After two years in the making and 80 iterations only 125 ounces have been made, thus 125 bottles. Zahd is only available by pre-prder for the next 3 weeks. (UPDATE: Sold out in 24 hours). Please note that this release is also a funding exercise for Slumberhouse which I am happy to publish in support of this independant and interesting niche perfumer. Further information and full disclosure on that aspect is here.
Here is what Josh has to say about Zahd…
When creating a perfume, I find that the initial ‘on-switch’ in my brain happens when I come across a material which I find very evocative or inspiring. With Zahd, it was a fairly rare cranberry concrete which has all the beautiful facets of a fruity red note without being overly sweet or young. Cranberry has a sophisticated complexity to it which I found alluring – a mild, fruity and warm note that I began to conceptualize as the heart of a perfume. It was almost two years ago that work on this project began.
I wanted to think outside the box and find inspiration from things other than my own memories. I wanted to indulge in qualities that were unique to Slumberhouse and carried the perfume into territory that was both exotic and highly wearable. As I began creating the formula for Zahd, I realized I was subconsciously sculpting the scent to replicate how I felt crushed red velvet would smell if a fabric could be transformed into scent. I wanted something lush, opulent, alluring, completely gender neutral and ultimately mysterious. From this point I began incorporating other ideas involving heavier elements from traditional middle eastern perfumery to add both weight and complexity. Through trial and error, the necessary notes slowly revealed themselves to me.
Over the course of these two years I created roughly 80 prototypes of Zahd in my attempts to fine tune the fragrance to the smoothest, most rounded and perfected version of itself. In curating my materials palette, I realized that the addition of lotus, mysore sandalwood and an attar I commissioned specifically for Zahd had bumped this fragrance into not only the realm of excessive cost but also into being nearly impossible to replicate. Realizing that this would be a special release that I would only be able to offer in such a limited amount, it only made sense to offer Zahd for this occasion.
cranberry champaca flower benzoin plum pink lotus fir
cocoa tolu growl wine ether mysore sandalwood cherry
incense and oak to create a dark, velvety berry scent.
The perfume itself is a deep ruby red color and is concentrated at 30% to create an incredibly powerful and long lasting extrait.
Each bottle is 30ml, $US150. Once they are sold out this perfume will not be recreated.
Shipping will be in December in the new Slumberhouse bottle and packaging.
The above information was via a Slumberhouse Press Release
I have yet to smell this ‘fume but Josh is a niche perfumer that I watch with anticipation. He also publishes a blog if you are interested in his creative process. Luca Turin recently reviewed a Slumerhouse release called Norne in the first edition of his new column Message in a Bottle . Luca makes some pithy remarks about perfumery, niche perfume and Slumberhouse in his column.
I would imagine this release, Zahd, to be a great collector’s item or an excellent seasonal gift for a perfumista. Cranberry Christmas!
You can read more about Josh and his Slumberhouse dreams at the following locations: