Lyn Harris is one of Britain’s leading perfumers. She shares our belief in craft, quality and small-scale manufacture, so it was a natural fit when we worked together on Sunspel’s first ever fragrances.
Lyn created two complementary yet contrasting colognes, each reflecting different aspects of the Sunspel brand. Oak Wood (released in 2019) is inspired by nature and our English heritage, while Neroli Sun represents simplicity, freshness and freedom.
Neroli Sun is directly inspired by the classic Sunspel T-shirt. She explains: ‘For me, Neroli Sun is the Sunspel brand. Whenever I put on a Sunspel tee, it feels so effortlessly elegant – that’s what I wanted to capture in Neroli Sun.
‘I knew I wanted a happy, uplifting cologne, but Sunspel is all about impeccable detail, roundedness and balance, so I knew Neroli Sun needed to embody that. The initial inspiration was an image: a girl and a boy on a boat on a hot English summer’s day, both wearing white T-shirts. Timelessness, freedom, easiness and simple happiness.
‘Sometimes simplicity is the hardest thing. There are so many materials and creating simplicity is about knowing all the elements intimately and then making them work and become a piece of magic that people love. For me neroli is a really precious ingredient, it brings happiness. So there is cheerful neroli, sunny bitter orange and classic petitgrain, but I infused them with herbs to make the fragrance more English and characterful.’
The result is a fragrance that captures the essence of summer freedom and naturally transports you to happy places: a carefree, sun-dappled English summer perhaps, or memories of warm island breezes and Mediterranean blues.
Lyn says that Neroli Sun puts her ‘on a boat on the Mediterranean in San Rémo. That lovely coast line, clean citrus with a green coniferous breeze. Lots of sunshine to make it ooze with freshness with an interesting woody twist to bring the English tang’.
We invited some friends of Sunspel to share where Neroli Sun takes them...