In 2016, perfume connoisseur Lyn Harris set out on a perfumery pilgrimage through Portugal, Claus Porto’s motherland. Spurred on by the rich and eclectic culture, she gathered scents and inspiration en route, resulting in the brand’s signature fragrance to mark its 130th birthday.

This wasn’t the end of the story though; Claus Porto has just unveiled the follow up collaboration with Harris and her finely tuned nose, and once again, it fails to disappoint. Revisiting her partnership with the creative director, Anne-Margreet Honing, the duo has composed a quintet of distinctive colognes for Agua de Colonia, collectively embodying the cross-seasonal spirit of the country.

Back in her London studio, Harris – creator of Miller Harris and Perfumer H – mulled over the possibilities of these five scents, reminiscing and channeling her excursion through the pine forests of Comporta, into the citrus groves of Porto and across the beaches of the Troia peninsula.

Packaging design, Claus Porto and Lynn Harris collaboration 2018

Aqua Vetiver encapsulates the delicate ocean breeze billowing through the parched Alentejo Region air; a hit of Bergamot and weighty Haitian Vetiver, tempered with a warm amber base.

Agua Geranium has notes just as exotic as its deep scarlet packaging. Harris has infused this fragrance with a hint of home comfort, unearthing the ‘English side of Portugal’, stirred by the medley of Geranium breeds in Lisbon’s Jardim Botânico.

Marrying Harris’ signature clean, minimal lines with Claus Porto’s rich Belle Époque and art deco roots, each fragrance is encased in sophisticated, colour-distinctive cylindrical containers, with a finish that aptly speaks of antique passports.

Nostalgic, heterogeneous and upheld by a charming narrative, the new Agua de Colonia collection signifies a passage, and another fruitful chapter for Lyn Harris and Claus Porto – we’re eagerly awaiting a whiff of what’s brewing next. §