, mushrooms, wild raspberry, fallen leaves, wet tree’s bark… Forest for me is an unlimited storehouse full of secret treasure. Here I’d like to talk about boreal forest in particular. One of my perfumes from the Sola Collection, Sola Boreala, is devoted to Boreal Forest and serves to reveal how I admire the heavenly delightful aromatic nectar which various conifers bestow a curious perfumer with.

Boreal forest is predominantly coniferous forest consisting of cedars, firs, hemlocks, larches, pines and spruces. I was able to get hold of several perfumery materials which I am going to use to recreate a scent of a summertime in boreal forest – a time when sun is warming up the tree’s bark and resinous cones exuding a wonderful aroma. These are some of them:

Abies balsamea or balsam fir is a North American fir, native to most of eastern and central Canada and the north-eastern United States.

I have got Fir Balsam Absolute produced by solvent extraction of Canadian Abies balsamea needles. The material is heavenly sweet resinous, full of warm wood  saturated with sun and berry juiciness.

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is native to a wide territory from Western Europe to Eastern Siberia. It has very recognisable orange-red bark and short blue-green leaves.

Pine Absolute I’ve got produced by solvent extraction of French Pinus sylvestris needles. The Absolute is intensely aromatic and deeply rich, full-bodied resinous-sweet, lovingly warm with the most truly sublime pine-resinous woody aroma throughout.

Tsuga canadensis, or eastern hemlock, is native to eastern North America.

Blue Hemlock Absolute I have got produced by solvent extraction of Canadian Tsuga canadensis needles.

Blue hemlock absolute is bursting with a galore of rich fruit pulp and juicy berry goodness, sprinkled with ambery and zappy resinous woody qualities. While opening, the Absolute is dancing around a sticky fruit and piercing woody needle cocktail with slight touch of tea notes.


These three absolutes are going to build a base and heart of Sola Boreala recreating sublime pine-resinous woody aroma full of pine needles, berry juiciness, warm amber and rich fruity nuances.

Part 2 of the Perfumery Scene – Boreal Forest I will tell of the heart to top notes of the Sola Boreala, which will be opening the scent of amazing beauty.


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