How to create Hygge with fragrance

You might have noticed a huge fascination this year with all things Scandinavian and particularly with the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah). Candle companies have been quick to take advantage of Hygge as a marketing opportunity so I wanted to look at what would make a Hygge fragrance and what individual materials you could use. I’ve put some ideas in the post here but as it’s likely to be a very personal thing too, let me know what is “hyggelig” to you.

Loosely translated Hygge is the “Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness. Contentment. Good feelings. A warm glow.”

I love this idea and it lead me to a book by the fabulously named Meik Wiking (pronounced Mike Viking)

Some of the scents associated with Hygge are: Fresh Coffee, Baked Bread, Milk, Vanilla, Fresh Air, Clean Laundry and Cosy Woods.

As you can see vanilla and sandalwood feature heavily for me. For you it might be a lighter fresh linen scent or a crisp clean outdoor smell.

For materials to create a cosy feel try:

  • Soft musk notes – Habanolide, Galaxolide, Cashmeran Velvet, Ambroxan

  • Vanilla Notes – Vanilla Absolute, Vanillin, Benzoin, Tonka Absolute, Coumarin

  • Woody & Resinous Notes – Sandalwood, Frankincense, Douglas Fir, Timbersilk

  • Milky Notes – Lactones

My favourite Hygge perfumes are:

  • Hypnotic Poison by Dior – soft fluffy musks and almond (Habanolide & Heliotropin)
  • Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens – cosy amber (labdanum, vanilla, sandalwood)
  • Anubis by Papillon Artisan Perfumes – soft suede and incense (labdanum, frankincense, sandalwood)
  • Dries Van Noten for Frederic Malle – milky woods (Mysore Sandalwood & Vanilla)
  • Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens – a more outdoorsy Hygge, walking in the forest (Pine, incense bay)

Want to learn more? Why not come to a live perfumery class or study at home with my online perfumery course

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