This is a new line of contemporary fragrances by UK perfumer and tattoo artist Freddie Albrighton. The inspiration is memories and nostalgia... teenage romance, love and loss, family, adventure, life. Each perfume is deeply personal and relatable; a dreamscape of colour and texture, wearing on your skin like hazy, distant memories.
Mabel’s Tooth is an amber vanilla fragrance that launched in 2021 and was named after a family dog who favored a piece of Albrighton's Dad’s Christmas toffee as a treat. The day she died, they placed a piece on her tooth to soothe her as she passed on. A tobacco fragrance subtly enhanced with gourmand accents that never ends up as foody paired with warm woods and skin-like musks that keep the sweetness at a muted level. It is a second-skin fragrance that envelops in soft, bittersweet comfort.
Mabel's Tooth features notes of honey, cereal, coffee, hazelnut, toffee, tobacco, woods, leather, immortelle and dried fruits. It is an eau de parfum, edp.
Freddie Albrighton Mabel's Tooth Reviews
Colognoisseur: I have been enjoying spending time with this fragrance because I’ve found something new with each experience. It is the most complex of these first three. A mesmerizing ride each time. It opens with the fizz of aldehydes circling a cup of hazelnut flavored coffee. Except this coffee has been in the carafe for a few hours. It has a pronounced bitterness which the hazelnut barely touches. Next comes an overstuffed heart of foodie ingredients. A sticky caramel, the maple syrup of immortelle, a stewed fruit accord, and the golden animalic purr of honey. This is where Mr. Albrighton convinces me of his skill. This would be a difficult balancing act in any perfumer’s hands. What I find pleasing is Mr. Albrighton doesn’t really try to tamp down any of these ingredients. Instead he looks for a place where they can converge. The middle phase of this is so much fun. This is where I got lost in his vision. I was so enthralled, it takes the base notes of cedar and animalic musks to bring me back. Mr. Albrighton has shown himself to be another independent perfumer for whom creativity is his guiding principle. It makes for fragrances which provide an honest perspective.
Fragrantica: So this immediately appealed to me because of the name. A smell with 'tooth' in the name conjures the dark and decayed rather than a pristine, titanium white, wall of enamel. So this fragrance is quite the intriguing blend, to say it's a gourmand is a little reductive and far too simplistic. If I said 'Pissy treacle toffee' to you...what would you think? I know, I know, but in a GOOD way! This has that blackest, black of treacle, such it's sweet but it's not cloying, there's a depth to it. The mild pissiness is like a trace of shangrilide musk or something natural perhaps in here giving me that impression but it's so subtle, it just adds more animal warmth, doesn't detract from the overall coziness. It has a kind of arid, witches broom, sweeping leathery immortelle in the mix. I really like it. It's complex original, it's not light and doesn't feel too finessed (although it probably was over a long time) that's not a criticism either, rawness is a virtue. Mabel's Tooth is all about bass hum, although it does have some spikiness when initially sprayed, which I assume is from the aldehydes mentioned.
The Sniff.com: If you’ve got a sweet tooth, perhaps like Mabel, then you are going to love Mabel’s Tooth. Dry, a touch oily and nutty at first, Mabel’s Tooth begins with a faint bitterness like those husky skins of hazelnuts. There’s also a radiant shine to the composition which made me think of burnished woods, all ambery and silken. Further down into the composition the fragrance becomes sweeter and sweeter, becoming sticky toffee but also flecks of coffee and vetiver depending on how you catch it. It’s warm, comforting, cozy and nostalgic all at once. Like you are stepping into a place of safety, warmth and relaxation. The projection and longevity of Mabel’s Tooth are quite impressive. It lasts all day on my skin and envelops you in a cloud of comforting sweetness.