Perfumer Nathalie Lorson must surely have had Marc Jacobs’ Bang (Yann Vasnier, 2010) in mind when composing Tundra, so similar are the two fragrances. Both essentially consist of a peppery cedar wood accord contrasted with elemi.
Bang was unique, containing a true overdose of pink and black pepper, as well Givaudan’s Pepperwood molecule that helps extend the effect of these rather volatile ingredients. I suspect many consumers found it just too sneeze-inducing though and for such reasons, Mme. Lorson was more restrained in her dosing. Instead, it seems, she accented the elemi, whose citrusy limonene provides a brighter counterpoint to the dark spices. Come the dry down, and Tundra remains on familiar territory, blending musks and woody-ambers with a prominent, powdery, Evernyl / Veramoss-type oakmoss replacer.
Nose: Nathalie LorsonHouse: Rouge Bunny Rouge
Release date: 2014
Notes (per Fragrantica): Bergamot, laurel, juniper, nutmeg, elemi, violet, cedar, musk, vetiver, pink pepper, moss, grass.