If you want to find the delicate scarlet larkspur flower in the wild, you'll need to hike up the north-facing hills of California's southern coast. Barring that, grab this bottle of Scarlet Larkspur from San Francisco-based perfumer Ineke and see what you're missing. Scarlet Larkspur opens with a bright, slightly cherried note and the slightest hint of wine followed by a soft floral heart and a mellow, woody dry down. Don't be fooled by the heavy-sounding notes; Ineke blends them as though under a translucent veil, resulting in a perfume as gentle as a spring day. Notes include claret wine, red currant, morello cherry, scarlet larkspur, saffron, amyris wood, tonka bean, and Bourbon vanilla.
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 or learn more at www.ineke.com.
Scarlet Larkspur is inspired by the wildflower of the same name, which grows on the hillsides of the California cost.