Our journey of following and finding the perfect scent began a few years ago, when we explored various sources in India to find the most sustainable and natural scents and potions. It took us a couple of years of research to finally be able to bottle these stories –that begin in herbs and flowers but become personal to the one that wears them.
Fragrance, like music, has the power to trigger a memory and transport us to a different time, era, mood, and experience. That’s the power these bottles hold.
Natural ittars and ouds are a part of Indian history and culture since time immemorial. Hrisikesh fragrances –Organic, artisanal, and handcrafted—make you own a part of that history.
The name Hrisikesh comes from a place in India near Haridwar, by the banks of the Ganga. For Indians, Ganga is not a river, but a goddess who has seen generations of human stories unfold on her ghaats. She’s both a witness and a purifying presence, and Hrisikesh is a place, where many souls have found both peace and home.
Hrisikesh fragrances through their different moods – Bahaar, Chamak, Nirvaana— also aim to help you find that core, that essence, that happiness, and maybe home.
Oh, and did we mention, they smell absolutely divine.
Fragrance of India
Attar and the art of natural perfumery have been a part of India for more than 60,000 years. We find mentions of fragrance and perfume in the olden Indian epics and texts. The kings would begin their day with fragrance, and it has always been a part of deity worship as well.
According to ‘Agni Purana’, royals would take bath with over 150 varieties of fragrances. The consumption of fragrances was also enormous in the chambers. A large number of men and women were engaged in preparing fragrances amongst whom the woman numbered the most; these women were called Gandharika and the fragrances were known as ittar.
The earliest record of perfume-making in India can be found in the “Bri- hat Samhita”, an encyclopaedia authored by the philosopher Varahamihi- a 6th-century Indian astronomer, mathematician, and an astrologer who lived in Ujjain.
Fragrance has been considered as both a language of love and devotion in Indian culture.
Distilled from natural botanical sources, 'Hrisikesh' is an attempt to add to the long Indian tradition of perfumery.
These fragrances are essential oil based, organic, alcohol free and safe for children and pregnant women. (We do encourage an allergy test though).
They are not only in sync with nature as some are better suited to some seasons, but can also compliment your ayurvedic body makeup.
Hrisikesh is as much a story about the senses as it is about the soul. As all things Indian, it’s a story of flowers and herbs that continue to live on in these potions — natural, organic, artisanal — and then through the wearer and their stories. Like all things Indian, Hrisikesh is soulful, personal, and immortal. It lives through time, through you, through me. Let’s celebrate that continuity, let’s celebrate the essence of the Indian way of life.