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Arborist - woody, earthy, musky and powerful


arborist: a specialist in arboriculture, the cultivation and care and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants …WIKIPEDIA

Arborist: one of the six fragrances in the 2019 nature-inspired Progressive Botany Vol. 1 collection by perfumer Euan McColl of Jorum Studio in Edinburgh, Scotland. Euan McColl is a gifted perfumer, so this story of his native landscape is true to his non-conformist style, challenging and intriguing. The clarity of his vision plus the obvious quality of the materials he uses in his small-batch fragrances have landed his independent brand on the perfume map.

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”. (Note: What is a Virideer? – Google and Wiki have no clue). 

The opening of Arborist 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. Maybe the Virideer is the Green Man, the ancient guardian of forests, symbol of rebirth, maybe the Green Man wears leather garments…

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 Arborist 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 because it is a far cry from a green or leafy or poetic scent. 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. 

Arborist is listed in our Decant Store. Decants are $6.00 for 1 ml.

Arborist, 30 ml. Jorum Studio - image by