Founded in July 2016, the brand’s debut collection includes three scents based on founder Jason Lee’s favourite travel destinations: New York City, Boracay and Hokkaido.
The first, 123 Tribeca, is an intense blend comprising of petit grain, jasmine, rosemary and Brazilian rosewood. Tribeca is an upscale residential area in New York City with the 1, 2, and 3 subway lines running through it. “I visited New York City for a work trip some years back, and found that it has a zest and energy that was so unique from other metropolitan cities.”
1724 Puka, meanwhile, is a lively scent made up of lemon, orange peel, bergamot, musk and green tea. Puka beach is on Boracay island in the Philippines. “I love the powdery fine sand in Boracay, and how there’s a sweet balance between nature and civilisation there. The sun starts to set at around 5pm, and the array of colours in the sky at that time are ever so beautiful. Every sunset provides a whole new image of the island.”
The third scent, 27˚F Biei, comprises notes of orange blossom, lavender and Bulgarian rose. Biei is a town located in the Kamikawa district in Hokkaido, and is famous for its gently rolling hills of lavender and green tea. At 27˚F (-3 deg C), Biei transforms into its most beautiful winter self with an inviting layer of snow covering the hills. Says Lee: “I visited Biei with my family during my teenage years and found it uniquely romantic.”
Lee’s love for scents deepened while working at top fragrance and flavour creation company Givaudan, which is behind popular fragrances like Poison by Christian Dior, Obsession by Calvin Klein, and Opium by Yves Saint Laurent.
As a former management associate in the Swiss company, he was exposed to a whole range of processes within the fragrance industry, and scent-making was a big part of his training. “I love how scents can shape someone’s perception of you, and how it can be mood-lifting and seductive,” said the 32-year-old.
Naturally, Givaudan wanted in on Lee’s passion project and has partnered with him on this venture by providing him with cutting-edge technologies for scent creation.
His first experience in creating fragrances was for his wedding favours in 2015.
“I was inspired by the beautiful destinations and spaces that I’ve been to. And with my knowledge in fragrance development, I wanted to ‘bottle up’ the emotions and precious memories of my personal journey into scents. With that, I created a pair of fragrances for my guests. Their favourable response gave me the courage to take a leap of faith and before long, Six was born”.
The three scents are genderless.
Each scent can be worn by men and women. Said Lee: “A scent is an extension of the wearer’s personality, it can be interpreted differently by each person, based on his or her own personal journey.”
They are convenient for travel.
Its portable 20ml “twist and spray” bottle, which is $66 each, comes in a tiny matte black tube, which means that you can tuck it away conveniently into your handbag for freshening up. There is also a collectible gift box of three 3ml bottles for $26 a set.
You can also scent your home with them.
The fragrances have been repurposed as scent solutions for diffuser sticks and water-based air purifiers, so that your home can smell just as good. These are available in 250ml bottles at $60 per bottle or $50 for a monthly subscription of six months, and every purchase comes with 10 reed sticks and two glass holders.
Both SIX Fine Fragrances and Home Fragrances retail at Trixilini at Scotts Square (6 Scotts Road,#03-08/09), The Redundant Shop (9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-71/72) and Yacht 21 at Plaza Singapura (68 Orchard Road, #03-41) or online.