Vintage Novel

Darren Alan Perfumes

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Perfumers take months or years to create the perfect work of olfactory art...most of the time. But sometimes perfumers stumble upon happy accidents.


This is the unicorn that is Vintage Novel.


I set out to create a different take on the classic Rose-Saffron-Oud accord. And what I ended up with was a bombastic citrusy-rose opening with a stirring orchestra of base notes...waiting to explode and adding another aspect of fullness and complexity to this crescendo of a moment. But it toys with makes you wait...and then it blooms into a resonant wave of spices, honey, tobacco, resins, agarwood & vintage Mysore Sandalwood.


As it dries down, the perfume transforms into a vintage book from an historic, musty library. Yes, we all know that brittle & dusty smell of the card catalog. You are left with an insanely long drydown of old musty books, murky ink, and leather bindings which crunch when opened...releasing a flurry of crumbled glue chips on the freshly polished hardwood table. Close your eyes & enjoy....


CONCENTRATION: Extrait de Parfum, 30%
GENDER: Unisex
FRAGRANCE TYPE: Abstract-Rose-Oud


50mL (1.7 FL OZ) Luxury Pochet Glass Atomizer
10mL Glass Travel Atomizer
2.25mL Sample (approx. 30 sprays)


TOP NOTES: Taif Rose Essential Oil, Taif Rose Absolute, Bergamot, Lemon


HEART NOTES: Saffron, Spices, Tobacco (Nicotine-free), Vanilla Bean Tincture, Tonka Bean Tincture


BASE NOTES: Sandalwood (S.album), White Ambergris, Egyptian White Musk, Indonesian Agarwood (Oud) Tincture


EXTENDED DRYDOWN: Old musty library books, aged paper, ink, dust, mildew, linseed oil-polished hardwood, damp basement, vintage leather bindings


NOTE: When sampling, please spray on skin. Due to the high percentage of natural ingredients in this fragrance, you will not be able to experience the full complexity & development of this fragrance if simply sprayed on a paper blotter. 


Natural Perfume may appear slightly cloudy at times or particulate may be visible floating in the bottle. This is normal for perfumes containing high quantities of natural resins & waxes. I filter my natural perfumes multiple times before bottling, but due to changes in temperature & aging, a small amount of sediment may appear over time. This does not negatively affect the performance of the perfume. In fact, these natural waxes & resins are highly scented aromatic materials that will melt into your skin when applied, giving the perfume an enhanced richness & longevity. Enjoy!






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  • 5
    Vintage Novel

    Posted by Amira Meyer on 18th Aug 2022

    First full bottle that I have purchased. I LOVE this perfume., as does my husband. Super easy to wear but not bland by any means. Just gorgeous. Next purchase is Chypre no. 1 then Sacred smoke. Got three samples with full bottle. Cupid’s bow... loved after first 5 minutes. Initial blast of chocolate is not for me but after that it’s lovely. Hekate is too strong for me but very nice none the less. I use sample to scent our house! After the rain reminded my husband of his childhood in anew Zealand and a particular kind of grass. Amazed that a perfume can conjure such a specific memory. This is an astonishing brand, well worth exploring.

  • 5
    For the Book Lovers out There!

    Posted by Sara on 22nd Nov 2021

    I know there is actually a market out there for people who love the smell of an old library! Old leather-bound books, well-worn pages, polished wooded tables and chairs...Vintage Novel brings this feeling to life on your skin! But, if that sounds odd to some - I assure you, this one is a pleasure to wear with a large note in it actually being Tea Rose...Well done!