Not a merger or even a joint venture company, but a business collaboration to provide the DIY perfumery market with a great source of synthetic materials in small quantities.
Hermitage has been the home of rare and unusual naturals for years but as of today offers over 100 synthetics as well - 55 have been added to the site in the last week - and there are many more to come.
Part of the idea is to ensure that we offer every ingredient identified by the collective wisdom of the Basenotes DIY community as an 'Essential Ingredients For Fine Fragrance' (the link goes to the relevant thread). As I write this all the materials identified as belonging in the first two orders are available, and I think that's the first time it has been possible to get them all from one place. We plan to have everything for orders 3 and 4 before the end of the year.
Another aspect of the mission is to offer a selection of the most interesting and difficult to obtain items that normally can only be obtained in large amounts or from specialised suppliers who don't sell to the amateur market. There are many wonderful materials that we'd love to be able to make available and we're open to suggestion - so feel free to say so here or to either of us direct if there is something you've been wishing you could buy but can't. No promises, but if we can help, we will.
As I write there are already ingredients stocked that are, so far as I know, not available anywhere else in Europe or even the world, in quantities of less than a Kg.
You'll find the full range of synthetics now offered on the Hermitage Oils website in the Artisan Perfumery tab. Part of my role is to write about the material from the perspective of a practicing artisan perfumer - someone just like you - so that you can find out enough about the material to know whether or not to buy even where you may be unfamiliar with it.
Many of you will know that I've been a customer of Hermitage in the past (still am for many naturals) and I want to be clear and transparent about the relationship: I choose which synthetics, provide the write-up and source the materials.
I have no involvement whatever with the naturals side of the business except as a customer: so my thoughts on those are as unbiased and independent as possible considering I count Adam as a friend. I can't say the same about the synthetics: they are my choice of material and source, so naturally I think they are the best, but I wouldn't want anyone to be in doubt that I have a financial interest so am not an unbiased observer.
I longed for such a source when I was starting out and I hope many of you will find it of value.
Finally I should just note here that I've been in touch with Grant for a few weeks as plans have developed and have his blessing for the announcements I'm now making.