Australian Private Reserve (APR) came and went over the course of about 3 years or so.  In that time it got a lot of international attention for an Australian shaving artisan.

See Part One for the ‘origin story’ and details of the very early scents.

See Part Two for the early phase of commercial operation and the scents involved.

Then Part Three covers the remainder of 2017.

Following on, Part Four covers the major released in 2018.

This post wraps this series up and focuses on the scents in the limited edition (LE) and collaboration releases from APR, mainly in late 2018 through to mid 2020.

Noble Otter / APR TEXAUS

TEXAUS LE Collaboration

Released in September 2018

Collaboration with Noble Otter.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Australian Sweet Orange & Black Currant
Heart Notes: Petitgrain, Cedarwood, Lavender, Plumeria & Ivy
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Oakmoss, Patchouli, White Musk, Animal Musk & Vanilla

February 2019 LEs

In February 2019 Australian Private Reserve (APR) released two additional LEs as described here.

Fougère Trois (Soap/Aftershave Splash/EdP)

This was a third year anniversary LE.

Top Notes Include: Lavender, Bergamot, Clary sage, Petitgrain
Heart Notes Include : Geranium, Heliotrope, Rose, Orchid, Carnation
Base notes Include: Oakmoss, Tonka, Musk, Vanilla, Hay

In addition, APR released:

Torchwood (Soap/Aftershave Splash/EdP)

Top Notes Include: Cedar Atlas, Dried Apricot & Black Plum
Heart Notes Include: Texas Cedarwood, Rosewood, Mahogany, Tobacco, Teak & Leather
Base Notes Include: Sandalwood, Civet, Hyrax, Patchouli & Animal Musk​

APR Haru

Without a lot of fanfare, May 2019 saw the release of another LE –


We are proud to present ‘Haru’ our Exclusive for the Spanish Shavers Facebook Group!

Top: Bergamot, Neroli, Lemon & Mandarin

Heart: Petitgrain, Rhubarb, Lavender, Geranium, Red Thyme, Texas Cedarwood & Dama de Noche

Base: Yerba Mate, Patchouli, White Musk & Sandalwood

September 2019 Releases

This was a busy month for releases!


Collaboration with Storybook Soapworks

Shaving Soap by Storybook Soapworks and Aftershave Splash and EdT by AP Reserve.

Carnivale is an autumnal fragrance of warm spice, rich woods, brandy , plum, jazz cabbage, apricot, Amalfi Lemon and a great deal more.

Jungle Warrior

Another collaboration with Noble Otter

Shaving Soap, Aftershave Splash and EdT by Noble Otter & Perfume design by AP Reserve.

Jungle Warrior is a beautiful fougère style fragrance. It brings to life a beautiful spicy green scent. Perfect for pretty much any occasion. This is a limited edition product.

Notes: Bergamot, Blueberry, Orange Blossom and Green Apple Réunion Geranium Bourbon, Lavender, Blackberry, Clover and Rosewood Oakmoss, Patchouli, Tonka Bean, Vetiver, Guaiac Wood and Musk

‘Fresca Intensa’

Another collaboration with Storybook Soapworks

From top to bottom Fresca Intensa will be rocking the following notes : Neroli (Italy), Lemon, Bergamot, Cedrat Peel, Lemon Verbena, Lime, Sweet Orange, Petitgrain, Rhubarb, Lime Leaves, Cedrat Heart, Lavender, Rosemary, Rose, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber, White Musk, Ambergris & Vetiver.

APR Raconteur

In November 2019 the last ‘full set’ offering was released under the APR branding that was not a collaboration –


Raconteur, a grand tale of Coffee, Whiskey, Leather, Civet, Sandalwood & Tuberose.. and that is just the open.

It was released as a shaving soap, aftershave and EdT with a Extrait subsequently available.

Try That Soap has the notes including –

  • Civet
  • Spices
  • Tuberose
  • Cedar
  • Patchouli
  • Guaiac Wood
  • Musk
  • Leather
  • Whiskey
  • Labdanum
  • Sandalwood
  • Coffee
  • Castoreum

APR Eclipse

Later in November 2019 there was another LE collaboration released, this time with Highland Springs Soap Co.


Eclipse was born from a desire to create a dark musky fragrance, although at the time, we had no idea it would bear that moniker. We have collaborated with Australian private reserve as they are well-known in creating complex scents; a perfect fit.

The long list of notes come together beautifully to create a truly one of a kind experience. Russian leather and dark musk are predominant initially, followed by blond tobacco dried fig and bourbon then rounding out with floral notes of Carnation, Geranium and Lavender.

The dry down on this scent emphasizes it’s complexity, like the moon slowly passing in front of the sun, it darkens over time, leaving you in the shadows of Eclipse.

[Description from HSSC website]

Les Oudhs

Once again under the Reserve Privée nomenclature, in May 2020

Reserve Privée Les Oudhs

100ml Eau de Parfum in a tall, round glass pillar sourced for this edition. The flacon seats with a simple transparent label, there is a deliberate exclusion of superfluous distraction in the Reserve Privée style. The composition does not need to shout, there will be no billboard.
The Shaving Soap receptacles are handmade, polished flint coloured wood with a snug fitting lid, a matching 50ml Aftershave is included. Both, only available with the purchase of the Eau de Parfum.
The 30ml & 60ml extrait flacons further reflect the exclusion of superfluity. The complete edition is effortlessly appointed, Immediately classic and a set for collectors.

Later that month there was a ‘Private release for /r/wetshaving #wetshaving IRC Reddit deplorables’.


This was released, in collaboration with Noble Otter, as an extrait, aftershave and soap.  It was a it was a special edition for the IRC sub #wetshaving



A collaboration with Southern Witchcrafts, in June 2020


A pact of light and dark, essentially entwined in a special Summer Release of both notes and multiple accords. Of citrus, Yuzu, Passionfruit, Grapefruit, Pear & Green Mango anchored below by fractions of Vetiver, Frankincense, Elemi, Sandalwood and damp earthy accords reflecting the subterranean down under…

This release is 100% Vegan Friendly. Absolutely no animal products were used in the Perfume composition or design.

Perfume design and compounding by AP Reserve.

This is a US release with Shaving Soap, Aftershave Splash and Eau de Parfum produced by @southernwitchcrafts & @dogwoodhandcrafts

[Note, the Gravefruit II released by Southern Witchcrafts has scents by Shawn Maher of Chattilon Lux]

santal noir

A collaboration with House of Mammoth, in June 2020, this built off the release of the Santal Noir scent as an EdP under the AP Reserve Escentials theme –

Santal Noir

Santal Noir is a sophisticated design, resting on Sandalwoods with a heart of Agarwood, Dark Rose, Jasmine, Jonquil, Cassis, Lemon, and more.

That is all for this fifth, and final, instalment of the Australian Private Reserve collection.  Coming in late?  You can start from the first post in this series and see where it all began.

If there are any errors or omissions or you have some information to add, please contact me.

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