What the Gorilla Perfumers get up to when they're not in the lab
Gorilla 2012 Gallery
THE BUG –
Inspired by music, Mark and Simon feel the paranoia of the modern age…
Thoughts drift to ominous surveillance cameras…
voices whispering in the ears…
hidden secret police and anonymous hackers…
Ideas for a ‘protest perfume’ emerge – a disjointed scent for our times.
Using such unique fragrances as Galbanum and Black Pepper
DEVIL’S NIGHTCAP –
One of the most mysterious megaliths stands in the town-place of Studland. Known as the Agglestone, or…
Folklore from 1866 claims the devil threw the stone across the sea, attempting to hit Corfe Castle.
The stone was first noted by Borlase in 1758, who described it as ‘the great stone of men’ – and he attributed Druidic properties to the rock.
To capture this magic, Oak moss, Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang were used.
And Lo! The Earth Was Sundered.
We find Simon Constantine in cold January, trudging across fields and searching for the eerie spot known as Hellstone.
The ancient Hellstone megalith was used as a burial mound 4000 years ago.
As written in 1803, lore has it that the devil flung this stone!
Inspired by the smells of unearthed roots and freshly turned earth…
the Hellstone inspired perfume uses Vetiver, Cumin and Beeswax.
FLOWER’S BARROW –
Heed The Sages, Walk Back in Thyme.
There are stories about an iron age hill fort above Lulworth Cove. It seems to have been taken over by the Romans, who are said to haunt the place known as Pines Hill, or Flower’s Barrow.
Climbing the steep hills to explore this magical place, Simon dodges explosives used by the Ministry of Defence!
The ancient fort has sunk into the sea…
and nettles and brambles have overtaken the land.
To capture the spirit of this place in scent, Gorilla has utilized well-used herbs like Sage and Thyme, as well as Geranium and Blackcurrant.
Looking out the back door of his new home, Simon Constantine finds inspiration in his own garden.
Furze is a very British plant, the prickly bush is also known as Gorse. It even flowers in the winter.
Lore has it that the flower was used by the Vikings to brew beer…
and if grown on your property, Furze could protect from curses or hexes – made into a broom, it could ‘sweep’ away evil influences.
Adding Coconut and Vanilla, this fragrance is sure to protect its wearer from evil!
Let Your Heart Sing Out!
Mark Constantine longed for healing scents, to make one feel a kind of…
Taking cues from books on Aromatherapy…
Euphoric sensations were conjured
using Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Lime and Neroli.
SIKKIM GIRLS – A Flick of the Hips and A Knowing Gaze.
Musician and Composer Sheema Mukherjee was inspired after she had an experience…
While hanging out in the oddly names ‘Hot Stimulating Café’ in Darjeeling, the café owner warned Sheema to stay away from the dangerous Sikkim Girls.
When asked why, the owner said they had seduced and stolen away his son-in-law. Somehow they accomplished this dressed from head-to-toe…
simply with a subtle yet sexual sway of their bodies.
To capture their sensual and perhaps naughty ways, Frangipani, Vanilla and Tuberose are aded to the mix.
During the cold winter, Mark longed for warmth.
Mark travelled to the USA in spring, compiling a soundtrack, like Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘America’ to listen to while driving down the New Jersey Turnpike to Cape May.
Visions came to him of a big orange sun on a lollipop stick.
Orange, Tangerine and Sandalwood grace this fresh scent.
THE VOICE OF REASON –
Find Your Voice Within
Inspired by the Beat Generation and the spoken word…
literary figures like William Burroughs and Neal Cassady….
and bards like Gil Scott-Heron and Leonard Cohen.
Street corners, basement clubs, and claustrophobic coffee shops, with the strong aroma of Gitane cigarettes and Espresso…
Sandalwood and the Tonka bean are major ingredients.