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by Kilian Bamboo Harmony

22 May

Bamboo Harmony starts off with promising hints of citrus and sweet floral notes, but rapidly becomes an unexceptional (dusty) powdery floral tea-centered fragrance. I much prefer Water Calligraphy to this, though with Water Calligraphy, the emphasis is on sparkling sunny florals instead of tea, bergamot, and green grassy notes.

After the delightful opening, Bamboo Harmony quickly morphs into a powdery floral, and then the tea really comes out full force, but still cloaked in this powdery floral veil with a hint of ambiguous spice.

The white tea has a somewhat nose-tingling bitter element as if it has been a little over-steeped, and then cooled/muted to make iced tea, so that the notes go a little flat on my skin.

In the dry down, there is a powdery musk and the tea continues to permeate with its subtle yet persistent bite. The dry down is actually quite pleasant and ends as green as they come, but I would not choose this before any other more vibrant and simultaneously gentle (harmonious?) tea fragrances.

This reminds me of the perfume which “hangs” around a strange rich lady who is placidly looking at the same painting as you at a museum. You can tell that she is not friendly and she doesn’t notice you at all, even though you are no more than inches away. She is in her own calm, insulated and isolated world.

Like warm ice.

 

M. Micallef Ananda

21 Feb

Ananda begins with the soft perfumed fruit scent of a babysitter’s hair.


It is an inoffensive though synthetic impression of pear and it is soft, very delicate, and feminine. It is sugary sweet, powdery and tart with citrus and currant. There is nothing remotely visceral about it as with other pears that have a pulpy, over-ripe pungency to them. This is a young innocent woman wearing pear in a gently lit children’s room.

The rose makes this fragrance slightly green, but as the fragrance wears on, the vanilla musk/mimosa in the base takes a gentle powdery control over the tart green notes, and only the synthetic silhouette of the pear lingers. Despite the sweetness, the soft delicacy of the dry down ensures that this fragrance never becomes cloying, if applied with reasonable discrimination.

Though it eventually turns into quite an easy and soothing skin scent, there is nothing overtly memorable in the conclusion to Ananda. The babysitter is warm, pleasant, and comforting, but in a few years you will forget her name, her face, and even the scent of her hair.

Providence Perfume Co. Moss Gown

21 Feb

Thank you so much for the sample, Charna Ethier.

Moss Gown is unquestionably “of the Earth.” The ingredients are extremely high quality, and the fragrance is so transportive, that I think it should only be used in sacred ceremonies, which is not to say that it’s not wearable. It is definitely accessible and delightful to wear.

It’s the sweetness of dried grass and sunflower heads that drifts through an open barn door, where you stand in the shade next to leather saddles and a spigot that has been dripping water onto the same stone slab for decades.

It’s contained in the swirl of steam rising from the porcelain cup of yellow chrysanthemum tea, with a single clear rock of crystallized sugar slowly dissolving at the bottom. It’s late afternoon in Beijing and you lazily watch the people on the street through the window of the restaurant while waiting for your tea to cool.

It is the honeyed balsamic scent of a meadow in the evening after the Sun has been beating down on it all day. It’s the sweetness found in a handful of dried petals.

It’s on a farm in a place where you only get to visit, but when you are there it’s absolutely tranquil no matter where you look.

This fragrance is so deeply relaxing that it comes all the way around the spectrum and makes me feel excited.
I think it’s love.

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