PK Perfumes




Green | Undergrowth | Fougère

Ere – air, before, early, morning, a memory.

A fresh green forest fragrance which took more than two years to complete. Before Red Leather, I considered Ere my best. I have worked on Ere for more than two years. Especially for Ere, I go into the California Sierra mountains and harvest a fern and process it to use in the fragrance. I know of only one other perfumer who is using this fern in their work.

The Native American named Kit-Kit-Dizzie Fern is a very resilient plant, so much so that after a fire, it is the first growth back in, and tends to choke out all other saplings that want to come up through it, and tends to take over the regrowth in that place..

In the gold rush foothills of California, during the summer, the essential oil content from this fern is as high as 12% in the leaves/fronds. The fronds are so covered in a sticky resin, that when you walk through the meadow, your boots and pants legs are just covered in this very strong odour from the ferns. I grew up really loving this odour that fills the meadow, this thick, almost sweet, aroma that almost seems to envelop you and push down on your head somehow, whenever I went to visit my Grandparents at their mountain home.  (Maybe it was the strong sun want me to fall down into the meadow and smell from the ground up…) 

But it was this meadow, surrounded by the tall incense cedars and pines, the manzanita bushes with their smells, the deep red iron filled earth that is found there, and the clean mountain air, AIR, that inspired this fragrance, and its name.  I am recalling the past from my childhood, ere. - Paul Kiler

You may have been told that ferns have no scent and that the fougère is merely based on a fantasy accord. This statement is true for the most part, however, Paul's use of the aromatic Kit-Kit-Dizzie fern shows the lengths that many artisanal perfumers can go to when perfecting their creations.

How does it smell? Ere is a vibrant green fougère with a heart of fir, galbanum, hay and mastic layered with impressions of undergrowth and woods. There's a freshness and clarity here, but instead of the usual bergamot and lavender, we have galbanum and other greenery.

Top Notes:
Clove, Black Tea, Juniper Berry

Heart Notes:
Galbanum, Kit-Kit-Dizzie Fern, Hay, Rose, Boronia, Broom, Angelica

Base Notes
Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedar, Mastic, Sandarac, Cypriol, Tobacco, Fir Balsam, Oakmoss, Immortelle

Perfumer: Paul Kiler


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