At Milligram we stock some of the world’s best brands and their offerings. Yet at times there were still products we wanted that hadn’t been created — and so Milligram Studio was born! With the first release in October 2017 of notebooks, a year later the busy creative team have released diaries, desk objects, an organisation series, prints and now scent! The range includes Australian candles, essential oils, room sprays and even volcanic ‘pot pourri’ – all created in Melbourne. So we sat down with the Product Development Manager, Michelle Quinn, to learn more about the (gorgeous smelling!) new range, Sensory.
Milligram Studio’s Michelle Quinn
Why did Milligram Studio want to venture into scent?
A sensory experience is incredibly powerful. It can uplift, calm or cleanse, transport you to another time or place or transform your home or office into a sanctuary. We love exploring thoughtful ways to create experiences for our audience and the sensory collection provided a new medium to explore.
What inspired this particular collection?
The collection was built from the ground up in collaboration with a local perfumer. We are visual team and it quickly became obvious that we needed a new language to articulate our ideas (very much like wine tasting!). Nature was an excellent way to communicate with our perfumer. The final collection is inspired by Australian landscapes and experiences. Shoal by sea and coastlines, Ultra Violet by the heady fragrance of a garden in the summer heat, Overland to the bushland, Study of Trees to old growth forests and Nocturne to the expansiveness of the Australian night sky.
Milligram Studio’s Sensory candles
Milligram Studio’s Sensory interior scents
Do you have a favourite scent or products in this range?
I love the freshness of Overland. It brings me back to my grandmother’s farm in central NSW, set in bushland that extends forever. The scent runs across the entire collection but I particularly love the essential oil. All oils were blended with a chemist and each have specific therapeutic properties with Overland blended for mental clarity and uplifting.
Milligram Studio’s Sensory essential oils
Tell us a bit more about how you came to do ‘volcanic’ potpourri?
The idea of scenting ‘volcanic’ rock may seem very obscure but they are a perfect naturally formed object to carry scent. The porous surface of the rock allows a very soft scent release creating a modern interpretation of traditional potpourri. They are sold with smoke finish mouth blown glass carrier and top up fragrance. These have been a favourite with our customers so far!
If you were to select a gift for someone special in your life, which would it be from this range and why?
The glass oil burner is a special piece for me. Our designer Jack created a truly unique and beautiful shape. We tested so many variations to find the perfect balance and the result is an elegant design which works as an oil burner or tea light. By pairing with one of our essential oils this becomes gift that promotes calm and wellbeing for my friends and family.
Milligram Studio’s Sensory glass oil burner
What’s next for the Milligram Studio team?
We have just released our 2019 diaries and our first lighting and Christmas collections so it has been a busy time for us! We are loving the expansions across these new categories which have allowed us to work with so many incredible people. Our next major focus will be on organisation so watch this space.