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Psychoterratica is a trio of perfumes designed to be used as texturisers - for adding subtle and controlled texture to the Progressive Botany Vol. I collection as well as other fragrances.
The key element which links each of the three Psychoterratica perfumes is Tree Moss Absolute (Evernia Furfuracea Absolute), exploring how a single material can be used in multiple ways, for varying effects. Whilst Tree Moss Absolute is present in each we have handled this with restraint, to push and pull the character of the material, allowing us to display different shades of the lichen.
Psychoterratica I is best worn liberally. We like to think of I as an ambient aroma which helps exalt other fragrances and particular materials within a blend.
This perfume recalls the aroma left behind by lichen on the palm of hands after gentle rolling. The soft ghost-note nuances of botanicals, musk, woods and resin.
Tree Moss Absolute is paired carefully alongside Atlas Cedarwood Absolute. Psychoterratica I permeates a cool botanical signature.
Angelica, Mastic, Pink pepper, Caraway, Armoise, Galbanum, Juniper & Haar Accord
Peony, Geranium, Musk, Poppy & Tree Moss Absolute
Psychoterratica II possess an effervescent opening, green flourishes with sweet floral aspects and saline Ambergris.
II emerges from a bed of Tonka Bean Absolute and compounds to a lush vegetative harmony with a touch of Tree Moss Absolute.
The perfume is both fresh and rich whilst maintaining an omni-present rhizomous and a gritty aqueous swell.
Petitgrain, Lavender, Cedrat, Bergamot, Davana, Galbanum, Peony & New-make spirit accord
Vetiver, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Ambergris, Musk, Tree Moss & Tonka Bean Absolute
Psychoterratica III shows a spicier, warmer and drier tonality.
We have taken our beloved Tree Moss Absolute and drenched it with Fir Balsam Absolute.
Psychoterratica III displays multiple olfactory collisions - sensations forced together to create odd and unusual mineral flourishes.
Black Pepper, Grapefruit, Cardamom, Juniper, Elemi, Rose Absolute, Clary Sage & Mineral accord.
Myrrh, Olibanum, Guaiacwood, Oud, Patchouli, Tree Moss Absolute, Labdanum Absolute & Fir Balsam Absolute
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The word Psychoterratica was first used by sustainability Professor Glenn A Albrecht. In short, Psychoterratica is earth related mental health states and conditions, both positive and negative - how we feel in relation to the proximity (close or distant) to the natural world.
We found Prof. G Albrecht’s recent book Earth Emotions: New Words for a New World extremely interesting and thought provoking.
Albrecht and his colleagues have created an entire lexicon of psychoterratic typology which is indeed informative and provocative.