Hello Perfumista Bargain Hunters,
I often find hidden gems on my list of non fragrance blog reading. I think this particular beauty came from DesignSponge, a daily design, DIY and decorating blog that has its finger on the world’s good stuff pulse. From my office chair I can see the best design on as many as 4 continents a day. It is rare for them to delve into fragrance and beauty so when the Prospector Co. products were being held up to scrutiny and given honors I was intrigued, especially since 2.7 fl oz costs about the same as a 3ml decant of some of the pricier niche offerings. What is the worst that can happen I thought, it will be average and I will give it as a Christmas present to a family member that will be thrilled. I am now thinking of giving it as presents but not because I think it’s average. Cedar St. Tavern by Prospector Co. is anything but average but it does feel historic. Though I don’t believe in gender lines there is a set of accords that makes up my memories of what the men smelled like as I was growing up, this is it plus a bit.
From ProspectorCo website
Beginning in 1866 in New York’s financial district, the Cedar St. Tavern saw several locations until settling into the 40s bohemian neighborhood of Greenwich Village. It was during this time that many of America’s most prolific painters, writers and musicians congregated over drink and intellectual banter. The 50s brought in the New York School with Pollack, de Kooning, Rothko, Kline, and writers like Ginsberg, Kerouac and Corso. This location signifies an inspiring moment in history, with its stories and creative caché that will most likely never happen again. This scent takes its name from this place in time and an aroma of worked-in attire, old-fashioned 50s cologne, and a carefree regime best describe it. The notes that carry it and the unsubtle attitude of the person wearing it make it happen.
Created from an age old perfumer’s technique with the modern man in mind, this light scent is best used as a refreshing wake-up for the face and garb. Midday meetings and post-work occasions call for this scented spray and its rich rustic notes and cooling aftereffect. The formula is safe for clothing and all skin-types and will bring back your pre-day freshness, even at midnight.
ProspectorCo gives this amorphous featured noted list: Patchouli, Oak Moss, Tonka Bean, Lavender and other pure essential oils.
I get a really wonderful warm lavender opening, I know that doesn’t sound right but the lavender has been softened and I think it’s the tonka giving it a slightly sweet bent. Warm, sweet and still herbal with darker depths Cedar St. Tavern is a modern retro-feel fougere style fragrance that will knock your socks off. It has great sillage but its scent bubble is not extreme. Simultaneously smelling like a modern masterpiece and Grandpa there is a short but interesting story lived withing the notes confines: powdery, lavender fresh, herbal but slightly sweet I can imagine grabbing the sensational bottle after the gym or swimming. It’s not a skunker so most work situations would be good unless you are in a severe no fragrance workplace or you are in very close contact. Have I mentioned how comfortable and retro-glam the bottle is, so cool and understated, and it has a gym beg no spray plastic dooby-whacker that will keep your juice in the can till you want to use it.
Cedar St. Tavern lasts quite well at about 4-5 hours until it dries down to a skin scent that reminds me of something but I can’t quite put my memory to it sadly, that soft powder and woods skin scent lasts till morning.
Cedar St. Tavern Prospector Co. 2.7 oz $32.00
Need a stocking filler? Don’t know what to get your Secret Santa? This is something interesting, wearable and very reasonably priced that will look good on any bathroom vanity and not be an embarrassment in a locker room.
Till tomorrow be well and try and take 5 minutes just for you somewhere along the way.
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