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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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Lifted into Summer with i'khana

Christopher Draghi


We are proud to introduce our newest eau de parfum, i’khana, just in time for the summer.

Like its siblings, i’khana is a wonderfully complex, destination-driven fragrance. This scent takes us on a journey to the warm, turquoise waters and refreshing coastal breezes of the Florida Keys and Gulf Coast – a sensory escape to white sand beaches that dip lazily from the coconut groves into the surf.

Originating from the Choctaw language of southeastern USA meaning, “enlightened”, i’khana is a sprightly scent of layered citrus and spice notes moored by calming hues of coconut and pale musk. An ideal daytime and warm weather fragrance for both men and women.

Fragrance notes: Grapefruit rind, lime, mandarin orange, pink peppercorn, cardamom, coconut, musk
50ml bottle or sample available, 20% fragrance/vol.


Introducing, ARCADY

Christopher Draghi

The Hudson River Valley is a majestic region that has captivated the imagination and passion of artists, poets, and merchants alike for centuries. There is a gentle calm that sweeps over the rolling hills flanked east and west by imposing mountain ranges. That may be why its become a favorite get-away from “the city”; an easy, and picturesque, train ride north along the banks of the Hudson to decompress from the noise.

Nature is king upstate as the famed Hudson River School painters memorialized in vivid color in the 19th century. The vistas along the great river, whether from the mountain peaks of the Catskills or from the lawns of the patrician estates, are as Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and company captured in their tribute in oil on canvas. It’s part of what brought people then, and still today, to the famed region. And . . . it is what has inspired this new ambient fragrance.

ARCADY is an ode to those arcadian river landscapes with mellow garden florals, new mown hay, and rich woodland notes drifting effortlessly upon the golden light of a summer’s afternoon. 

Fragrance notes: New mown hay, flowering herbs, apple blossoms, water lily, oak leaves, and cypress

It's L'Officiel

Christopher Draghi

Founders, Christopher Draghi and Robert Dobay

Founders, Christopher Draghi and Robert Dobay

L’Officiel Q&A!

Source Adage Gives Attention to Detail New Meaning

The Hudson-based perfumery boasts an impressive selection of unique and alluring scents.
— Avery Felman, L'Officiel USA

It’s always flattering to receive recognition for your passions. So, when we had the opportunity recently to talk about our brand and products with the fabulous team at L’Officiel USA you can imagine our how flush we got!

Read behind-the-scenes information on our approach to fragrance making, what inspires us, and even insight to our next perfume:

Designed to be Different: source adage

Christopher Draghi

“adage” vessel ideation (2014), ©sourceadage

When designing our own line of home fragrances, we gave a lot of thought, naturally, to the various fragrance ingredients and scent inspirations that would define our brand from an olfactory standpoint but, as Creative Directors, Robert and I knew the importance of thoughtful packaging design to bring the brand to life.

One detail we were convinced of, above all, was the impact of having our own, proprietary vessel for our signature candles and reed diffusers. We were looking to create a luxury product so it seemed only fitting to go the extra mile with an object of decor vs. a standard jar or bottle.

Many sketches were penned. We discarded most and kept a few. We considered both form and function. Weighed trends vs. timeless design and how our vessel would mirror the character of our fragrances, the story we wanted to tell, and the audience it aimed to capture. Selfishly perhaps, we wanted something we could display proudly in our home or studio (not hide behind books!) and recognized a space in the market for what we envisioned. Likewise, our fragrances were destined to skew more masculine than most leaning towards woodsy, spicy, and herbaceous notes traditionally considered “masculine scents” instead of florals. That further informed our choice of material (black glass) and neo-classic character lines, eschewing flowery embellishments and patterns.

“adage” vessel pre-production render, ©sourceadage

After the necessary process of renders and prototypes, we arrived at the final vessel that our luxe collection of candles and reed diffusers have become known for. The distinctive pieces are made of hand-pressed, heavy gauge black glass, through and through. The alternating straight and concave facets and sheer weight in hand provide a rewarding tactile feel that evokes luxury. The decagonal, shield-like design draws from 19th century architectural details and succeeds in conveying a heritage-esque vibe - A perfect fit for our newly-minted “elevated apothecary” brand!

Luxe Collection of home fragrances

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)