Tell us about the scents in the Layers line, which comes across as a statement collection of essentials. How did you select the notes to go in the blending collection?
All fragrances are inspired originally by two key ingredients. The first collection is Bergamot / Incense, Jasmine / Osmanthus and Sandalwood / Musk.
They are all ingredients I love, taking into consideration I love a lot of things when it comes to perfumery! All the fragrances are also developed so that they’ll work as a trio.
Do you remember the first scent you bought and do you still have it?
As a kid, I was obsessed with miniatures of fragrance bottles. I was collecting them since the age of 12 or something. I use to spend all my pocket money on buying them. Back then, there wasn't the internet and eBay, I would go to the flea markets with my parents to get my hands on half empty mini bottles and they were so expensive - or maybe I thought they were expensive . I can’t remember which one was the first one. I have so many, hundreds, I still have them all!
What drew you to MONC and made you decide to take part in this Q&A?
We first discovered MONC at The Design Junction 2018 where our stands were next to another. When we had a quiet moment we popped over to explore the nearby makers and loved everyone's entrepreneurial craftsmanship. MONC stood out because of the high quality design, aesthetics and craftsmanship of the glasses. It was great to see how passionate Freddie and his team were about educating everyone on the ethical production that goes into making the glasses. The craftsmanship, production transparency and high quality design really resonated with as a brand we can relate to.
Help us create a scent for our current mood at MONC. What does change and innovation smell like?
Oh that’s a tricky one! Smell is such a subjective experience as it’s so strongly connected to our personal memories and tastes. Innovation and change are seen as positive occurrences, something new and exciting, but it can also be something we need time to adapt to! Maybe it could translate as something unexpected - a clash of contrasting notes, including notes that are not commonly found in commercial fragrances. Something that would provoke a reaction in someone, positive and negative, a little bit like what change can provoke.