THE STORY

The Baltic.

The freedom of the open sea.

Amber, the gold of the shoreline.

Forests. City. Tobacco traders & tanneries. 

 Plum, honey, saffron.

Golden warmth. Leather, sandalwood, earth.

And ambergris - the mystery of the dark deep sea.

Says creator Nick Steward: “Poland is a country close to my heart. I admire the character of the people and the place: strong, warm-hearted, independent-minded. That’s the emotion I wanted to conjure up with this perfume. Gdańsk is a beautiful and memorable city on the Baltic – famed for its amber and its intrepid history of seafaring. I wanted to pay tribute to this city with its surprising and fascinating history.”

In perfume-making, we don’t literally use amber (the golden fossilized plant resin) -: amber is a style of fragrance, composed with a number of ingredients such as labdanum, benzoin and vanilla. My twist on this amber fantasy is to marry it with ambergris – of sperm whale fame, found washed up on shorelines – another mysterious and intriguing material, with which amber is often confused.

THE PERFUME

Gdańsk, the perfume, is an exploration of mysterious ambergris, of sperm whale fame, and the fantasy accord we know as amber

Perfumer: Julia Rodríguez Pastor

The perfume notes:

  • Warm and spicy in the opening, with plum, honey, cardamom, nutmeg and saffron
  • A rich, woody heart with leather notes, cistus absolute, sustainable sandalwood oil from New Caledonia, patchouli, and incense resinoid – with a light touch of rose
    • And a deep, earthy, smoky ambery base of tobacco absolute, cypriol, styrax (liquidambar), vanilla, musks and ambergris ( we use a plant-derived substitute, no animal by-products )

    THE MAKERS

    For the creation of the Gdańsk fragrance, founder Nick Steward worked with Julia Rodríguez Pastor, of eurofragrance, who lives and composes perfumes in her home city of Barcelona.

    Says Nick “I knew that Julia had a link to Poland and had visited Gdańsk – so was interested in her outsider’s perspective on the place. And her olfactory style is warm, big-hearted – with a great expertise and feel for amber and ambergris – so that was the start of this journey of exploration together!”

    Adds Julia “When I visited Gdańsk I was genuinely surprised by the city - and the place amber resin has in the history and culture there. In perfumery, we tend to think of the ambery style as linked to the Middle East, so I was excited when talking to Nick that we could explore my favourite style of accord – amber – in a new way, and play with this style of perfume-making in an expected and novel way.”

    Gdańsk by GALLIVANT is compounded in Barcelona, Spain and then hand-finished in England, in a genuinely artisanal, small-batch, human process. 

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    Fortnum & Mason Exclusive

    Ta'if parfum

    Ta'if by GALLIVANT, a new parfum created exclusively for Fortnum & Mason

    This parfum is available exclusively at Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly. You can't order this on our web shop. Thank you

    the story

    Inspired by the beauty of
    Ta'if - the fabled City of Roses in Saudi Arabia. 

    Cool crisp air, sand-coloured buildings, the raw splendour of the wadis and mountains of the Hijaz.

    A place where nature, history and culture join together in this gem of the Saudi Kingdom.

    Founder,Nick Steward says:

    “Having studied Arabic myself and with an explorer’s spirit
    and curiosity, I was intrigued by the etymology, the origin of this particular city’s name: Taʾif (in Arabic: اَلطَّائِفُ), coming from the root ط و ف, which translates as ‘wanderer’ or ‘roamer’.

    That felt very apt for us here at GALLIVANT."

    Nick continues,

    “With this journey to Ta’if, I wanted to celebrate the beauty of the location, this highland haven, and the incredibly rich history of the region – not least its storied rose.”

    “And in a nod to Fortnum & Mason’s mix of tradition and modernity, we wanted to marry these iconic roses, this floral perfume heritage from the region, with a contemporary twist of clean, sparkling modern musks ...”

    the parfum

    The scent consists of a spicy opening with saffron and pink pepper, which are married with a delicious date and honey accord.

    Heart notes celebrate the iconic Ta’if rose, with cypriol and olibanum while the rich, opulent base is constructed around amber, gurjum, patchouli, and musks.

    The maker

    For the creation of the Ta’if parfum, founder Nick Steward worked with perfumer Angéline Leporini – who started her career with famous Master Perfumer Michel Almairac, after studying at the ISIPCA perfumery school in France.

    After a holiday to the Middle East aged 17 years old, Angéline decided to enter the world of perfumery.

    “I first visited a factory that distilled essential oils from roses, a raw material I fell in love with. So that memory has always been there, expressed throughout my perfumery creations.”