Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sonoma Scent Studio: Yin & Ylang

Sonoma Scent Studio Yin & Ylang

Notes Include: Bergamot, blood orange, soft aldehydes, beeswax absolute, ylang oil, jasmine sambac absolute, tuberose absolute, rose damascones, ginger CO2, mysore sandalwood oil, oakmoss absolute, amber, patchouli, vanilla, musk.

The elegance with an edge quality of the 1920's lends a lovely platform from which to view this fragrance. Lady Mary Crawley defiantly flaunting her boyish haircut with a bow-tie at her throat in the Downton drawing room must smell of this perfume. It manages beautifully the juxtaposition of modern vintage. Golden bergamot and aged citrus possess a lightness and clarity buoyed by the most delicate aldehydes. Seductive ylang, jasmine and tuberose portray themselves as a Venus de Milo in their statuesque beauty, never turning lurid or naughty.  The lingering drydown maintains the bygone era of luxury with a gorgeous melding of creamy sandalwood, haunting oakmoss and subtle amber musk. The modernity can be found in Yin & Ylang's simplistic clarity. There are no distracting powdery notes, harsh lines or opaque heaviness; it floats off the wrist in transparent reflections of candle light. 

Laurie has done it again. I am in love. This particular scent was made in conjunction with the editor-in-chief of Cafleurebon, Michelyn. This scent can easily be worn in all seasons, but I believe spring and summer would fit this beauty sublimely. 


  1. It sounds like a lovely scent! So always have such a talent for scent descriptions. Love you sister.

  2. Drooling! This sounds divine! And your description paints such a pretty picture!

    1. It is so very lovely. I cannot wait to buy a 5ml travel size soon. I need this for spring. Thanks Liz! You know I enjoy waxing poetic about my perfumes.