Korrigan is a perfume by one of the oldest perfume houses in the world – Lubin, which celebrated 220 years of its existence two years ago. Throughout its long and rich history, Lubin has had its ups and downs. At special moments that would later turn out to be very important and crucial, they would wake up from the hibernation they had been in for decades. They would make a perfume that, like the French Revolution from which they have sprung up, brought in a new spirit and restored people’s hope for the perfume industry’s future. One of those perfumes is Korrigan, and I am one of the people whose faith has been restored.
Korrigan is presented as the magician of the caramel forest. In mythology, korrigans are magical beings, something between elves, dwarves, and gnomes. According to legend, they inhabited forests and rivers, and they were able to change shape, move at high speeds, and even predict the future. They say that they can be seen at night in the wild, gathering juniper berries, and then, in the dark depths of the caves, distilling barley and making magical drinks, spiced with saffron, ambrette and aromatic herbs like lavender. During the solstice, everyone would gather and drink a magic potion from leather vessels and strengthen the spirit and body. These are also fragrant notes of Korrigan perfume.
However, what is important about Korrigan perfume is not the fragrance notes, but the impression it makes, or rather the experience it provides. What this perfume offers is not unthinkable before. The very idea of a gourmand, leather vetiver, reminiscent of chestnut puree with whipped cream, is fantastically done in several other perfumes, among which I would single out Etat Libre d’Orange Fat Electrician and Cloon Keen Castana. What sets Korrigan apart from the rest is the fullness of the scent and texture like no other. But how to evoke the texture of a perfume? Maybe if you imagine the difference between the creamiest, sweetest, but not too sweet, whipped cream made from completely milky delicious, sour cream, and the airy, sweetened whipped cream powder from the bag. Korrigan, and to a lesser extent Fat Electrician and Castana are whipped cream, and perfumes like Paco Rabanne Pure XS for Men are whipped cream from powder.
The perfume composition of Korrigan perfume is oriental, but it seems that it is classified here because it has to be somewhere. At its base, there are no mega-doses of vanilla and fragrant resins that are characteristic of oriental compositions, only sensual and erotic leather, wrapped in a distinctive musk that comes from ambrette and edible vetiver bourbon. From the very opening of the perfume, you have the impression that you are in a famous, centuries-old pastry shop, where for centuries, the recipes for the most exquisite cakes and pastries have not changed, something like the Hungarian Ruszwurm. Each breath is a new bite of the creamiest cake in which the essences of liqueur, cinnamon, and butter are mixed. Oh yes, this is one of the most buttery perfumes in the world. In this, Korrigan surpassed even the queen of the buttery scent — the intoxicating and thick tuberose, like Piguet Fracas. As the great culinary masters know, and perfumers often use, to fully enjoy the sweetness, there must be something that will “cut” it. In many cakes, it is grains of salt. In Korrigan fragrance, it is the aromatic, fragrant note of lavender. A perfect hedonistic pleasure, in which every breath (or better to say a bite) is a delight, and the experience is an adventure. Bon appetit![Fragrance notes] top notes: juniper berries, saffron, cognac; middle notes: lavender, ambrette, whiskey; base notes: cedar, oud, vetiver, leather, musk. [Fragrance group] oriental.
The creator of the perfume is Thomas Fontaine.