After 30 years of creating different fragrances for other brands, Ruth decided to launch her own brand. A brand she could create the perfumes she'd always dreamt of creating.
If you want classic and elegant with a twist, this set is for you.
Oxford is a story of discovery: it is about adventure, pushing the limits and going on a journey where anything is possible. I studied Chemistry at Oxford University and this fragrance is inspired by my time there – it was a time where I could be free to be who I wanted to be, and to discover more about what I wanted in life. Much to some people’s surprise, this fragrance does not smell of libraries and cobbled streets! It is a more daring and mysterious fragrance that I created to reflect how liberating it can be to go through a period of discovery, whenever that may be in your life.
Oxford is an oriental fragrance; the green and herbal notes (with basil, clary sage and rosemary) combine to make it an unusual oriental, with vanilla and patchouli in the base.
I launched Signature in 2010 and it holds a very special place in my heart, because it was the fragrance I worked on to launch my own brand. Until then (for around 30 years) I had been creating fragrances for other brands. I loved doing that, and still do, but I had a huge desire to create a fragrance that used some of the incredible ingredients I had discovered throughout my career, as well as to create a fragrance that was not limited by someone else’s brief. That is also why this fragrance is my ‘Signature’ fragrance, because it is my absolute favourite fragrance type (a Chypre) and it is represents freedom of expression and creativity.
Signature is a Chypre fragrance – characterised by the 4 key pillars of bergamot, rose, patchouli and oakmoss. I have combined these with top notes of blackcurrant & pink peppercorn which is what makes it unusual. I wanted to create a Chypre that was classic with a twist in Signature.
I was inspired to create Amorosa when I discovered a particular region in Italy: Umbria. The rolling green hills and white flowers you can see in the distance were so breathtaking, that I wanted to capture the exhilarating feeling I got when I was there. I fell head over heels in love with Umbria, and so the name Amorosa (meaning ‘a woman in love’) was perfect. I like to think of it as a woman in love with life, with the fragrance giving an uplifting and invigorating burst of ‘love’ to whoever wears it.
Amorosa is a floral fragrance, but what makes it surprising is the freshness of watermelon in the top, combined with white flowers in the heart. The amber notes in the base provide the rock which anchors the whole fragrance.
About Ruth Mastenbroek
I had heard a lot about Ruth before we met. Putting little bits of information together, I knew that she was incredibly knowledgable and curiously creative. I couldn't wait to meet her.
I sat in front of Ruth as she told me her story. She seemed to just radiate wisdom but also had a wonderful warmth about her. It's fair to say, I was hooked. Her journey from absolute self doubt, after being a perfumer for 30 years, to creating the first fragrance of her own brand, driven by a pure passion for her customers, was inspiring.
From small beginnings to the shopfronts of Fortnum Mason and Fenwick of Bond Street, Ruth's brand triumphed and I'm so excited for you to experience her perfume and read the story behind them. Enjoy!