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source adage is a Hudson, NY based fragrance brand. Our collections of premium home and personal fragrances are inspired by aspirational destinations and majestic landscapes. Each scent that we create is as distinct as the land that inspired them.



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Make the Season Bright

Christopher Draghi

 ph. Tim Tiedemann

ph. Tim Tiedemann

Winter has come in. Full swing and undaunted by not having reached its official date yet. But up in the Northeast, it’s nothing to be concerned about. Our skin is a bit thicker and, after all, it means the holiday season has arrived: The merriest time of year. Snow has fallen and forest greens frame entryways and wreaths hang in wait of those making their way home.

At adage, we have been busy preparing not only seasonal decorations but changing the candles burning in our Hudson, NY store with the heartier, woodsy scents - some even new for the season!

Our popular NORTH ATLANTIC and HUDSON 314 candles and diffusers are all-stars during the winter months. Now, though, there are seasonal contenders from the new apothecary candle collection; sylva and nivalis.

 Signature collection: reed diffuser and candles

Signature collection: reed diffuser and candles

 nivalis apothecary candle

nivalis apothecary candle

Our Alaska inspired c’i’aan eau de parfum is the perfect personal scent for the season. It’s a bold, “arctic meets woodlands” fragrance with bright, coniferous notes of spruce and juniper. Cool spearmint provides the sensation of winter air with tangy apple leading the perfume towards the forest-y notes of tree resins and cedar, finishing in the warmth of amber. It’s an infectiously “happy” fragrance to wear that comforts throughout the day.

 c’i’aan eau de parfum

c’i’aan eau de parfum

As not all of our fans find themselves in colder climates as the year winds down, there are a wide range of fragrance styles and notes across our collections to enjoy and share with those who made the “nice” list! Visit for information about all of our products, receiving samples, promotions, and the latest news.

Happy Holidays from the source adage team!

Immersed in Autumn

Christopher Draghi

 ph. Luca Bravo

ph. Luca Bravo

Autumn is in full swing with falling amber leaves blanketing sidewalks and lawns - and even faster falling temperatures. It’s a favorite time of year for those of us who revel in wearing chunky knits and cozying up in home with our favorite candles lit…

Being based in upstate New York, and makers of the finest scented candles available, source adage embraces the season with its own selection of premium, handcrafted, home fragrances inspired by autumn in the Northeast.


With rich notes of aromatic cedar wood, caramelized sap, tobacco, and a light smoke, source adage’s NORTH ATLANTIC home fragrance has been a best seller as it evokes a cozy, warm cabin in New England in the autumn. (available as a scented candle, room spray, or reed diffuser)

The brand’s HUDSON 314 scent is an ode to upstate New York’s rolling hillsides with cedar, oak, winter herbs, and ripe orchard fruit notes, with sweet, resiny amber as a nod to the trendy rivertown’s whaling history. (available as a scented candle, room spray, or reed diffuser)

New to the brand’s line up are the “apothecary candles”, hand-poured onsite in Hudson, NY using only 100% natural essential oils and waxes. Among the lineup is the sylva apothecary candle - a bold, forest-y scent of fragrant cedar, juniper berry, sage, and birch root notes. The birch root gives the scent an intense, mint-like punch (think, birch beer) that blends harmoniously into the wood and herb notes once lit. A scent reminiscent of fallen leaves at the banks of a mountain stream. (available as a 6 oz scented candle)

 Signature Ambient Fragrances

Signature Ambient Fragrances

 sylva apothecary candle

sylva apothecary candle

Introducing, Elevated Apothecary

Christopher Draghi

6oz, matte white porcelain jars with lid/base

In the tradition of old-world apothecaries that we came to love living in Europe over the years, we have created six new scented candle fragrances that illustrate our approach to modern day apothecary and that meet the standard of quality our clients have come to expect of our brand. We are proud to introduce the Elevated Apothecary collection by source adage. 

We hand-blend each fragrance using only pure essential oils to achieve distinct, natural scents rich in herb, spice, wood, fruit, and floral ingredients – including distillations of neroli, damask rose, geranium, ginger root, and even locally-grown cannabis CBD oil - each with its own unique wellness properties. 

The apothecary candles are all hand-poured on premises in small batches using sustainable all-natural waxes with a pure cotton wick. The custom, Japanese teacup inspired jar is made of matte white porcelain with a lid that can be used as a base.

Discover the new fragrances below:

  aestas  blood orange, geranium, ginger root   An invigorating, juicy citrus scent with sweet geranium and spicy ginger notes to energize

blood orange, geranium, ginger root

An invigorating, juicy citrus scent with sweet geranium and spicy ginger notes to energize

  altus  coriander, celery seed, artemisia, cannabis, black pepper   A gourmand scent of dried spice and resiny herb notes featuring artemisia and locally-grown cannabis CBD oil from  Hudson Hemp

coriander, celery seed, artemisia, cannabis, black pepper

A gourmand scent of dried spice and resiny herb notes featuring artemisia and locally-grown cannabis CBD oil from Hudson Hemp

  nivalis  cedar, frankincense, fir needle, wild mint   Wintery notes of fir needle and cool mint blend with cedar and frankincense for a fresh take on a holiday scent

cedar, frankincense, fir needle, wild mint

Wintery notes of fir needle and cool mint blend with cedar and frankincense for a fresh take on a holiday scent

  rosarium  damask rose, neroli, peppercorn   A sumptuous, masculine floral fragrance of damask rose, neroli, and peppercorn

damask rose, neroli, peppercorn

A sumptuous, masculine floral fragrance of damask rose, neroli, and peppercorn

  sylva  cedar, juniper berry, birch leaf   A rich, forest scent of aromatic wood, wild herb, and fallen autumn leaves

cedar, juniper berry, birch leaf

A rich, forest scent of aromatic wood, wild herb, and fallen autumn leaves

  viridis  lime, clary sage, basil   Aromatic herb and zesty citrus notes intermingle for a refreshing coastal scent

lime, clary sage, basil

Aromatic herb and zesty citrus notes intermingle for a refreshing coastal scent

Candle attributes:

6oz., 45-50hr burn rate | Custom white porcelain vessel with lid/base | Only therapeutic-grade, all-natural essential oils | No synthetics, parabens, colorants, zinc, or petroleum derivatives

Available from August 30th, 2018

Revisiting the California coast

Christopher Draghi

Mendocino coast

You never see the same place in the same way twice. That is the magic of traveling and bringing new experiences to places that, inevitably, leave their own indelible mark on your journey. If it's a place of both drama and serenity, such as California's central and northern coast, then that mark is surely drawn with strokes of giddiness and awe, alike. 

Each trail, panorama, and road shows you something new. You visit at a new time of day, the light has a different hue, and everything changes. That twisted and gnarly cypress, alone against the brunt of ocean gusts, seems a little more defiant than you remember. The sauvignon blanc-like aroma released by eucalyptus acorns, scents your drive along the coast before turning inland towards the musky, primordial mountain air infused with fern, fir, and splintered redwood.

And perhaps your purpose this time is not only to travel for travel's sake. You're on a mission to detect and catalog the sites and scents that fill the air so that you can almost taste them on your tongue. Briny marine air mixing with the wild "cowboy cologne" (aka, sage brush), blending with coastal wood notes; eucalyptus, cedar, and cypress. The bitter sweet herbs and tart citrus carried from gardens and orchards stake out their positions. You're on mission to take it all in, making mental notes, with the intention to reinterpret that location into a fragrance . . .

Introducing our new PACIFIC COAST ambient fragrance.

Bodega Head, Sonoma County

After a recent adventure through the Monterey, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, we couldn't help but be inspired to bring something new to our popular PACIFIC COAST ambient fragrance.

The new fragrance builds upon many of the original notes of lime, sagebrush, and marine ozone but in a more pronounced way. The addition of peppery basil, cypress and light coastal forest wood notes add in just the right amount of tension and raw nature to reflect the character of a region that strikes a balance between rugged and refined. Drama and serenity.

As the makers of our fragrances, we have the luxury to revisit our scents, like the regions themselves, with new perspective and experiences. After all, much like a journey itself, complex fragrances reveal new layers, new sensations and memory triggers that are highly personal. That's the magic of scent. 



This Valentine's Day Fall in Love with Hudson All Over Again

Christopher Draghi

HUDSON 314 scented candles and reed diffuser

Introducing our new, reimagined HUDSON 314 ambient fragrance

With already a few years of living in Hudson as a guide, our vision for our HUDSON 314 fragrance has evolved. Our goal with the new scent was to add in more layers that go beyond the landscapes to represent the vibrant personality and rich history of the famous river town.  

Still remaining are the natural notes inspired by Upstate like river grasses, orchard fruit, cedar, and oak moss. In addition, though, we've layered in aromatic wild herbs and sweet, resiny amber that give it both sharpness and warmth. Other than being a wonderfully rich fragrance ingredient, the addition of amber is a nod to Hudson's unique whaling history. The result is a fragrance of intermingling fruity, aromatic, and woodsy notes as intriguing as its namesake.

Available now as scented candles (2 sizes), reed diffuser and room spray.


The ART of Fragrance

Christopher Draghi

Earlier this year we received an offer we couldn't refuse...

We got a call from the assistant curator of public programs at the Williams College Museum of Art ( to ask if we'd be interested in participating in their summer series, Osmotheque. Taking inspiration from the museum's impressive collection, we were to create olfactory compositions informed by works of our choosing and then present them at the museum. It was an easy "yes" to accept the offer - and quite an honor.

 Original fragrance samples

Original fragrance samples

Robert and I visited the impressive museum for the first time shortly after to select the art works that would be the muse our creations. We purposefully chose four that represented different points of view, techniques and mediums to challenge ourselves to formulate distinct scent profiles. The artists and their works we selected were: George Inness'"Spirit of the Night", Robert Rauschenberg's"Booster", Meleko Mokgosi's"Lerato", and Edward Hopper's"Morning in a City" (the eponymous scented candle now available at the museum and at source adage).  

On August 10th we presented the art-inspired fragrances in an auditorium setting with a brief introduction to the history of fragrances, the artists and their works, and our process in developing these particular scents. We then invited the audience to explore the galleries where they would find our creations, with each single fragrance component, beside the artworks. It proved to be a powerful method to illustrate how individual notes are layered to create a final composition - much like mediums in fine art.

The Inness landscape was the most literal interpretation as a fragrance. The painting itself is very atmospheric which immediately evokes the smells of smoke, earth, wood, grass and a balmy, thick air. Woodland notes of fallen leaves, fertile earth, aromatic wood and smoke would be the pillars of this scent. 

Rauschenberg's conceptual visuals and use of mixed mediums proved to be more challenging compared to the Inness, Hopper or even Mokgosi. Still we were intrigued and let the materials inform the scent we were to compose. Ink, paper, film (X-rays), carbon all inspired a "chemical slant" to our fragrance. Here, we experimented with synthetics which seemed appropriate in capturing a detached, almost antiseptic feeling that we found in Rauschenberg's works.

In Mokgosi's work, although depicting the daily life and/or allegories of a culture that was foreign to us - literally, the shear emotional response from his "Lerato" (Love) diptych would lead us to use lush, woodsy and resin notes with just a bit of floral sweetness that spoke to the work's theme.

Hopper's painting, "Morning in a City", was more of a psychoanalytic exercise. His technique and composition renders the environments eerily still as if the oxygen was sucked out of the room. Yet, with the still figure, lost in thought, you can't help but try to assess her state of mind, what she is about to do, or has just completed. The cool, damp feeling of the room vs. the warmth of the outside world, the pale skin vs. the fiery hair. It's both serene and dynamic simultaneously. Our fragrance aimed to capture a sweet seductiveness contrasted by a slight bitter sharpness with the notes we blended. This one you can judge for yourself if we achieved our goal . . .

Our MORNING IN A CITY scented candle is hand-poured and made of a blend of soy and beeswax with a cotton wick in our custom white porcelain jar with lid/base. It is available at Williams College Museum and at our Hudson, NY and on-line store for $58. (6oz. / 40hr burn rate)

Introducing, monto'ac

Christopher Draghi

The third entry to the source adage eau de parfum collection is monto'ac.

From the Croatoan dialect of the Carolina Algonquians meaning "Great Spirit", monto'ac is an inspiriting fragrance of coastal hillside and forest floor accords.

The fragrance draws inspiration from natural elements of the region and from native American cultures: Purifying Sage notes lead the scent that dry down to native green grape, fresh tobacco leaves, musk and leather. It's a juicy summer fragrance that recalls the textures of the rolling landscape of the mid-Atlantic States that sweep from the lush green forests to the natural coastline. 

50ml bottle and Samples available online and in-store.


Midnight in the Garden of the Good South

Christopher Draghi

Audubon Park, New Orleans

"Our SOUTHERN STATES fragrance is more of a 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' meets Anne Rice South."

There is so much to love and to be seduced by in the South. And yes, orange blossoms and magnolias are part of that, but, from the onset, our vision of this fragrance was something much more mysterious. More seductive and decidedly masculine. 

The gentile South that, with all of its many charms and smiles, has a darker, sinister side. Take a walk down a side street in the French Quarter of New Orleans and you can't help but sense it. Voodoo and black magic shops. Those that tour groups aren't ushered in to. A foggy night strolling square to square in Savannah underneath the twisted, outstretching arms of the oaks and Spanish moss netting providing an eerie canopy. It's beyond suggestive. Poetic. Darkly romantic. You almost expect to step out the other side of Monterey Square in to another era completely. 

This is the spirit (and there are spirits abound in these locations!) that we aimed to capture in our SOUTHERN STATES fragrance with its intense smokey notes from birch tar, the alcoholic sweetness of bourbon with leather and musk notes that transport you to a southern parlor around midnight.

 "A social gathering in the evening where attention converges on an extrovert in the parlor; dandy in extravagance. An imbibed darker tone commandeers the senses as night falls." 

MAKE IT JOYOUS! New products just in time for the holidays.

Christopher Draghi

source adage NYC has introduced votive candles for all of the brand's signature ambient fragrances - the perfect stocking stuffer as singles or, you can mix and match 3 of your favorite votives in one box.

Also, introduced for the season are the new eau de parfums, aka'ula and c'i'aan. Each unique personal perfume is destination driven like the collection of ambient fragrances. The island spice and volcanic aka'ula inspired by Hawaii and the resin, wood and fresh arctic notes of c'i'aan inspired by Alaska. The luxurious and distinct fragrances are available in 50ml spray bottles.

source adage votive candles (above) and eau de parfums (below)

The source adage retail flagship store in Hudson, NY got a nutcracker inspired holiday makeover in celebration of Hudson's annual Winter Walk! Source adage won an award from Hudson Opera House who organizes and sponsors the annual event.

Introducing, EAU DE PARFUM

Christopher Draghi

source adage NYC, is proud to announce the debut of the first two fragrances in their destination driven eau de parfum collection; aka'ula and c'i'aan.

The unisex fragrances follow the source adage brand ethos of creating premium, distinctive olfactory compositions inspired by great American landscapes. The intriguing scents evoke a moment in time and place, harnessing the unique characteristics of each destination through a curated selection and balance of premium ingredients. 

The seemingly enigmatic name given to each of the fragrances is derived from the native languages of the regions that inspired them. It’s an homage to both the striking regional landscapes and to the rich cultures that inhabited the lands in their most natural state. 

The result is a debut of bold eau de parfum fragrances that are unmistakably “adage”:

 50ml bottle

50ml bottle

aka’ula (red sunset in Hawaiian) is an intriguingly intense fragrance of volcanic smoke and island spice accords with spicy ginger CO2 extract, vetyver and pineapple leaves. Rich, mineral earth character is accentuated with agar wood, vanilla with rich coffee and smoke notes.

 50ml bottle

50ml bottle

c’i’aan [key-on] (new moon in the Ahtna language of southern Alaska) is a complex fragrance of both warm woodland and fresh arctic accords with fragrant juniper CO2 extract, spearmint and apple notes balanced with a balsamic quality of fir, cedar and amber.