When the time came for Korres to develop its first fragrance collection, the process itself was a milestone in the Greek skincare brand’s history. Synthetics-free fragrances, inspired by nature, each developed with a different leading perfume house and named simply for its dominant notes.
“A world without scent, would be a world without history.”
Spice, fruit, wood and flower. Nature’s gifts but also precious trade – or even currency – of a bygone age, the value of which has often been similed with gold. Amber, White Tea, Cardamom, Jasmine, Saffron, Pepper, Passion Fruit. Aromatic blends that balance between luxury and simplicity, classic and contemporary.
As part of an ongoing effort to eliminate potential exposure to polycyclic-musk (PCM), nitro-musk and phthalates, Korres has opted for a fragrance that is free of these synthetic non-biodegradable compounds that are widely used as fragrance fixatives and are known to cause irritations and bioaccumulation; Korres developed instead a formula, preserved with a natural food-grade antioxidant – Rosmarinus officinalis [rosemary].
A simple, ‘strict’ bottle at a first glance…a closer look reveals more; the tiny yet significant details like its ‘broken’ corners. A special mould was developed in Normandy by a small unit of quality glass productions, exclusively for Korres Fragrance. The selected colours signify pharmacy bottles; their luxury is ‘smashed’ by the use of the pure white soft-touch lid, a truly unconventional choice for a perfume top, but in tune with the brand’s trademark concept of contrasts. The use of the white symbolises pharmacies and labs, spaces that establish the Korres heritage. The result, elegant, individual, strict, simple but also a design statement. The artwork featured on the fragrance boxes comes from George Korres’ extensive vintage-homeopathy-books collection. The boxes open up like books to reveal the history of each scent inside.
Korres Saffron/ Amber/ Agarwood/ Cardamom EDT (Pictured Top): £24.00
50mL/ 3.38 Fl.Oz.
TOP NOTES: cardamom, bergamot, cinnamon
HEART: saffron, cedar wood, carnation, sandalwood
DRY OUT: amber, agarwood, vanilla
CHARACTER: oriental, woody, amber, a timeless male scent, intense, gentle
Crocus or best known as Saffron was first cultivated in Greece. It is Kozani in northern Greece that produces still the world’s best quality saffron. With over 150 volatile and aroma-yielding compounds, saffron’s original and seductive aroma has often been described by connoisseurs as reminiscent of metallic honey with grassy, hay-like notes.
Agarwood or Agar, is the aromatic resin that is formed within the heartwood of the Aquilaria trees. The complex yet pleasing and distinct aroma of agarwood has almost no similar analogues.
Cardamom, one of the most expensive spices, carries a strong unique taste and intense aroma. A traditional open-flames-drying process lends a smoky flavour to the spice which has enjoyed several medicinal and culinary uses.
Korres Peonia / Vanilla / Amber / Pear EDT: £24.00
50ml 3.38 Fl.Oz.
TOP NOTES: pear, apple, bergamot
HEART NOTES: peony, jasmine, rose, patchouli, sage, peach
DRY OUT: amber, musk, sandalwood, vanilla
CHARACTER: intensely feminine, distinct character
Peony blossoms were believed to be the Olympian gods’ gift to Healers and were adored by mortals as a panacea.
The concise aura of the peony scent unveils a yet to be tamed character, reminiscent of the high mountains where this beautiful flower grows.
Derived from tropical climbing orchids, the vanilla pod is believed to awaken the senses and induce dreams of love.
A sublime ingredient with a distinctively sweet and seducing aroma.
Pear trees, heavy with sunborn juicy fruits and scents of joy; fruits that lose their rich taste as they ripen, yet become even more fragrant, releasing a long lasting aroma.
Korres White Tea / Bergamot/ Freesia EDT: £24.00
50mL/ 3.38 Fl.Oz.
TOP NOTES: bergamot, mandarin, neroli, cyclamen
HEART: freesia, jasmine, white tea accord, violet
DRY OUT: white musk, cedarwood, moss
CHARACTER: floral, fresh
White tea, an indulgence solely for aristocrats of yesteryear China, is one of the most exquisite tea varieties.
An invigorating yet sensual blend due to its fresh, delicate, sweet-toned aroma.
A plant of South African origin, freesia’s distinct scent and vivid hues of pastel colours turned it into a sought after flower. The intense aroma of freshly cut freesias lasts for days and springs to mind carefree feelings and images of a blossoming countryside.
Cultivated for centuries in the Calabrian coast, bergamot is a citrus fruit that originated in Asia. Highly appreciated by perfumers around the world for its sharp, sweet-bitter, heart-warming notes, bergamot is associated with long Mediterranean evenings.
Korres Pepper/ Jasmine/ Gaiac Wood/ Passion Fruit EDT :£24.00
50mL/ 3.38 Fl.Oz.
TOP NOTES: sandalwood, anise, vanilla
HEART: jasmine, passion fruit, Gaiac wood
DRY OUT: pepper, white chocolate, peach, green hop
CHARACTER: spicy-oriental with ‘gold’ like notes, an unusually warm, precious scent for both men & women
The spicy, fresh notes and the aromatic blends of citrus and wood have transformed Pepper, also once known as ‘black gold’, into a timeless spice.
With its Jasmine base, the aromatic jasmine absolute, one of the most sought-out ingredients in perfumery, is known worldwide for its intense, warm, rich, exotic, sweet floral scent.
The Gaiac wood oil, obtained through steam distillation, has a mild, ‘precious-wood’ scent, as well as stimulant and rejuvenating properties. Gaiac tree – meaning Wood of Life – owes its name to its medicinal qualities.
What They Avoid:
PCM-COMPOUND FREE / NITRO-MUSK FREE
Musk-based ingredients have been used widely over the years for their scent and ability to ‘mask’ undesirable odours of the formula base. Polycyclic-musks (PCM) and Nitro-musks are synthetic aromatic compounds used in cosmetic products, detergents and cleaning agents. In addition to being linked to a number of skin irritations and bioaccumulation, these compounds are also non-biodegradable.
PHTHALATE FREE (DBP, DEP, DEHP, BBzP)
Phthalates are a large and diverse chemical family with a number of applications including wide use in the cosmetics and perfume industries. Certain phthalates -DBT, DEHP and BBP- have been accused of being highly irritating as they can be absorbed by the skin and cause allergic reactions.
The new Korres Fragrance Range is available to the UK and rest of the world from Niven & Joshua.