This month we shine the spotlight on one of our most-loved, most-shopped fragrance houses - Vilhelm Parfumerie. More than a perfume, Vilhelm Parfumerie is a library. If some scents are silences, these are tales. Within identical bottles, fragrances are so many narratives that call to all senses, housed in a hefty bottle of spun glass, dressed in a saffron yellow label that nods to a piece of Bakelite found in a Parisian flea market. Northern lights and Hollywood highlights. North and South. Freshly cut grass and caressing oud. Bracing freshness and burning summer warmth. Simple pleasures and lavish times. Each fragrance is the culmination of a broad, creative and collaborative process – a rare blend of vintage and new that sparks recognition but not familiarity.
From its dynamic, innovative scents to the heritage design and timeless prints, Vilhelm Parfumerie is a nod to the past, expressed in their contemporary olfactory language and aesthetic.
Born in Sweden and now living in Paris, Jan Vilhelm Ahlgren is a polymath who leaves no stone unturned in his pursuit of a certain idea of luxury.
His style: impeccable. Tailored suits, a custom blend perfume – Vilhelm Parfumerie, of course.His lifestyle: simple pleasures and lavish times – always with friends, always with laughter.His home: Paris, Lake Como, the French Riviera but also wherever the wind takes him.
Consider him a modern Mr. Gatsby, one for whom charm and playfulness are the keys to getting ahead in life. Everything is always done with elegance, gentleness, and heart.
Shop Vilhelm Parfumerie in stores and online exclusive to Skins Cosmetics, and keep reading below to discover some of our favourites…
SKINS X VILHEM
SKINS X VILHELM, the name says it all: Skins Cosmetics and Vilhelm join forces with this exclusive perfume. The fragrance summarizes a special collaboration with the brand, a collaboration based on a shared passion for perfume. With characteristic woody notes of creamy sandalwood, combined with the warmth of burning palo santo and blooming violets and lavender, this fragrance embodies the ultimate Skins feeling.
Top : Bergamot, Juniper Berry, Black Tea
Middle : Lavender, Leather, Violet
Base : Palo Santo, Sandalwood, Papyrus
The club code... Moscow in the Eighties. An anonymous door, a coded knock, a distant beat. A rush of scent – black pepper, saffron, leather and Sicilian tangerine – a smoky, spicy promise of what is still hidden that captures the effervescent thrill of secret parties, then and tomorrow.
Top : Sicilian Tangerine, Cassis, Black Pepper
Middle : Carrot Seeds, Saffron, Black Lotus
Base : Leather, Wood Smoke, Tonka Beans
His love was a dancer whose golden skin held the scent of passion who loved tuberose more than any other flower. So he travelled the world in search of all the tuberose to fill the moon. For seven days and seven nights, the moon scattered this enchanting scent – pears, patchouli, ambroxan, orris and musk – across the universe.
Top: Passion Fruit, Bergamot Calabre, Pink Freesia.
Heart: Absolute Tuberose, Gardenia, Tiger Orchid.
Base: Veti Smoke, Tonka Beans, Marshmallow.
THE OUD AFFAIR
Burning for you... Ava Gardner and Luis Miguel Dominguin: the actress and the bullfighter, a tempestuous and passionate love a air with the heat of a thousand suns for an intoxicating scent blending wild honey, ginger butter and tobacco leaves with the warmth of agar wood and black vanilla bean.
Top : Wild Honey, Ginger Butter
Middle : Tobacco Leaves
Base : Agar Wood, Black Vanilla Bean
The triumph of London rain... A sudden shower cooling the air: the romantic smell of London after a rain-squall when water has washed away frivolity, leaving only a zesty and triumphant breeze with a soft echo of the storm. The strength of bergamot, cardamom and violet is tempered by birch tree and a dusting of patchouli.
Top : Cardamom, Calabria Bergamot
Middle : Mate Leaves, Violet
Base : Birch, Indonesian Patchouli, Vetiver
BASILICO & FELLINI
Movies with a touch of basil... The unmistakable smell of risotto bianco and a minty, peppery kick as the ultra fresh basil warms on the dish. A bon vivant who wanted to show life in all its glorious reality – people eating, sleeping and making love – Federico Fellini was said to request extra servings of this herb, rumored to be an aphrodisiac.
Top : Dragon Fruit, Basil
Middle : Violet, Wild Fig
Base : Vetiver, Green Hay
No Vilhelm favourites list could be complete without the bestselling Morning Chess. Reminiscent of Jan’s Swedish summers... Bright endless mornings in a cottage, minds battling in wit over a chessboard: the memories of Jan’s summers shared with his grandfather. The ripe, green lushness of summer on the Swedish coast, where grassy notes are light enough to hint at the evergreen sharpness of the distant winter air.
Top : Bergamot
Middle : Tuscan Leather, Galbanum
Base : Patchouli, Black Amber