This collaboration between OLO Fragrance and Bridge & Burn started in earnest when we shared a booth at Portland Bazaar two years ago. This is when I convinced Erik that Victory Wolf and Erastus would change his life for the better. He trusted me, traded an awesome coat for the two scents and a mutual appreciation for each others work was born.
Both brands draw inspiration from the Pacific Northwest. We live in a small city but the abundance of unmarred nature surrounding us can't be ignored. Who would want to? It's so easy to head out of the city limits in any direction and find yourself in a lush forest or standing knee deep in a lavender field. With OLO, I try to bottle those elements of nature and bring them back to the city with me. Bridge & Burn creates clothing that allows you to stay in town for the day or take a quick hike in effortless style and comfort. It's all about coexisting with our surroundings instead of fighting them.
Black Lodge is meant to be like the fastest day trip ever! It starts off with the dry, slightly fruity undertones of bitter orange, unfurling into the sweet warmth of juniper berry and a herbaceous yet soft lavender. Lavender various so much depending on location and season, I decided to blend seven different lavenders to get the scent I wanted for this fragrance. The dry down opens up to bright, coniferous evergreen and birch and settles into a rich, resinous amber and labdanum. It's like spending the morning picking lavender in Hood River and the afternoon hiking Cape Lookout in the rain. What starts off as soft and dry ends up warm and animalic.
There is also, of course, the Twin Peaks reference in the fragrance name. It had to come up eventually! Many people have only seen the Pacific Northwest through the lens of that show. It definitely put this place on my radar when I was young! Motor oil, cherry pie and coffee might not really wear well on the majority of people though so I opted to stick with physical elements we encounter on the regular. However, there is that duality of the White Lodge/Black Lodge present here. The plateau and the temperate rainforests coexist as almost alternate realities of the same place. This land is magic in the realest way I've ever experienced.
Black Lodge is a unisex fragrance blend.
Main notes: bitter orange*lavender*juniper berry* evergreen*birch*labdanum
Stop by Bridge & Burn this Thursday 12/5/13 at 5:30 for the release of BLACK LODGE.