Union, as in Union Jack.
Union Fragrance is a British brand that launched last summer. The line was exclusive to Selfridges and recently it has crossed the Ocean is now also available at
Quince, Mint & MossNotes: mint, juniper berries, petitgrain, thyme, sage, moss
I don't always mean it as a compliment when I say that a fragrance is "fresh", but this aromatic herbal fragrance is alive, vibrant, and very green. It's perfect for summer without being too lightweight. The herbs have a bite and the quince is delicious. A must-try for green lovers.
Notes: holy thistle, bay, pine resin
Another green one, this time more moody and spicy. It makes me think of fall, for some reason, gray skies and deep colors. I've never been to the Scottish Highlands, but if that's what they smell like I'm ready to pack my bags and go. Holy Thistle is perhaps more masculine than Quince &co., though both are quite gender-neutral (as is the rest of the line).
Notes: oak, fir balsam, pine needles, marmite, birch tar, myrtle, peat
Celtic Fire is a full-bodied, smoky, tarry wonder. Fans of campfire scents (Lonestar Memories, Patchouli 24) and smoky peat (Alan Cumming) must give it a try. There's an almost meaty quality to Celtic Fire that's a bit disconcerting for me as a vegetarian, but the complexity of the fragrance has won me over.
Notes: English bluebell, narcissus, violet leaf, ivy
I didn't expect to fall in love with what seems like a delicate floral, but here I am. They're not kidding about the Gothic atmosphere of this fragrance: pale Jane Eyre may be taking her quiet walk, but Mr. Rochester is about to gallop into the scene on his horse and wreak all kinds of havoc. Something dark is lurking in that oak forest.
Union Fragrance perfumes ($185 or £125, 100ml EDT) are available from Selfridges and Henri Bendel. It's one of a handful of brands that Henri Bendel actually offer for sale online, including a $75 miniature set (4x5ml roller balls of the four fragrances above), which I'm >this< close to ordering.