Label concept and designs for The Garden Collection by Marissa Zappas.
Each fragrance in The Garden Collection evokes an aspect of a secret garden: cold stone, flowers budding and dried, strewn about tea leaves and tarot cards, and a locked wooden gate.
The god Pan crafts a flute from a lilac branch, playing a song of lilac dreams: the notes are pale purple, milky, and sweet. A ribbon of vanilla and musk rises from the sound of his pipe. Your ears perk at this enchanting tune: a seduction from Pan was not what you expected to hear in the distance when you arrived at this summer soiree!
Descriptors: creamy & dreamy, gourmand-but-not, soliflore
Top: petitgrain, bergamot
Mid: billowy lilac, neroli, ambrette
Base: musk, tonka, vanilla
Pull back the silk curtains and the fragrance of a frangipani bouquet on the tarot reader’s table invites you in. As she reveals cards, scent memories of fresh hay, amber and sweet orange come to the fore. Heliotrope and spices perfume the air as she pulls the final card, the Sun. She tells you it’s an omen of vitality, confidence, and abundance: the sun’s gift is a celebration.
Descriptors: ceremonial, joyous, regal, blooming
Top: heliotrope, sweet orange, spices
Mid: hay, frangipani
Base: sheer amber
Petrichor is reminiscent of cold, wet dirt, while at the same time feeling luminescent. It’s main note is orris, the bulb of an iris flower. There is a rooty, shimmering effect that is undeniably like the scent of fresh rain on dirt and cold stone.
Descriptors: cold, dry, powdery, dramatic, avant-garde, conceptual
Top: damp earth, lemon
Mid: immortelle, orris, vetiver
Base: ambergris, sandalwood, moss, musk
Powdery mimosa takes the stage here, with subtle hints of myrrh. This fragrance is at once old fashioned and baby. Typically quiet mimosa now demands attention with added heliotropin, in this mysteriously satisfying ode to the flower.
Descriptors: soft, nostalgic, quiet, dreamy, baby, sweet but not cloying
Top: heliotrope, bergamot
Mid: mimosa, cardamom, cassis
Base: tonka, vanilla, myrrh, musk
Inspired by the scent of black tea spilled over an old book, Smoked Jasmine Black Tea harkens back to Emily Dickinson, her dried flowers and poetry. This is a quietly smokey and pervasively jasminic fragrance, with undertones of indole.
Descriptors: wet, like old books, jasminic, quietly smokey
Top: bergamot, orange bitter, clary sage
Mid: jasmine, black tea, orris
Base: cedarwood, incense
Created in collaboration with the designer Violette Hay, this fragrance is a modernized ode to the violet flower. While it does contain hints of parma violet, it’s main focus is a hay-like suede note, with apricot undertones. This is not a sweet fragrance and it’s velvety texture stays fairly close to the skin.
Descriptors: soft, pixie-like, natural, golden
Top: Carrot seed, coriander
Mid: apricot, violet, saffron
Base: suede, hay, musk
Photography by Elizabeth Renstrom