Novel Idea: How a Book Inspired a Fragrance

The latest scent from Nest Fragrances was inspired by an unlikely source: a novel

Novel Idea: How a Book Inspired a Fragrance

Source: Best Health magazine, September 2015

After picking up a book before boarding a long-haul flight, Nest Fragrances founder Laura Slatkin was inspired to create her latest must-have scent, Verde. So what was the riveting read? Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2013 novel, The Signature of All Things, a 19th-century tale about a young female botanist who delves deep into the mysteries of the natural world. Fitting, since all of the personal fragrances in Slatkin’s collection were also inspired by the artwork of 18th-century British artist Mary Delany.

The fragrance itself smells like something you would find in a greenhouse ‘ it’s uniquely herbal and fresh with verbena leaves, woody Himalayan cedar, wild fern and vetiver. It’s classified as a modern fougère ‘ a type of scent usually reserved for men ‘ but one whiff of this luxe spritz and we have a feeling you won’t be in the mood to share.

Nest Fragrances Verde EDP, $78 for 50 ML; Available at Sephora and

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