Damn Bowfin’ Bitches, Or So We Heard | Urban Reivers Blog

Bowfin’: one of our favourite Scots words… We hesitate to use it to describe our Jacobite heroines but they probably didn’t smell that nice


Our range, REEK.  is a celebration of our heroines and heroes. Our first release, DAMN REBEL BITCHES. is inspired by Scotland’s Jacobite women. Urban Reivers first came across the tales of these brilliant but bowfin’ ladies many moons ago, as stories from our childhood. Later, we read Maggie Craig’s wonderful book Damn’ Rebel Bitches, which draws on original documents, letters and stories…. It’s an inspiration.

When it came to making our scent with artisan perfumer, Sarah McCartney from 4160 Tuesdays, we wanted to use ingredients which captured the essence of the Jacobite lifestyle, minus 1739221the odours that were natural (if unpleasant) in an era when people didn’t bathe as much as we do today. Our eau de parfum, contains hazelnuts, pink peppercorns, blood oranges, clary sage, malt and a breath of fresh air, yes that’s right fresh air, something people of the 17th and 18th centuries got plenty of as their lives were mostly rural.

Pink peppercorns are produced from a startlingly red fruit grown on the Schinus Molle tree. These were an exotic luxury in Jacobean times, and their sweet-sharp flavour gives this perfume a warmth which blends with the woody, citrus notes. The blood oranges create a luxurious feel and gives the scent a kick, similar to the clary sage which has an aromatic fragrance. And at the heart of our perfume is hazelnut, which was a staple of the Highland diet. The island of Colonsay was famous for its hazelnut colonies and this woody, rich flavour makes the perfume sing. Mix all these wonderful ingredients together and voila! A damn good bottle of perfume. We can’t wait for you to try it.

 Just a little message for today, step outside, take a breath of fresh air and be glad you aren’t bowfin’… and join our mailing list

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Damn Bowfin’ Bitches, Or So We Heard | Urban Reivers Blog

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