I almost forgot to post about the August Olfactif box! I got so excited I started wearing it willy nilly and then realized this morning that I had yet to blog it. Olfactif is still $18 per month for a carefully curated trio of handcrafted artisan fragrances that are themed each month. This month included:
Still Life in Rio by Olfactive Studio- Notes include: Yuzu, ginger, mint, lemon, mandarin, Jamaican hot peppers, pink pepper, coconut water, Brazilian copaiba, white leather and rum.
Olfactive Studio takes an incredible photo and builds a scent around it. Still Life in Rio glows with the gilded oranges and reds and yellows of sunset and so does this scent. It opens with energetic citrus and ginger. The capsaicin sting of pepper is cooled by creamy coconut milk in the heart. A dry down of woods and soft leather with a drop of rum warms the dry down. $195
Eau Fraiche by Monsillage- Notes include: Verbena, yellow mandarin, lavender, white thyme, rosemary, lilac, vetiver, white cedar, white musk and ambergris.
Eau Fraiche indeed smells like the "fresh water" filled dew drops that dapple the green plants in a meadow of lavender, herbs and vetiver. A beautiful scent for spring or when that calming zen of herbs is craved. $95
Pichola by Neela Vermeire Creations- Notes include: Cardamom, cinnamon, saffron, juniper, magnolia, neroli, clementine, bergamot, orange blossom, rose, tuberose, jasmine sambac, ylang-ylang, benzoin, sandalwood, driftwood and vetiver.
Shades of citrus open the top, neroli and bergamot having prime roles. Spice, saffron and warm tones bridge the top notes to the heart, at which lies a large white bouquet of jasmine, tuberose, ivory roses and pale ylang-ylang. Some of these blooms lean tropical with a slight banana creaminess. The white blooms fade into musky greys and sandalwood taupes and smudges of blackened vetiver and driftwood. A coastal evening full of serene scents. $125
Of these three, I could see myself wearing Still Life in Rio the most often. Especially in Florida's climate. I do enjoy the other two on their own merits. Have you sampled anything unique lately?