I’m going to share a secret. When I get a box of new samples if you have a catchy name, I am going to try you sooner than others with more pedestrian ones. When I received my winter box from Nordstrom, and I ran across The Nue Co. Forest Lungs sample it was prioritized.
I spent a lot of my childhood among the Florida pines. I spent a fair amount of my adulthood hiking the mountains out west among the majestic fir trees. Whenever I was out among them there was a moment when I would stand still while taking a deep breath. The scent of the pines would fill me with the happiness I sought while walking outdoors. This is the peace which always drew me to hiking.
The Nue Co. came to my notice last year with the release of their first fragrance Functional Fragrance. Founder and creative director Jules Miller has built her full-service beauty brand around the products adding to your well-being. The fragrances are no different. Ms. Miller looks to find scents which can lessen stress. Functional Fragrance was a simple combination of green cardamom and palo santo for a meditative woody effect. Forest Lungs is the follow-up. Working with perfumer Guillaume Flavigny, Ms. Miller again keeps it simple. This time it works a little better on a fragrance level.
- Flavigny uses only a few ingredients. It starts with an accord of pine and cedar. A lot of time pine smells like a Christmas tree. M. Flavigny uses the cedar to make it more expansive. Like that scent of the forest as you walk through it. As you trek you also release the earth beneath your boots. M. Flavigny takes patchouli leavened with vetiver. The latter adds the green connectivity between the patchouli and the woods. The final little surprise is a bit of benzoin to represent the droplets of sap on the trunks.
Forest Lungs has 8-10 hour longevity and average sillage.
I don’t have many pine trees near Colognoisseur HQ. After wearing Forest Lungs I now have some of them on my desk in the sample. All I have to do is spray some on and breathe deep.
Disclosure: This review is based on a sample provided by Nordstrom.