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Is there anything more alluring than sun-soaked California in the 1960s? Come with us on a trip to Idyllwild, that small mountain town scented with lavender, citrus and soothing rhubarb tea. But you know it’s as much about the journey as the destination. That’s why you rented that cherry red Corvette, made to hug the curves of the PCH as the fresh, clean scent of Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine helps focus your thoughts.
As you turn onto the bumpy back roads, the sagebrush of Big Sur and cypress of Monterey float in, tickling your nose and your imagination. Here and there, you catch some smoke on the wind, lingering long after the fire has been extinguished. You find peace in this drive, almost as if you found your way home. Notes of this woody oriental include rhubarb tea, grapefruit, lavender, big sur sagebrush, cypress, fir needle, cardamom, woods, and oud musk.
- Ineke Rühland is a professional nose who creates original fragrances in her independent studio in San Francisco. Born and educated in Canada, she moved to Europe in 1988 to embark on a career in the fragrance industry. While living in France, Ineke completed her formal perfumery studies at ISIPCA, the only university-level perfumery school in the world. She honed her traditional perfumery techniques with sojourns to Grasse, the city that spawned perfumery in France. Ineke apprenticed at an esteemed fragrance house in Paris for three years before moving to San Francisco and eventually launching her alphabetical line in the summer of 2006. An enthusiastic gardener, Ineke derives inspiration from her collection of rare scented botanicals. Her passion for literature, design and the arts are reflected in every bottle. Through original photos, artwork and snippets of verse, Ineke crafts an intimate backstory for each scent. Read an interview with Ineke and dive into her world of perfumery.