Size: 30ml / 1oz
Color: Eau de Parfum

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Cardamon, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Vanilla, Labdanum, Styrax, Indonesian sandalwood.

My golden spiced amber, BATAVIA was a bestseller from 2015 – 2017. I made four batches as well as an oil parfum version, which all sold out, but I was in such a frenzy to discover new scent frontiers, that I turned my back on the known, to chase after the elusive unknown. Just like a sea-faring explorer, I chased the horizon for new landscapes.

Circa 2020 …I realised that this was the very same scenario for EMBERS and BLUE LOTUS, whereby my early works have miraculously found new friends in the world, so I decided to beg forgiveness, and ask Batavia for another chance. In 2020, I released Oudh Batavia, in which I revisited the original formula, increased the clove content and added a very (very) large amount of agarwood. I wanted to conjure the arrestingly pervasive scent of kretek (clove cigarettes) and visit the dense, deep, dark, monkey-filled jungle.

Batavia 21 is a true rendering of the original formula. Its better by far than my very first blend as I’ve trimmed out all the unnecessary experimental components of my first go, so that this version is more sleek, bolder, with greater clarity in the overall composition. No citrus. No florals. No oudh in this version.

All ingredients are native to, or grown in Indonesia. Djakarta (the capital of Indonesia, on the island of Java) was once named Batavia, from the early 1600s by Dutch colonists. This perfume is not, in any way, a politically-charged, postcolonial treatise on relations between traditional Indonesian society and the impact of colonisation by the Dutch. It is merely a scented postcard of aromatic imaginings that may have been encountered by foreigners living in a vastly new and different landscape. A landscape bursting with spices, fecund with volcanic soil, persistent rainfall, intense humidity and lush tropical jungles.

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