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June 2014

Indigo Perfumery

FRAGRANCE OF THE WEEK: HANBURY

Looking for a standout floral to go along with our beautiful summer thus far?

Consider Hanbury by Maria Candida Gentile.

Hanbury was inspired by the fragrant Mediterranean gardens of Hanbury Villa in the Northern Italian city of Ventimiglia. This floral shines in the vast sea of florals not only because of its lovely scent, but because it focuses on the unusual floral combination of Calycanthus praecox, a winter bloomer in Italia, and acacia, also known as mimosa or wattle.

Its citrus top notes of lime, bitter orange and sweet orange place you directly in the garden, gazing down at the sea. You soon become aware of the Calycanthus as it pairs with mimosa. The blooming florals are moderated by its honey accord before drifting into the natural white musk and benzoin base notes.

Hanbury has good longevity and sillage, although it stays closer to the skin after a few hours.

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ROSE CUT: FRAGRANCE OF THE WEEK

With June being the month of roses, we feature Rose Cut as our third Fragrance of the Week.

Rose Cut opens with a sparkly, boozy note that leads into the classic elegance of rose, but with a twist of patchouli. This combination seems to bring out the best of both, with the patchouli remaining clean rather than veering toward too earthy.

Its dry down blend of vanilla and benzoin, oakwood and patchouli causes frequent sniffing of one’s arm and the allure of a confident feeling of strength and softness combined.

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JUNKY: FRAGRANCE OF THE WEEK

With Father’s Day upon us, we chose Jardins d’Écrivains’ new fragrance, Junky, composed by perfumer Anais Biguine for our second Fragrance of the Week. This surprise sleeper is just beginning to be discovered and appreciated.

Launched at Esxence in March, Junky is truly a fragrance like no other. It was inspired by writer William S. Burrough’s book, Junkie: Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict. In fact, it does not dwell on the seedier side at all.

Its unique and complex notes tempt you to analyze “Just what is this…?” It starts off as a green scent, with galbanum’s leafy notes, augmented by a nice hay-like cannabis contribution along with rosewood. Its heart notes bring us violet, gardenia and eventually iris, anchored by vetiver and a whole group of woods and resins.

Junky remains uplifting, with good sillage and longevity.

A nice scent to wear that smells terrific on the skin. Perfect for nuzzling up to…

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OUR FIRST FRAGRANCE OF THE WEEK!

Welcome to our first Fragrance of the Week

with an ode to the Iris with Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger’s Rose Irisée.

This past week was the Iris’ turn to shine in the garden.

Iris essential oil (orris) is most often created from the species, Iris pallida, originally from Croatia, although it is also harvested in Morocco, China and Israel (as in Aedes de Venustas’ Iris Nazarena). The plant needs to flower for at least three years before it is considered optimal for harvesting the roots.

After it flowers, the stems are removed, and its roots, also called rhizomes, are harvested and cleaned. They are dried in the sun for three to ten days and then dry stored for three years. (Nothing fast about this!) Finally, the dried roots are crushed into a fine powder, which then undergoes steam or CO2 extraction to obtain the iris “butter” or “concrete.” One can now comprehend why iris, or orris root, is one of the most expensive raw perfume notes that exists!

Dried orris root (courtesy of FRAGments)

A description of Orris can range from earthy, rooty, velvety, rich and even to powdery. It has been traditionally used as a fixative to increase the scent’s longevity. Iris Gris, by Jacques Fath, the benchmark for vintage iris-based perfumes, immediately comes to mind.

I chose Au Pays’ salute to rose and iris because it reminded me of the vintage fragrances I grew up smelling. One sniff brings me back to the inside of my grandmother’s handbag, with its suede and scented lipstick. Rose Irisée starts off with bergamot, orange and wormwood, with the wormwood offering its unique herbal scent. Rose, almond and orris make up the main heart notes. The almond and orris outshine the rose on my skin, however. Its sillage and longevity are both excellent, no doubt due in part to the cedar, patchouli, vanilla, musk and sandalwood base.

Rose Irisée is arguably one of the most complex scents of Au Pays de la Fleur d’Oranger’s wonderful line.

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