Kerosene Fragrances by John Pegg
Kerosene’s creator John Pegg was born and raised in St. Clair, Michigan, about an hour north of Detroit. Where he grew up, if you didn't work in the automobile field, you were most likely unemployed. While each factory may produce a different car part, every factory was exactly the same: Production and Numbers. To get out of that scene, John learned how to paint and wrench on motorcycles. As he worked, he loved the scent of dirt, grease, oil and sometimes blood from a busted knuckle. As John says “I’ve always been captivated by scents; gasoline, stamped steel, warm oil, and eventually a name was forged, Kerosene.”
Although sniffing anything he could can his snout on was quite enjoyable, he began to get bored with sampling scents and felt it was time to see if he could combine the right notes and create something himself. His goal; raw, unique, but approachable, and he wanted the bottle design to match the scents. So he put his painting talents to work, and little did he know, his factory production background would come in good use. Each bottle is unique, always painted with high quality automotive paint and clear coat. The result is as if a shiny, classic metallic Ford collided with perfume and songs by The Cure resonating out of tiny speakers from the clunky 8-track player.
Hailing from Michigan, which is frigid about seven months of the year, he is naturally attracted to warm notes. Ambergris, woods, and spices are his protagonists.
Like with everything he does, writing, music and now, perfumery, John has no formal training. As he says “I attack my oils like I do my cooking spice rack. Instinct leads my nose. Weather and mood leads my instincts. I want people to smell the passion. I hate talking about myself and want the scents to be my voice. I'm a simple person, but my scents won't be.”