MadHat Scents is a great line of fragrances that I found through Basenotes. I originally purchased a couple of Ryan's scents just for myself but fell so in love that I wanted to share them with all of our customers!
Ryan's mission was to create a unique fragrance experience for his customers while creating scents that could not be found anywhere else. MadHat Scents began as a one man personal project to create scents that were not available in both niche and mainstream markets. Initially he had no intention of selling his fragrances - they were created just for himself and a few friends. After realizing the increasing demand for all things different, stemmed from an uprising in artisan perfume houses using high quality ingredients and increase in department store duplicates, he chose to make them available in limited releases. He created 600ml batches of his scents (all extraits created at 30%) and when they were gone, they were gone. His scents would actually sell out in about two months and new fragrances were released shortly after he had run out of a scent. Sometimes he would choose to release similar scents at a later date depending on demand but they all would have a different dimension. Sadly, Ryan has decided to stop making his fragrances for the time being.
Jour et la Nuit is Ryan's interpretation of an old-school animalic-chypre fragrance based on perfume blends from centuries ago. He consciously chose to leave out both patchouli and bergamot after reading that 17/18th century chypres were more resinous in nature. He said call it an animalic-chypre or not, but it is his interpretation of what he thinks a chypre would have smelled like during the French revolution. He said if you were to stumble upon a dust covered perfume cask in a castle somewhere in France, this is how he pictures the fragrance smelling...mossy, warm-amber, slightly smokey, animalic and resinous. He added vintage civet tincture at the last minute and feels that the perfume really benefited from the addition. Vintage civet is much more smooth and animalic than the synthetic. Jour et la Nuit features notes of blood orange, vintage civet tincture, musk, leather, labdanum, woods, oakmoss and resins.