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EX Nihilo Idle Hour New Fragrance: Contemplating Light and Shadows

The French house of Ex Nihilo has released a new fragrance, Idle Hour. This will be the brand’s 9th release of the year, which is rather impressive for a smaller house.

EX Nihilo Idle Hour
EX Nihilo Idle Hour

Idle Hour is inspired by a retreat in sunny California as the night encroaches and casts a shadow upon everything it touches. A contrast of bergamot and ylang-ylang that represents the sun’s radiance is met with dark akigalawood and incense to cast its shade of darkness on the composition. Woody cedar and tonka bean add nuance to the blend with the fiery spark of pink pepper. The perfume is one of Ex Nihilo’s collaboration projects with Amanda Charchian.

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Perfumer: Jordi Hernandez – A self-taught perfumer who enjoys being inspired by his native Spanish landscapes to create his unique works of art.


Top – Bergamot, Incense, and Pink Pepper

Heart– Cedarwood, Ylang-Ylang, and Iris

Base – Akigalawood, Tonka Bean, and Musk

EX Nihilo Idle Hour

Idle Hour is hours in a dark gradient bottle that goes from light at the bottom to black at the top, which is a nod to the inspiration of light giving way to night. The fragrance name is in a brownish orange test on the front. A silver cap with a hatched pattern is affixed to the top of the bottle. It is available on the Ex Nihilo website with a price of $350 for 100ml.