Boston Ivy - A breath of air through dark green leaves, clinging to a brick wall that is drying out from a soaking rain. It is described as gritty Irish Boston, green ivy, moss and fresh clover by the seaside.
Burning Barbershop - Thoughts of the charred remains of the contents of an upstate NY turn-of the-last-century full service place. This is a mix of burnt shaving tonic mints, lime, vanilla and lavender. I smell smoke and cleanliness together, the clean wind whistling through the smoldering ruins.
Orris - Extract of iris root, cedar and violet resin, for dandies preparing to enter their personal night-lives. Gentlemanly, while looking for a wild time. The cedar and resin warm the cold iris, and the violet sweetens it infinitesimally. Like a well turned out Mark Twain after he got rich and clubbable kind of thing.
My Indian Childhood – Kewda and osmanthus, a very serious almost animal low note of sweetness that crosses both the floral and the gourmand style.
Shake, Shake Senora (limited) - I sense vanilla flavored gum, patent leather shoes, a little pineapple, a hot pink and lime green kind of olfactory dance. Marigold, heliotrope and vanilla orchid, a young fragrance.
Pettigrain Sur Fleur (limited edition) - Herbal scented clean fur, worn with a small strongly fragrant corsage. Notes of orange blossom wood and flowers distilled together, tuberose and lavender.
They all have a vintage-chic feel to them, witty and bright, and not painfully expensive (about $58). The masculine scents seem like a good choice for the bike riding young dandy set. The feminines keep a classically Indian tone of very soft sweet lushness. They are hand made in small batches by the two of them, using a high proportion of natural materials, some of which they distill themselves. Thereby they have a gentle throw and are somewhat fugitive, so safe for close quarters in public such as the workplace, and a need for re-application to be expected.
There are many intriguing titles I have not yet tried: Siberian Snow, Poppy Rouge, Silent Grove, Mississippi Death Cult, $, Resin, Cowgirl Grass, they've come up with lots of great names and ideas. They are to be found at boutiques such as In God We Trust, Steven Alan, Anthropologie, Matter, Hayden Harnett, Una, The Darling Room, Rural Residence, and others, and at their very literate website, which is also self created.
Photos above of themselves in their live-and-work space, from an interview in Refinery 29 taken by Nick Wolf.