Get to Know Nancy Meiland – founder & perfumer of her personal (good!) British home

Nancy Meiland is a superb British perfumer, now together with her personal attractive boutique in Brighton; however let’s get to know her (and her scented fashion), beginning with the place all of it started…

Primarily based in East Sussex, Nancy divides her time between city and nation, explaining that ‘the artistic means of gathering sensory impressions and honing them right into a formulation is an important one. As soon as a clean canvas, the formulation sheet acts as a metaphor – and progressively emerges primarily as a sort of poem, with physique, gentle and shade and a lifetime of its personal.’ (It amuses Nancy, trying again, that she usually had essays returned to her emblazoned with ‘too flowery’ as a criticism. ‘It figures!,’ she says.)



Starting her profession as an apprentice to one of many UK’s specialists in customized perfumery, in London, creating signature scents for these coveting ‘one thing extremely particular person and particular…’ earlier than launching Nancy Meiland Parfums, her decade-long journey by way of perfume additionally noticed Nancy co-run the previous College of Perfumery, act as a guide for impartial fragrance homes, work on collaborations with Miller Harris, and converse as regards to perfume at occasions nationwide.



Now together with her personal artisanal line, she has the knack of conjuring emotional responses with lyrical fragrances which might be contemplative but so effortlessly subtle, primarily based on scent reminiscences of her personal, however inviting the wearer to go on their very own aromatic journey with each spritz.

Writing about Nancy Meiland for The Fragrance Society, magnificence author (and proud Londoner) Viola Levy as soon as admitted that ‘…Nancy Meiland’s fragrances – an ode to the great thing about nature – would make even essentially the most hard-nosed metropolis lady like yours actually need to kick off her Louboutins and go skipping and spinning by way of a meadow Julie Andrews-style. (I really feel equally in the direction of different UK perfumers impressed by inexperienced areas, there’s simply one thing in regards to the earthy, rain-sodden British countryside that lends itself relatively properly to fragrance…)

You all the time have a picture of somebody in your head earlier than you meet them. To be sincere, I used to be anticipating Nancy to be a softly-spoken, Brönte-reading nation lady (albeit a glamorous one, à la Savannah Miller), pausing our dialog to whimsically gaze into the space each every now and then. A far cry from the chatty, effervescent blonde sat reverse me – and all the higher for it. I’m stunned to seek out out that Nancy is a metropolis lady herself – a fellow North-Londoner no much less – whose fond reminiscences of visiting her grandparents as a baby impressed her olfactory journey.’

You possibly can watch an enchanting in-depth Q + A with our co-founder Jo Fairley interviewing Nancy Meiland on the video under…



And naturally you may examine every of the fragrances (and her inspirations for them) plus the complete story of the how the home started, on our web page devoted to Nancy Meiland Parfums.

So-knowledgeable, all the time partaking, we’re thrilled Nancy now has the scented house to expertise the perfumes in particular person – properly price a go to to the seaside to go by yourself mini sniffari to hunt them out!

Nancy Meiland Parfums, 2 Nile Road, Brighton, BH1 1HW
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am – 4pm (Saturdays 11am – 5pm)

Written by Suzy Nightingale