Have you ever met a fellow perfumaniac whose taste in fragrance matches yours so perfectly that it is downright uncanny? For me that person would be my fragrant friend Neil. Time and time again we reveal to each other that we treasure the same beauties. Not only does he completely get why I love Nocturnes de Caron but would eagerly douse himself in vanilla essential oil or patchouli straight up without apologies, as would I.
Where we part company is with two perfume notes. He adores vetiver to which I am somewhat indifferent. He abhors sandalwood, whereas I refer to it as “my oil”. So I secretly took it upon myself to convert him into a lover of sandalwood and made a silent bet that this would be accomplished before he converted me to a vetiver junkie.
One day he challenged me into wearing vetiver straight up. So I dug through my many vials from Eden Botanicals until I found a Sri Lankan vetiver essential oil: one tiny drop applied to one tiny wrist. Oh, my! Grassy, woody, mildly smoky, grounding and gorgeous! The test, however, would be my perfume despising co-worker. As I shoved my tiny wrist up to her nostrils expecting her to berate me for doing so, she stopped, pondered for a moment and then announced, “Mmm, earthy. I like it!”
So it should come as no surprise that when my absolute favourite perfume house, Sonoma Scent Studio, recently released the second fragrance in its all natural line up, Spiced Citrus Vetiver, I had to have it.
Laurie Erickson, the perfumer, has taken an unusual turn with vetiver, pairing it with a succulent blood orange and the soft florals of jasmine sambac and osmanthus absolute. Spiced Citrus Vetiver is rounded out with spices (ginger, cloves, cinnamon) with a gorgeous drydown of vanilla, cedar and (catch me while I faint!) Mysore sandalwood. And although natural perfumes usually have low sillage and limited longevity Spiced Citrus Vetiver lasts for hours on my skin. This is the vetiver perfume that I MUST have in my fragrance wardrobe in regular rotation.
Sonoma Scent Studio Spiced Citrus Vetiver follows closely on the heels of the first natural release from this line – Cocoa Sandalwood.
These perfumes are for people who enjoy softer scents that stay closer to the skin than mixed media scents but that highlight gorgeous natural materials in their purest forms.
Sonoma Scent Studio
And Neil, if you are reading this, you can cease your gloating. Although you won this bet I am still determined to bringing you round to loving sandalwood one of these days! Perhaps it will be Sonoma Scent Studio’s Cocoa Sandalwood….
Tonight we have a Gift Package:
1ml of Sonoma Scent Studio Spiced Citrus Vetiver
1ml of my all natural vetiver blend “Ginza in the Rain”
1ml New Caledonia sandalwood absolute
A sampler of Tulsi tea
Leave a comment about your tastes in perfume – are they similar to your friends or vastly different?
Gift Recipient announced here May month end.
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