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We are the Martians by AromAtom

We Are the Martians is our shoutout to our Take Me to Mars subscribers who are with us as we celebrate our first birthday.

It’s also a fragrant tribute to the planet that occupies half of perfumer and astrobiologist Marina Barcenilla’s time. It retains the alien, metallic and dusty smell of Mars, and combines it with the warm and comforting smells of home that astronauts may take with them on their journey. Mars changed from being a potentially habitable planet to a frozen dry one, inhospitable to life. The first humans to visit Mars will face an arid desert bathed in radiation and covered in rust.

“We Are the Martians is not your everyday perfume; it's a nod to my space science research work and not created with a commercial mindset. I would describe it as challenging and surprising because it makes you wonder what you're smelling. It has familiar notes of spices like cardamom and pepper that lure you into a false sense of familiarity and then whisk you away to an alien landscape of metallic and smoky notes. It juxtaposes the familiar and the unknown, the Earthly and the alien.” Marina Barcenilla


  • Saffron, Cardamom, Black Pepper
  • Smoke, Cold Metal, Guaiacwood
  • Frankincense, Cashmere Wood, Amber Musk

Perfumer: Marina Barcenilla, 2021

Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Parfum, Limonene

Selected and Decanted by: Hoohaa, Wadebridge House, 16 Wadebridge Square, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3AQ

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