How did you come up with the ideas for the scents and how was the process of formulating them?
I first started with the concept of the Yule festival and some of the traditions that you might find. I wanted to include food and drink, games, and traditional items. That led me to the main six in the collection, along with scent designs that transport you to an ancient Norwegian winter festival.
Here's what I imagined:
We begin with Northern Lights, which sets the scene. A dark and freezing night, ice and snow on the ground, and a biting chill in the air, yet a beautiful display of bursting color in the black, starry sky. The scent is mysterious, earthy, with a hint of spice.
It's so cold out, you can't wait to get back inside to the warmth of the Longhouse Hearth, where a fire blazes, and a roast churns on a spit. The scent of smoke, crackling cedarwood, and aromatic herbs are intoxicating.
Next, it's time to sit down at the communal table alongside family, where something absolutely delicious is placed on the table, still too hot to touch.... it's your favorite, Braided Sweetbread, which is only served once a year if there's enough honey leftover from the Summer harvest. The scent of wild honey, imported spices, and nuts feels like a dream on this cozy festival night.
You look toward the door and see the The Yule Tree, freshly cut today, which reminds us that everything else will become lush and green soon again. You're loving the thought of coming warmer days as fresh forest air and moss covered wood drift through the longhouse.
Looking toward the back of the longhouse, you spot something leaning up against the wall... it's your favourite festival tradition: Wheel of the Sun! It's a large wreath made of tree branches and evergreen leaves, which we light on fire and roll down the snowy hill, reminding us that in the dead of Winter, the Sun shall indeed return. The aroma of ripened red berries on fresh-cut mossy branches and soft musk fill the room.
It's been a very long day... after a long trek through the snow, and Yule festivities, it's time to retire to The Jarl's Chamber, where cozy fur blankets, and your favorite belongings beckon you... did you almost forget you are the Jarl? The scent combination of your musky cedar bed with your private stash of citrus fruits & exotic spices recently acquired from trade posts create a sleep spell, lulling you to a deep, deep sleep.