Slow Fire EdP by Liz Cook for One Seed 2012

Hi All You Niche Nerds,

Here is an Australian crew that we have talked about before when we Reviewed Hope EdP and EvieC interviewed perfumer Liz Cook (<<Jumps) and I loved their Courage so much that I have a FB nearing completion. So it was with a great thrill that I read Liz’s email recently telling me there was a new One Seed fragrance coming. WOO HOO! Sweet Fire is One Seed’s latest offering and is aptly named, or really Sweet Woods and Smoke would be even better but clunky. I’ll get to how it smells momentarily but first I’d like to share with you the One Seed philosophy:

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we believe

We don’t want to be just another perfume company.
We want to be a seed for change.
We believe that the perfect beauty of nature need not be corrupted by synthetic interference.
And that beauty is defined by knowing who you are, and being able to see beauty around you.
So care more deeply. Share more of yourself. Live inspired. Make a difference.

we create
Our fragrances are always

  • 100% botanical, nothing synthetic
  • Organic-focused and GMO-free
  • Using recyclable and sustainable packaging
  • Superior quality eu de parfum
  • Handcrafted in small, artisan batches
  • Against animal cruelty
  • Australian-made

Whether or not you are interested in such things it’s awesome that a company has taken such a stand and some of the things they are doing like their lovely, simple, recyclable and sustainable packaging, their small artisan batches and being against animal cruelty speak to my own philosophy. The products are beautiful and extremely different to any fragrances you’ll buy in a Department Store, being deeper, broader, more luscious and intriguing. I find myself entranced when I wear them because the ride is so filled with turns and surprises, different every wear yet still wearable in company as a background to your own personality. I would be careful wearing it to Zero Perfume Tolerance workspaces though because you are definitively fragrant when wearing a One Seed masterpiece. I also like that they are not aiming to be anyone but who they are, forging their own path and asking you to believe that you can do the same.

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Notes from One Seed:
Top: Mandarin, Basil, Blood orange
Heart: Black pepper, Ronemary flower, Fenugreek, Cardamom
Base: Cedarwood, Australian sandalwood, Peru balsam, Vanilla

What do I smell when I wear Slow Fire by One Seed on my skin? I love the opening that is a warm citrus fruit freshly torn open with the smell of peel, pith, fruit, zest and I think the vanilla is already lurking around the edges along with the basil. Then it goes herbal but the woods and vanilla are so present it’s not a green but a warm and smoky heart. I expect this to be much more something that it is not and then can’t remember what I expected. With the fenugreek and cardamom I am ready for something a little twisted, shocking or dangerous but Slow Fire is none of these things. It is beautiful and lyrical and ever so slightly human; like a healthy body smells after a day at the beach. There is wood and smoke but not burning or smokey or in any way acrid maybe more like the fire in full blaze. I am wandering lost trying to explain something that is way too lovely to be defined by my puny vocabulary and universe knowledge. This is lovely and out of the ordinary, you will be thrilled you tried it and Slow fire is well within splurge budget.

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One Seed site has a sterling sample program 5 x 5ml EdP $70 Slow Fire will be available there soon
Slow Fire EdP by One Seed available at their Etsy Store 50ml/$85
with other frags, candles and samples (8 x 1ml Etsy Sample Set $30 delivered to the WORLD!!)

Thanks for coming and meeting a new Aussie icon. I think One Seed is going to go the distance with their excellent fragrances and their philosophy. Proving to me that the mold is made to be broken, and sometimes should be to surge forward from stagnation. Congratulations Liz Cook, I sincerely love your work,
Have you tried One seed? Do you have a favourite Uber Niche Fragrance Company that I should try? Please share your thoughts in the comments. We love visitors.
See you tomorrow,
Portia xxx

12 comments on “Slow Fire EdP by Liz Cook for One Seed 2012

  1. poodle says:

    Slow Fire…I like that name. Woody, smokey vanilla sounds good too. I love sample sets. One of these days I will get around to sampling these. I like the idea of natural scents but not the usual lasting power.

  2. Dionne says:

    Haven’t tried One Seed yet, but tomorrow is payday and time for my October sample shopping, and you’ve just thrown a monkey wrench in my plans, Portia! Hmmmm, that sample pack is really tempting. I think what I found most impressive about this review is that this has some serious throw – perfumes that I can’t even smell myself without wrist to nose just don’t do it for me.

    How neat that perfumery in Australia is really getting going! We have just a few lines made here in Canada, but I admit they stir a little patriotism in me. As far as uber-niche, do Sonoma Scent Studio and Olympic Orchids count? There is a special place in my heart for the artisanal small houses, and I love giving them my business.

    • I’m with you Dionne! I love the small perfumers working without restraint towards beauty and magic. Olympic Orchids has long been a fave of mine and I have had an SSS sample set for a while which remains unsniffed. Every time I think I am going to go for it something else sparkles and I’m lost.
      Some good things have to wait. Thanks for the reminder though.
      Sorry to feck up your sample day program.
      Portia xx

  3. Rowena says:

    I have been wearing One Seed’s perfumes for a while now and always get comments on how i smell. You cant go wrong 🙂

  4. Undina says:

    I’m not a big fan of “100% botanical” perfumes so I don’t think I will be actively pursuing this brand (though I might try them if I come across thir perfums somewhere).

    Uber Niche Fragrance Company for you to try? April Aromatics 🙂

  5. Dubaiscents says:

    I love a good smokey scent! I will have to add this to my list of things to try. I don’t have any good tips for niche brands to try since I get most of my ideas from you and the other bloggers 🙂

  6. Natalie says:

    I love this description: “warm citrus fruit freshly torn open with the smell of peel, pith, fruit, zest.” I wouldn’t necessarily have considered sampling (as you know, I’m drowning in them!), but you make a persuasive case. I’m saving this brand name for later investigation. 🙂

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