Skandinavisk was started by a curious English chap, Shaun, who fell in love with a blonde Scandinavian gardener and never left. He was joined by a second English emigrant, Gerry, who shared his love for Scandinavia and a Danish designer, Line, who captured their combined experiences and translated it all into our distinctive design DNA.
Trading since 2013, our home and body fragrance collections are inspired by almost 20 years of travels across the Nordic region. We create subtle, refined scents based on aspects of Scandinavia we consider to be precious to the inhabitants and exotic to the outside world, and we blend them with colour, symbols and a single local word rich with meaning to create unique impressions of Scandinavia.
Living Scandinavian is not just which part of the world you come from, it’s also how you think, how you treat others and the nature that surrounds you, and what you treasure. We believe a more Scandinavian approach to life offers a blueprint for a better future in a world that’s forgetting how to listen to quieter voices.
Imagine a great land hidden at the end of a long rocky track. A land populated by silent forests, silvery lakes, secluded islands and mountains of snow. Where nature dominates and seasons dictate.
A land larger than Germany, France and Italy but one-tenth of the people. With more boats and bicycles than those owning them, and a border to continental Europe just sixty kilometres long.
This is a land that has plotted its own course, shaped a different way of living over centuries. Where community, consciousness and timeless values of trust, equality, respect thrive.
Where its inhabitants place the greatest priority on life balance, on fellowship, family and friends, and on everyday moments of shared happiness.
Romantic? Idealistic? We think not.
And it’s something everyone should experience.
Our Next Generation product collection is more local, natural, organic, ethical and responsible.
Wax from the fields
The base for our candle wax is extracted from the oil of the yellow rapeseed fields of Sweden.
Glass for keeps
Our new candle glass is larger and more durable for better heat protection and longer life. The glass is made in the EU, contains up to 30% recycled materials, and is dishwasher-proof for more reuse options once the wax is finished. The engraved beechwood lid is FSC-certified.
Plastic from plants
Our recyclable bottles and tubes are made from renewably sourced bioplastics or from 100% recycled plastic.
Boxes from the forest
Our packaging card is responsibly sourced from Swedish forests and FSC-certified.
An Englishman, a French perfumer
and a Danish gardener go exploring
throughout the corners of Scandinavia,
and capturing its bounty,
for fragrance inspiration.
THE PROCESS OF CREATION
While we are not perfumers, we like to think of ourselves as educated ambassadors of Scandinavia. We always aim to create the most authentic fragrance impressions of the Scandinavian region as possible – a region few understand in olfactory terms and a region of limited relevant industry history.
We start by identifying an aspect of the region, a theme, that is both precious to its inhabitants and exotic to the outside world.
We are aided by two important people:
Firstly, our gentleman French perfumer, who helps us interpret that theme through a combination of artistry and chemistry. He regularly visits Scandinavia to build his own understanding of this region; we cycle in Copenhagen, swim in Swedish lakes, explore the Norwegian fjords, and trek through the forests and coastline together.
Secondly, the Danish gardener, who grew up in Sweden and spent her summers in Norway, and has had a passion for gardening since early childhood. She knows how and what to plant in soils that freeze and seasons with short amounts of sunlight. She helps us understand the theme, what grows there and when, and – more often than not – we go visit.
Our Copenhagen garden is also a constant source of experimentation and inspiration with more than one hundred and fifty rose varieties growing alongside a cornucopia of temperate flora, and a special new section reserved for growing scented Nordic wildflowers from seeds.
As a Certified B Corporation
we are legally required to consider
the impact of our decisions on our people,
our customers, our suppliers,
our community and our planet.
The power to B
We support B Lab’s recent declaration of a climate emergency at the COP25 Summit in Madrid, and we join more than five hundred other B Corps around the world in committing to net zero emissions by 2030.
To calculate the carbon impact of our Next Generation product collection we have partnered with the City of Copenhagen and their ‘Sustainable Baseline’ program to look at further ways to reduce or offset our footprint. As Copenhagen is aiming to be the world’s first carbon-neutral capital by 2025, the pressure is on for us to beat our own declared commitment by five years. We like a challenge.
What have we stopped doing?
We have stopped using palm oil, soy, paraffin, beeswax, virgin plastic vessels and cellophane wrapping, and we have never used parabens, phthalates, silicones or microbeads. With the exception of microbeads, which are illegal in the EU, it is not for us to pass judgement on the other ingredients as they can be used responsibly. We just choose not to use them.
Skandinavisk is exclusively distributed in the USA by Cie Luxe Brands. We continue to search countries near and far, always with open eyes and mind, knowing that the next great product may be just around the corner. Cie Luxe works closely with Skandinavisk, whose passion and devotion to quality reflect our unwavering commitment to excellence. We strive to bring old world values of craftsmanship to modern marketplaces.