Who is Fantôme de Maules?

A Swiss mythical character wandering the woodlands of Maules, the resurrected scent of extinct plant Silphium and a moonlit Alp cave. These are the scented stories of perfume house Stora Skuggan.

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From the beautiful interactive motion graphic by Hans Berg, Moonmilk. Experience it at storaskuggan.com.
A Swiss mythical character wandering the woodlands of Maules, the resurrected scent of extinct plant Silphium and a moonlit Alp cave. These are the scented stories of perfume house Stora Skuggan.

I find myself often writing about these niche perfume houses. I’m drawn to their craftsmanship, culture, design and beauty. A niche perfume is a product to be used of course, but that also feels like a piece of art. Who wouldn’t want one of Stora Skuggan´s bottles on display in your home?

There are quite a few “niche” houses out there by now but although many of those promote themselves as such, they aren’t really that niche. Swedish house Stora Skuggan certainly is. Remaining independent, all their products are created and produced in their Stockholm studio. Named after a beautiful place in Stockholm, Stora Skuggan have gained international success with their, so far, three perfumes.

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Just look at them.
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Fantôme de Maules by niche perfume house Stora Skuggan.

Fantôme de Maules
Bergamot, Galnanium, Coriander, Forest flowers, Lavender, Oakmoss, Tonka Bean etc. In the words of Stora Skuggan; “The setting: Maules, a small village in the french-speaking part of Switzerland, surrounded by agricultural fields and dense forests. The subject: An enigmatic being, seen by many wandering the local woodlands for the past decade, dressed in nothing but cloaked camouflage and an obsolete mask. Most likely human but one cannot be sure. Looming at almost two meters tall he seems to take particular interest in the surrounding flora and fauna. So who is Fantôme de Maules? A recluse, an outcast from society who has made a home in the forest? A survivalist preparing for the apocalypse? We will never know, because he doesn’t want us to.”


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Silphium by Stora Skuggan.

Silphium
Silphium accord, Cistus, Tobacco, Black pepper, Frankincense, Cedarwood etc. In the words of Stora Skuggan; “Silphium was the most valuable spice in the world, outshining both saffron and cinnamon. The demand for Silphium eventually became so overwhelming that it was harvested to extinction, and the taste and smell of the once greatest spice in the world were lost in time. Our rendition of this historical plant is created by researching surviving assumed relatives of Silphium, using aromachemicals (the molecular building blocks of scents) to create an accord that we feel represents what descriptions remains.”

Moonmilk by Stora Skuggan.

Moonmilk
Black Tea, Lime, Cardamom, Sandalwood and Tan leather etc. In the words of Stora Skuggan; “in Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner´s Descriptio Montis Fracti sive Montis Pilati from 1555, he chronicles his climb to the summit of Mount Pilatus, but we also get to follow him into the caves of the Alps. “At night, the moon shines into the cave so brightly the light itself seems to take form, like a mist. It gathers in the ceiling and makes the limestone stalactites glitter and gleam, dripping tears of white liquid into puddles on the rock floor that never dries. Moonmilk”.”