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    Filigree & Shadow

    Perfumer James Elliott in his fragrance studio standing behind a white display table of his fragrances
    Photo: Patrick Sand

    Our Story

    Welcome to Filigree & Shadow, where the art of fragrance meets innovation. Founded in 2013, the name Filigree & Shadow emanates from a twice-borrowed reference to the song by Fever Tree.

    I am James Elliott: the Nose (le nez) and self-described “Supercollider” of this fragrance house. I am a self-taught perfumer with a passion for crafting exquisite scents that captivate the senses and tell a unique olfactory story. My fragrance journey began in 2011, fueled by an insatiable curiosity and a love for the intricate world of perfumery.

    In December 2015, I took my first steps into the world of perfumery, releasing my inaugural collection of natural perfumes. It was a moment of personal triumph and marked the beginning of a fragrant adventure that has continued to evolve.

    Pioneering Natural Perfumery

    In February 2016, I introduced my creations directly to the public, and it didn’t take long for fragrance enthusiasts in Seattle to take notice. In 2017, the late Robert Herrmann, a respected fragrance critic who reviewed perfumes for ÇaFleureBon, described my natural perfumes as “ethereal and complex,” recognizing my ability to stand out in the industry.

    Pushing Boundaries with Synthetics

    In 2018, I expanded my horizons by incorporating synthetic and natural materials into my fragrances. This innovative approach garnered the attention of Fragrantica editors and further solidified my commitment to pushing the boundaries of scent creation.

    A Shift Towards Accessibility

    In 2020, I made a significant change by transitioning to water-based perfumes. This shift was driven by a desire to create affordable fragrances that could be enjoyed by people around the world without the shipping restrictions often associated with alcohol-based perfumes.

    Our Commitment

    At Filigree & Shadow, I am committed to crafting fragrances that not only smell beautiful but also tell a story. My journey has been marked by creativity, innovation, and a dedication to producing scents that resonate with individuals everywhere.

    Thank you for joining me on this fragrant adventure. I look forward to sharing my passion for perfumery with you and the world.

    My Ethos

    95% of packaging (bottle included) can be recycled

    I also give you a promo code toward your next purchase when you send back the bottle for recycling.

    Certified Cruelty-Free and Vegan by PETA

    My products do not contain any animal ingredients, and I never test on animals.

    1% of sales donated to STAY Animal Rescue

    I believe every animal deserves a forever home. Your purchases help support (re)uniting families.

    We pay Real Rent to the Duwamish Tribe

    I acknowledge that I am on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe.