House of Mammoth Fragrance Descriptions
Alive opens with top notes of bergamot, green apple, and basil before transitioning into soapy white floral with powdery labdanum and fresh plant stem, then finishes in oakmoss, wood, and laundry musk.
In the words of one user, “If the bright, fresh opening is the inhale, the warm, woody, creamy, musky base is the exhale of a deeply satisfied breath."
I made Alive as a way to work through my own process of emerging from the lockdown and pandemic disruptions, to find ways to be reborn, to reemerge celebrating the growth that often happens through death and dormancy.
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We live in a noisy world, surrounded by things that demand our attention. The news is unsettling, advertising is everywhere, and social media promises easy connections while driving us further apart.
Almond Leather features a leather scent softened with a bit of marzipan. These notes are rounded out by a mild top note of neroli, while frankincense lends complexity to the leather accord.
Beloved opens with a fresh but dry herbaceous woodiness from bergamot mint and French lavender. The heart of the fragrance features immortelle absolute, which smells like dark honey warmed by the sun. A soft growl of Texas cedarwood and a touch of the sandalwood molecule javanol are the foundation of the base, while modern aroma molecules like cedramber, vertofix, and iso e super provide diffusive woody ambergris effects. The warm woody honey/orris scent of azarbre continues the immortelle profile down into the base as well, and balances the dryness of the woody notes.
Notes: bergamot mint, french lavender, ambergris, immortelle, sandalwood, texas cedar.
You smell spices and wine up front, from the king’s feast before you. A touch of aromatic incense and resin mixes with the crisp teakwood of the throne where you sit. You’re almost dizzy from the rich leather of the animal skins that cover your shoulders.
Notes: pink pepper, cardamom, coffee, berry, guaiacwood, labdanum, patchouli, and a range of musks.
We hope this scent will warm and lift your spirits even when it’s dark and cold.
Notes: sweet orange, bergamot, fir, juniper, oakmoss, amber, frankincense, musk, and castoreum.
Jitterbug (perfume-only release, now discontinued)
"The universe doesn't have laws, it has habits. And habits can be broken." -Tom Robbins, in Jitterbug Perfume.*
Jitterbug is my attempt to recreate the long lost fragrance that may be the secret essence of the universe, as described in the Tom Robbins novel Jitterbug Perfume. In the true spirit of the book, this fragrance is joyous, rich, natural, and doesn't take itself too seriously.
In Robbins' words:
"Reality is subjective, and there's an unenlightened tendency in this culture to regard something as 'important' only if it's sober and severe. Your Cheerful Dumb are not so much happy as lobotomized. But your Gloomy Smart are just as ridiculous. When you're unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. And you get to take yourself oh so very seriously. Your truly happy people, which is to say, your people who truly LIKE themselves, they don't think about themselves very much. Your unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwelling on himself and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence.
"Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.”
Top: citron (cedrat), grapefruit, hedione
Mid: jasmine grandiflorum, jasmine sambac, orris, cypriol
Base: beeswax absolute, labdanum, amyris, patchouli, oakmoss, musk
You’re a superhero to someone. There are people who look up to you, and people who depend on you. But every superhero has a weakness.
True strength means being able to depend on others and ask for help when we need it. Don’t hide your weaknesses. Ask for the help you need, and you’ll be even more of a hero.
Rumble is a modern/vintage chocolate rum amber fragrance that whispers an invitation to get closer, nuzzle, sigh, and relax. Gentle and beautiful, but with a warm, deep heart, the perfect date night fragrance.
Notes: rum, coffee, vetiver, labdanum, milk chocolate, woods
Santa Noir is a love letter to Christmas, a luxurious winter fragrance featuring a large percentage of exquisite and expensive natural materials.
The fragrance opens with a sparkle of fresh hedione and fruity cassis, red as Rudolph's nose.
A citrusy balsamic evergreen accord emerges, featuring absolutes of balsam fir, black hemlock, and black spruce, all sourced from the wilds of Canada.
A healthy dose of real jasmine grandiflorum from India creates warmth and depth, accented with honey essence and oakmoss through the heart of the fragrance.
The soft woody vanillic drydown is delicious and comforting. Creamy sandalwood is reinforced with hints of agarwood and patchouli for body. A beautiful recreation of (rein)deer musk provides powdery warmth with a touch of leather.
Notes: twinkling lights, Rudolph’s nose, Christmas tree, warm blanket of snow, Santa’s sleigh, reindeer musk (cassis, balsam, jasmine, honey, sandalwood, deer musk)
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Shire was inspired by a friend who loves The Hobbit, and suggested a scent that captures the opening scene where Bilbo is relaxing with his pipe and taking in the verdant beauty of the shire, when Gandalf arrives to invite him on an adventure.
Fresh air and violets mix to form a light breezy opening, with rich green heartnotes and a warm tobacco base. It’s a summery tobacco scent, if that’s possible, and we hope you like it.
I've rebuilt the fragrance from the ground up with the same notes and inspiration, but better perfumery skills and materials. Always improving.
Shire 2 notes: violets, fresh air, vetiver, spice, and tobacco.
Smash celebrates a wonderful cocktail, the bourbon smash.
This delicious fragrance was created by William Carius from Barrister and Mann.
Notes: peach, cane sugar, tobacco, bourbon, hedione
Tobacconist is full and natural, with wood and tobacco taking center stage. Walk into the tobacconist’s shop and experience the richness of this amazing fragrance.
Notes: tobacco absolute, cedarwood, dried fruit, amber, coumarin, spice, benzoin, heliotrope, and musk.
Uitwaaien is a Dutch idiom meaning a walk in the wind, as a means of refreshing and clearing the mind. Uitwaaien is a woody iris perfume with a salty aspect, inspired by a rocky beach I used to go with my friends as a kid. We'd climb the cliff a hundred yards from the edge of the sea, our hands digging into the clay, grabbing roots to pull ourselves up, the sound of wind and ocean indistinguishable from one another. We climbed til we stood at the top, wind whipping, full of freedom and togetherness and accomplishment.
Top: Cold iris, tinged green, with a barely there subdose of mint.
Heart: Transparent deconstructed florals ride the salty wind, underpinned by a haze of seaweed and driftwood.
Base: Rooty orris and vetiver mingle with cedar, sandalwood, and spiky modern superambers.
Voices is a collaboration between House of Mammoth and the Lather Talk podcast.
Notes: mango, pandan, sticky rice, coconut milk, vetiver, orris, and wood.