Creating English Fields
First, it was the much-loved Myrrh & Tonka. Then came festive favourite Green Almond & Redcurrant. Now, Céline Roux and Mathilde Bijaoui have teamed up once again on English Fields. We spoke to our Head of Fragrance Development and the Master Perfumer to find out more.
Take us back to the moment you came up with the concept for English Fields.
Céline: Growing up in France I spent my summers in the countryside, surrounded by fields. Since moving to the UK and having spent time in the British countryside, I’ve developed a fascination with the textures, colours and ingredients of grains and the harvest traditions in Britain. That’s when I started to think this could become a scent concept. There’s a beauty to the imperfection of the English landscape – I love the contrast of cultivated fields against the pops of flowers and lush pastures that you can’t control. That was the twist I wanted to capture in this collection.
Why did you decide to create a collection, rather than an individual Cologne?
Céline: It would have been too limiting to stop at one when there are so many flavours to explore. We focused on grains such as wheat, barley and rye, but since they all have different olfactive qualities it felt natural to pair them individually with complementing wild flowers.
Why did you decide to work together again for this project?
Mathilde: I was so happy to work with Jo Malone London again because I love their way of developing fragrances. Making cereals and grains the main focus was a first for me, somewhere I’ve never been before as a perfumer.
Tell us more about each fragrance...
Poppy & Barley
Céline: The poppy was important to this collection as it is quintessentially British and symbolic to this country. Aesthetically they are so bright and vibrant, whereas barley has a cotton-soft texture and nurturing warmth. That contrast is very Jo Malone London.
Primrose & Rye
Mathilde: Primroses are joyful yellow flowers, so I used corn, coconut and mimosa to enhance that rich and hazy solar effect. For a smoky warmth I added rye, which has a spicy hint of vanilla and a real earthiness to it.
Oat & Cornflower
Céline: Mathilde came up with an accord to represent the oats, which are wholesome, mouth- watering and addictive.
Mathilde: To replicate the nuttiness of oats I included hazelnut, then enhanced the fragrance with warm, sweet tobacco and earthy vetiver.
Honey & Crocus
Céline: One of the visions we had for English Fields was of bees flying over the meadows and pollinating flowers, so we wanted a note of honey in one of the fragrances. Crocus is a quintessential spring flower, and Mathilde was able to combine the two perfectly.
Green Wheat & Meadowsweet
Céline: The idea was to capture the start of spring – that moment when a fresh breeze rustles through fields of young green wheat.
Mathilde: I used grapefruit to draw out the freshness of the wheat. I love what the vetiver brings – it’s an earthy note that really resonated with the grain.