Hide by Redolescent:
Hide is not to everyone’s taste! It is bold and demanding, without being heavy and dark. It lasts well, and can project across a room, so spray with caution! One spray on a hot day will make a big impact.
Hide starts with a blast of cold cliffside air, it’s uplifting and bracing. Imagine walking into a dense fog with a strong headwind. Through this initial rush, the blackcurrant note (twisted to an almost blackberry direction) announces itself, it’s wonderfully tart and sour. The edges are softened ever so slightly with damascones, but it is still unapologetic!
As far as scent development goes it remains fairly linear, though it does mellow in time to become fruitier and saltier. On some people the salt & sage aspects of this perfume really come into their own later on, while others bring out the dry aged woods. Don’t expect creamy or dark woods though, these are desiccated by years of salt and sea air!
You’re on a cliffside in harsh weather. Fortunately, a bird hide in the distance offers shelter from your storm.
WARNING – Talk of Mental Health.
“Originally called “Hide at the edge of the world” this fragrance is a deeply personal project marking a turning point with the ongoing management of mental health. I had recently been diagnosed with PTSD and was facing a relapse of depression. During a holiday in Wales (the same which inspired Merge) my mum and I hiked up a (seemingly never-ending) cliffside. When we reached the top, we stumbled upon an empty bird hide looking out onto the vast ocean. The sea mist was rolling in and so it felt like gazing out into nothingness. We sat alone in silence. It was strangely peaceful.
It was the first time I had felt calm and fully grounded for months, and I felt thankful. Thankful of having my biggest supporter alongside me, and thankful of the opportunities which lay ahead.
Originally Hide was created as an invisible grounding technique to remind me of that moment, and an additional tool in my repertoire to manage the illness. It demands attention randomly throughout the day, it reminds you it is there and that you should be too.”
However, it gained interest, and friends wanted to wear it too (without knowing the true reason of its creation), so I decided to release it to the world.
It’s a perfume that sits within niche, and makes a unique and challenging wear. It just happens that I found it to be functional too.”
The cap of Hide is a recreation of that same bird hide. The artist captured the different textures as well as the form. Beautifully tactile: the slate texturing of the roof, the cracked stone walls, and the inset wooden windows all reflect the care and attention that go into a Redolescent product.
Strength: Eau de Parfum
Notes: Camphor, Tart Berries, Salt, Sea Air, Dried Woods, Ambergris.
Our naturally coloured fragrances may stain clothing.
You’ll notice that this perfume has a fascinating blue/green colour. This was achieved with a combination of natural materials including a vibrant Blue Tansy oil! Blending this perfume feels like alchemy!