Lignum Vitae - Beaufort London
Eau de Parfum
...nothing is so much wanted and desired at sea, as the discovery of the longitude, for the safety and quickness of voyages, the preservation of ships, and the lives of men...
The Longitude Act
Lignum Vitae owes its inspiration to the discovery of 17th Century Clockmaker John Harrison who used Lignum Vitae in the intricate workings of sea clocks (marine chronometers), as the wood is exceptionally hard and resistant to corrosion in sea air. Inspired by Harrison’s innovative use of materials Beaufort London blends unexpected notes to produce a multifaceted and intriguing fragrance.
Hot, metallic aspects are emphasised alluding to Lignum Vitae’s nickname of ‘Iron Wood’; the characteristic citrus, peppery scent of the Lignum Vitae itself and heavy emphasis was placed on the salt air which caused brass marine chronometers to seize. It was found that when sawn the exceptionally dense wood released an evocative ‘cakey’ aroma like the Proustian suggestion of Madeleines and childhood memories.
The perfume was designed both as a symbolic representation of the intricate workings of Harrison’s time machines, but also as a suggestion of the power of scent to transport us through time.
Perfumer Julie Marlowe was tasked with combining these enigmatic aspects in an unexpected and intriguing way.
Top: Black pepper, Red berries, Madeleine cake accord, Marine note, Mandarin, Lemon, Bergamot, Juniper, Ginger, Lime, Frankincense, Caramel
Heart: Lignum vitae wood accord, Guaiacwood, Vetiver, Peppery agarwood
Base: Sand accord, Sea salt, Amber, Frankincense resin, Moss, Musk, Vanilla