Once our trip to Cleveland was finalized one of the very first things I did was search to see if there was a perfume boutique in town. Indigo Perfumery turned out to be just the place I was looking to experience. And I not only experienced the store myself, but also went along with my friend Jacqui who used to blog at The Scholarly Nail. The owner, Ann, greeted us as we walked in and made the whole shopping and sniffing experience a joy. She offered scents to experience, gave us background knowledge when we were curious and charmed us with her kindness and warmth.
One of the very first houses I knew I needed to sniff was Papillon. I absolutely fell in love with Salome's naughty tones, Angelique's smooth beauty and Anubis' resinous hues. I will be back for more.
Next I spritzed Andy Tauer's Tauerville Fruitchouli Flash. I had been wanting to lay my nose on it as soon as he released it. It was a unique spin on apricot. I think Jacqui fell in love with his Rose Flash (which you know I adore too) and went home with a sample of it.
Dame Perfumery sparkled with many gorgeous fragrant options. I will be featuring his newest Chocolate Man scent very soon.
Shay & Blue piqued my interest back when I was on Twitter. I ended up really enjoying their Oud Alif and would love to have it on my bathroom counter in the future. Their line ran the gamut of scent profiles and the branding is chic.
I was *this* close to taking home Imaginary Author's Cape Heartache when trying to choose what bottle to bring home back to Florida. Its strawberry and woods magic worked on my senses. And look how engaging the bottles look all lined up like so many books on a shelf.
Indigo offers bespoke perfume creation workshops as well. In fact, Jacqui almost created a fragrance before I came to visit. I hope she does eventually and lets me know how it goes.
I became enchanted with Ann's miniature perfume shadow box. She said a friend had gifted it to her. So cool.
Viktoria Minya perfume house intrigued me and I wish I could have spent more quality time with her scents. They were so beautiful and magnetic with their sparkling gemstones encased in glass and submerged in fragrance.
So what did I end up coming home with after spraying and sniffing dozens and dozens of incredible fragrances?
Chai by Baruti- Notes include: Cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, pepper, black tea, steamed milk, cocoa, roses, vanilla, musk, leather. $110
Zippy ginger and black pepper explosions burst forth with a kaleidoscope of brightness. This is the bag of rich chai that I press to my nose and inhale before I lower it into my mug of steaming water. All the crisp spices zing and sing. As the scent transforms, wooden cinnamon bark curls, crumbling black tea leaves and brittle rose buds release into the warm water and rise on tendrils of vapor. The heavy cream and cube of sugar I poured into the cup swirls among dark scents and lightens and sweetens the brew on my skin. The dry down evolves into a soft dreamy musk with mellow woods and worn leather accents. How could I resist?
Ann offered to make up some samples for us and I chose Floris Honey Oud. Which I may review at a later date. I kind of want to save it for a special occasion and not dissect it just yet. It smells like high luxury.
And Ann, hearing Jacqui and I wax poetic over all the scents, wanted to give us a sample of Sideris, by Maria Candida Gentile, which she only had one bottle remaining. I look forward to wearing this resinous beauty as well.
When I get back to Cleveland I will certainly be going to Indigo and treating myself once again. I am thrilled there are perfume boutiques such as Indigo in business. I hope if you are ever in the Cleveland area that you pop in and say hello to Ann and perhaps have yourself a little sniffapalooza.