It’s been said that your fragrances should reflect the season. (Who says that? We say that.). Fall and winter’s scents should be deep and rich, while spring and summer’s colognes should be as light and refreshing as its weather. Think pine in the winter, citrus in the summer.
If you’ve been searching for a new signature fragrance, now’s the time to go for something invigorating and uplifting. That new thing is green apple based Smyth, the newest fragrance to join the Henry Rose family of unisex scents.
Smyth is a genderless or unisex eau de parfum that’s crisp and clean. It opens with a mix of tart green apples, juicy melon, and water notes. It’s reminiscent of a luscious summer fresh cut fruit salad that sits in a glistening bowl at your favorite brunch place. And, as the scent starts to settle into your skin and mix with your body chemistry, you’ll notice a flash of brisk white tea, seductive jasmine and apricot nectar. Those are the heart or mid notes that give Smyth its personality. The finish, or dry down tones, are a mix of heady sandalwood, sheer white woods, amber and musk.
Smyth and the other six scents that comprise the Henry Rose collection were made to protect the wearer. Everything the brand creates is cruelty-free, hypoallergenic and doesn’t contain any known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine disruptors. They are also paraben, formaldehyde and phthalates free.
Henry Rose was created following the guidelines of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Why are they so particular about how they create fragrances? Award-winning actress and owner of Henry Rose, Michelle Pfeiffer explains.
“I couldn’t imagine exposing my children to anything potentially toxic on my skin, so I gave up fragrance altogether. But I really missed it and eventually realized that if I wanted a safer, beautiful quality perfume, I would need to create it myself.”
And if you’re a man who’s reluctant to jump on the unisex fragrance trend, just ask yourself if you’d rather wear a cologne designed by a professional athlete or by a beautiful woman?
Another way that Henry Rose sets itself apart from other fragrance companies is that they list every ingredient they use for each fragrance. Those luscious green apple, melon and watery notes used in Smyth? They’re made from green apple accord, a base ingredient in natural colognes. Henry Rose doesn’t hide the ingredients in tiny print. To see what they use, all you need to do is scroll down a fragrance’s page and it’s there in big, bold letters. If you’ve ever had a sensitivity to certain ingredients or an allergic reaction to one, knowing what they use allows fragrance lovers and cologne connoisseurs to avoid possibly harmful reactions.
Getting back to Smyth, the fragrance’s inspiration came from Pfeiffer’s backyard. “In my home in Northern California, there is a 100-year-old tree Granny Smith apple tree in the front yard. It’s small and looks like something out of a fairytale…When it is in bloom, it gives off a light, sweet smell that usually means Spring has arrived and Summer is just around the corner. Smyth is really the essence of what that scent is like for me.”
Henry Rose Smyth comes in a 50ml bottle, rollerball 8 ml or as part of a 4-sample discovery set that also contains Jake’s House, Fog and Last Light.