Peace – Love – Perfume by Ellen Covey for Olympic Orchids 2014


Post by Azar



The latest fragrances from Olympic Orchids, Peace, Love and Perfume, were created as a numbered series for the Peace – Love – Perfume Facebook group and released on August 31st of this year. Each of these new scents (each flower child) is a take on one aspect of the “Hippie” counterculture/youth movement of the 1960s and early 70’s.

Peace – Love – Perfume by Ellen Covey for Olympic Orchids 2014

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Ellen Covey describes the first in the series, Peace, as “the serious oldest child”.

Listed Notes: Frankincense, cedar, New Caledonian sandalwood, vetiver, double distilled patchouli, benzoin, vanilla, tarragon, Oregon lavender.

My Perceived Notes: Peace opens with a startling dose of tarragon and lavender quickly dissolving into woody resin, frankincense and sandalwood. This incense blend, with just a breath of patchouli, suffuses the skin with an aura of contemplation, lingers for 24 hours and finally fades to a memory of frankincense and vetiver touched with vanilla. Peace is rich, warm, resinous and comforting, perfect for blustery fall and winter evenings by the fire.

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Love, “the middle flower child”, is a humid floral featuring an exotic blue lotus accord.

Listed Notes: Blue lotus, sandalwood, frankincense, benzoin, humid air, vanilla, musks, tarragon.

My Perceived Notes: Once again I am momentarily surprised by the minty, camphorous, sweet tarragon top note. A wet blue lotus, with a hint of vanilla and resin, quickly takes over the composition and remains in place throughout the long life of the fragrance. Love finishes with a suggestion of damp vanilla and musk. I would be comfortable wearing Love anytime of the year but especially in spring and early summer.

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The third fragrance, Perfume, is the bright “free spirited youngest child”.

Listed Notes: Cedar, benzoin, vetiver, frankincense, pine wood fraction, myrtle, airy note, Oregon lavender, pink grapefruit.

My Perceived Notes: Perfume is really a cologne with an Olympic Orchids’ twist. Instead of the ubiquitous lemon or generic citrus and herbs, this cologne opens with a combination of pink grapefruit and sweet-sour myrtle continuing into pine, cedar and lavender. Perfume does not radically change over time and fades completely from my skin at about five hours. The refreshing grapefruit/myrtle combination and the cooling effect of the pinewood are perfect for long, hot summer days.

Even though my nose doesn’t register everything, I do NOT encounter any phantom notes or the “obvious but not present” effect in any of these fragrances. In the words of Flip Wilson’s 1970’s comic character Geraldine “What you see is what you get”! Each scent has been designed by the perfumer to be worn separately or layered together for a variety of stunning effects. Peace, Love and Perfume are available at Olympic Orchids boutique website ( individually and in two different boxed sets, perfect for holiday giving.

Peace, Love and Perfume for All!

Azar xx

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Peace – Love – Perfume GIVEAWAY


This week we will have 2 Winners who will each get:
1 x set of 1ml samples of Peace, Love and Perfume
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Tell ell us about your favorite vintage/retro scent, describe your scent memories of the 60′ and 70’s (if you were around in those days) or which Olympic Orchids fragrance do you like best?

Extra Chance?
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Entries Close Thursday 27th November 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by or some fun way
As Portia is away on Holidays we will release winners when possible, keep an eye out.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.


47 comments on “Peace – Love – Perfume by Ellen Covey for Olympic Orchids 2014

  1. Jaybee says:

    I haven’t tried it yet, but I have heard good things about Olympic Orchids’ Ballets Rouges. Love a sensuous rose! I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jaybee,
      Ballets Rouge is one of my favorite roses and I have tried so many, as I’m sure you have! Can you recommend a rose? You are IN!
      Azar xx

      • Jaybee says:

        Thanks Azar! My fave rose is Fille de Berlin but I’m wearing Stella by Stella McCartney right now. A pretty, wearable rose, if not amazing. xx

  2. Lyubov says:

    I think I will love Peace instantly!
    I cannot talk too much vintage, but I had the recent reminiscence of my favorite Climat by Lancome, and Mahora by Guerlain. I guess every second fumie has a Guerlain vintage fave!
    I have only tried Golden Cattleya and Little Stars from the Olumpic Orchids range, and I prefer Golden Cattleya.
    I follow by email, and on the FB page, and I live in Bulgaria (EU).
    Thanks for the chance!
    Lyubov recently posted…My own personal Belle de JourMy Profile

    • Azar says:

      Thank you for joining the draw, Lyubov!
      Chamade is probably my favorite Guerlain. I really can’t tell you why I like it but the bottle is just as lovely as the fragrance. BTW I love your posts and photos and I’m going to hop right over to your site right now!
      Azar xx

  3. Patty Pong says:

    Follow by e-mail. No scent memories of the 60s and 70s. 🙂 I don’t have a favorite vintage/retro scent. I couldn’t pick just one.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Patty Pong,
      Ah! Can you tell us which scent decade was the most memorable for you? Is it right now? And of course, you are IN!
      Azar xx

      • Patty Pong says:

        No not right now!!!!!! I do like the fragrances of 1968-1978. That’s a decade right? When I get a hold of some vintage of those years I quite like them. 🙂

  4. hotlanta linda says:

    LOL – I was not allowed! fragrance till the 70`s, but here`s to being a steamroller once we got the green light! Still have every flacon and box w/ juice in all bottles 🙂 Jungle Gardenia, Bellogia, Fidji, Paurue, Farouche, Chamade, Chant d`Aromes – for a few. NEED to try Olympic Orchids!! Thank U for the contest 🙂 We follow a la e-mail, blog, and FB.

    • Azar says:

      Hi there Linda!
      My mother was very liberal with scent and encouraged me to try all kinds of things. I can’t imagine not being “allowed”. Aargh! I would have seriously rebelled and protested. It was the 60’s after all! BTW you have several of my all time favorites in your list! I really think that you would love Olympic Orchids like I do. Thank you for joining this draw!
      Azar xx

  5. einsof says:

    Ashamedly, i have not tried Ellen’s highly acclaimed art… yet. 😉 My favorite 70’s perfume is Eau de Guerlain. (although i enjoy the whole Eaux de Guerlain collection)

    i follow by email.

    thank you for another wonderful post Azar!

    • Azar says:

      Hello einsof,
      Thank you for joining the draw. Of course, Eau de Guerlain! Another gorgeous bottle too. BTW I am looking forward to your next post here on APJ!
      Azar xx

  6. Marion Corvi Low says:

    I follow by e-mail and f/b and twitter. Like m any young women in the 60’s and 70’s, I loved Alysha Ashley Musk oil and Civet oil. Being a perfume person since I was little, I also wore Arpege, Tigress, Shalimar, Jungle Gardenia and Tuvara, Ecusson and Casaque, 20 Carats and Emir, Wind Song, Golden Autumn, Fracas, Rumeur,Sumatra and Nectaroma,Cabochard,Jolie Madame,Femme and Madame Rochas, Narcisse Noir, Youth Dew, Quadrille and my always and ever HG, Secret de Venus Zibeleine. I did not wear patchouli, but the scent was everywhere, and no mall went without at least one “head shop”, where the scent of essential oils carried thru the very air. Dr. Covey is a talented, lovely, perfumer. I have more than one favorite: Javanica in warm weather, Golden Cattleya all seasons, Gujarat for autumn. Thanks for the chance her new fragrances.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Marion,
      We are totally scent sisters! I have or have had – and loved – your entire list. Sadly, the real Secret of Venus is long gone. I can’t believe what has happened to her, at the very least an olfactory insult. Sigh. Thank you for your comments and for entering this draw.
      Azar xx

  7. Sun Mi says:

    Hi there! I follow via bloglovin. I wasn’t around in the 60s/70s, but a scent memory from my childhood in the 80s that I recall extremely vividly is the smell of powerbait in the crisp fall & winter air. My dad and I fished often, and that distinctive and pungent scent trapped in my fingertips is one I will never forget. I haven’t had the opportunity to try any vintage perfumes yet (just getting into the perfume world and trying to catch up as quickly as possible!) but I’ve been very tempted to buy a vintage l’interdit – if only for my love of Audrey. I haven’t tried any of the Olympic Orchid scents either – they look really interesting! (Except maybe Peace, as I’ve recently discovered I have a real problem with patchouli). Thanks for the draw Azar!
    Sun Mi recently posted…Diptyque – Eau Duelle Eau de Toilette (perfume review)My Profile

    • Azar says:

      Wow, Sun Mi! Powerbait?

      I can just imagine what was in powerbait…yikes! My grandfather was a great fisherman and we would enjoy wonderful times together fishing on freshwater lakes as well as in the ocean.

      A couple of years ago I bought a vintage L’Interdit. It is very powerful too (in a beautiful way). I have had to confine the box containing the tightly sealed bottle to a ziplock bag. One of the few perfumes that merits that kind of treatment. BTW the patchouli in Peace is double distilled and quite faint to my nose. No head shop patchouli here, but it seems just a suggestion of patchouli for old times sake.

      Thank you for joining the draw!

      Azar xx

      • Sun Mi says:

        Fishing is such a lovely past time – we too traversed lakes and saltwater!

        Well, if L’Interdit is indeed that powerful perhaps I’ll have to pass for now. I am pretty sensitive to scent – but I am just so curious about how it smells! I have one bottle sitting on my dresser that is that way, and I’ll probably need to confine it soon too. It wouldn’t bother me if it was a scent I adored, but unfortunately I just keep catching a medicinal patchouli/oud mixture when I walk by – which I’m sadly realizing I don’t care for. 🙁
        Sun Mi recently posted…Diptyque – Eau Duelle Eau de Toilette (perfume review)My Profile

      • Azar says:

        Just thought I would mention that I loved your Diptyque – Eau Duelle review!

      • Sun Mi says:

        Aw thanks! I’m no expert but its a good way for me to keep track of the things I’m trying and my experienecs with different types of scents!
        Sun Mi recently posted…Diptyque – Eau Duelle Eau de Toilette (perfume review)My Profile

  8. Elia says:

    I fgollow by email,
    I’ve not tried many of Olympic Orchids, but I think my choice would be Ballets Rouges

    • Azar says:

      Hi Elia and thank you for joining the draw! As I mentioned before, Ballets Rouge is one of my favorite rose perfumes. Do you have a favorite – or two…?
      Azar xx

  9. Rene Groyer says:

    I follow by e mail,70’s memory would be Cinnabar by Estee Lauder.

  10. Julie F says:

    I follow by email. My memories of the 60s and 70s include Caswell Massey Musk Oil and lots of patchouli, yeah…
    My favorite vintage scents are Guerlain Vol de Nuit and Desprez Bal a Versailles.
    Of Ellen’s creations, I love Olympic Amber, but I’m also fond of Siam Proun, and the chocolates, both California and Seattle. Thanks for the draw.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Julie,
      Yes, musk oil was very popular in those days. I think some of it was even real musk (poor creatures!). I have an old solid musk perfume from the 60’s that smells like Fender’s vet’s office! BTW, every scent you mentioned is one of my favorites too (with the notable exception of the Musk Oil). Thank you for joining today’s draw!
      Azar xx

  11. Bec says:

    I follow by email.

    I don’t have any memories of the 60s or 70s but one of my first fragrance memories is of my friend’s Mother wearing Poison in the mid 80s!

    I just checked out the Orchid Scents website and I would LOVE to try to Cafe V. I love a coffee scent and that one sounds perfect!

    • Azar says:

      Hello Bec,
      My daughter convinced me to buy my first Poison back in the 1980s. I still have the beautiful dark glass bottle. My favorite Poison is Hypnotic. I have a good stash of the original vintage as well as some slightly later versions that came out before the major reformulation that lightened up the sillage and longevity. Regarding Cafe V: It is a wonderful scent. I especially enjoy it in the in winter months! Thank you for your memories and for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  12. Kandice says:

    Hi – loved your review! I haven’t had the chance to try any perfumes by Olympic Orchids yet but I would like to. Thanks for the opportunity. I follow via email. One of my favorite fragrances was more from the 80’s – Opium by YSL. Wish I still had some of the vintage as I hear the current formulation is seriously lacking.

    • Azar says:

      Thank you, Kandice! You are IN! I have such fun writing these posts.
      Re Opium: I have a couple of older bottles but don’t really know the new versions that well, just the opposite of where you are. I love all the old spicy orientals like Opium and Cinnabar but my favorite of the genre is KL.
      Azar xx

      • Azar says:

        Kandice, oops!
        Meant to say “…just about where you are..” I hope you weren’t confused. I think I am (oh dear)!

  13. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey Azar,
    Great review and super giveaway. SO fun. Love you.
    Portia xx

    • Azar says:

      Hi Portia,
      The reports indicate that the FUN is following YOU through the US!
      BTW I thought I would add a little extra prize to this draw. Besides the PLP sample set the two winners will each receive a little decant of one of the vintage fragrances they mentioned in their comments (a fragrance they have run out of or don’t have) OR an additional Olympic Orchids perfume decant from my stash.
      Happy Trails Travelers and Love and Hugs too!
      Azar xx

  14. Tina G says:

    Hey Azar! Thanks for this review, really interesting fragrances and I’d love a chance to try them. I follow by email, feedly and Facebook.

    I think my Mum had Arpege on her bed side drawer in the 70s… Wish I could remember – will ask next time I see her! I enjoy Olympic Orchids fragrances – I really like Kingston Ferry, so well done & a very visual scent for me.

    Tina x

    • Azar says:

      Hello Tina G,
      I remember my mother and Lanvin too! Do you recall the smell of Arpege? Did you like it? Check out my September 9, 2013 post right here on APJ. Lots of Lanvin memories in that one. Also, have you tried any of the other Olympic Orchids Scents of Place? They all have an uncanny, as you say, “visual” effect! Thank you for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

      • TinaG says:

        Hey Azar! Yes I do have memories of Arpege… I’ll check out your post, thanks! I wonder if I smelt it today, whether it would be the same…

        Of the Scents of Place, I thoroughly enjoyed Olympic Rainforest. It is fabulous. You’ve reminded me I’ve meant to check out the rest of that range, not quite worked my way through yet! Testing in my future… 🙂

        Tina x

  15. edith says:

    by mail and FB – Cabochard these days !

    • Azar says:

      Hi edith,
      You are IN! Cabochard and the other vintage Bernard Chant perfumes are some of my favorites. I especially like the old Devin. Thank you for joining this draw.
      Azar xx

  16. Damir says:

    Fragrant memories from the seventies are exactly memories of smell of forest and meadow where we played as kids. They are also related to the particular garden full of peonies and cypresses. 1978 was the year of Azzaro pour homme. I know it from my childhood and since then, it’s been among my favorite fragrances. I still use it with the same passion. In the late 70’s, I met Diorissimo, although it is older than me. Formulation from that time is still in my memory and it is probably one of the most important impacts to my hobby.
    Olympic Orchids and Ellen Covey has created some of the most gorgeous artisan perfumes. I’m a huge fan of American artisan perfumery. I know most of Ellen Covey’s perfumes and I appreciate her work a lot. Somehow, my favorite Olympic Orchids perfumes are scents of the places – Arizona, Olympic Rainforest and especially Carolina. I love California Chocolate and DEV #2 and I’m stunned by the beauty of Ballets Rouges. Ms. Covey has so significant artistic signature and the raw materials she uses are wonderful.
    As a member of Peace Love Perfume, I know that I’m going to try all the perfumes made for this project, Ms. Covey’s trio, too. It’s only matter of time.
    I follow via mail, RSS, WordPress, Facebook twitter. Thank you.

    • Azar says:

      Thank you for your great comments and for joining the draw, Damir!
      Like you I will never forget my first encounter with Diorissimo. I too love and use Olympic Orchids scents of place perfumes. The Olympic Rainforest fragrance smells exactly like our beautiful Olympic Rainforest here in WA state USA.
      Azar xx

  17. Tourmaline says:

    Hi Azar,

    I follow APJ via email.

    I was a child in the sixties and early seventies, so I didn’t buy many fragrances for myself early on. One “hippy” type of fragrance sticks in my memory, though. I smelled a wonderful perfume on a classmate at a birthday party in about 1974, and asked her what it was. She told me that it was frankincense. I should have asked her the brand as well, but I didn’t, and I spent a while searching for that fragrance on Saturday mornings (back when the shops were only open on Saturday mornings on the weekend) in shops selling Spiritual Sky perfume oils and other such products. I eventually found a frankincense oil, but it wasn’t as good as the one worn by my friend.

    As for the other perfumes that I used as a child, they included very non-hippy fragrances such as Blue Grass, 4711, Three Flowers Skin Perfume by Richard Hudnut, Honeysuckle, Charisma and Bird of Paradise (all three by Avon), Apple Blossom by Helena Rubenstein, English Lavender by Yardley, and Black Rose. One that could be described as very “hippy and peace and love” was Phul-Nana, by Grossmith, which I have written about previously in a comment about Floral Veil on APJ. All of these perfumes were given to me as gifts by my mother, aunts, school friends and my younger brother.

    The first serious perfume that I can remember buying for myself was the original Intimate by Revlon. An aunt had given me a spray powder of this fragrance and I bought it a bottle of the EDT for myself for my first year of university in 1979. I am sad that it has long been discontinued; it was very high quality for such an inexpensive chypre fragrance.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Tourmaline,
      I recall most of the fragrances you mention. I remember the real Intimate too and the spray powder version you refer to. A horrible re-make of Intimate is still available on some of the discount sites, nothing like the original that we both knew. Sigh. Thank you for your great comments and for joining the draw.
      Azar xx

  18. Undina says:

    I was little in 70s but I still have perfume memories! Miss Dior and Diorella were perfumes my mother had back then and I loved Diorella.
    Undina recently posted…Beyond Mardi Gras – Perfume Shopping in New OrleansMy Profile

    • Azar says:

      Hello Undina!
      What wonderful memories! I really enjoy revisiting early childhood via scent only, by way of perfume, flowers, the smell of family, home, the weather…and, of course, the smell of holidays and great dinners. Happy Thanksgiving.
      Azar xx

  19. Tena says:

    My favourite vintage scent…..
    I think I’d have to vacillate between Shalimar and Chanel’s Cuir de Ruisse. Nothing shocking, I know, but so unbelievably amazing.

    I follow APJ through email, and enjoy doing so 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi Tena,
      Yes, these two vintage beauties are amazing! I wish you were in this draw but it closed on November 27th at 10:00pm SYDNEY time. I figure Sydney time by going ahead 24 hours from Pacific time here in WA state, USA and then subtracting 5 hours (or I just google it!)
      Azar xx

  20. Esperanza says:

    Thank you for offering this, I would love to try a fragrance from Ellen Covey. My favorite fragrance with a vintage/retro vibe is Vintage Dioressence and vintage Diorella.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Esperanza,
      Sorry that you missed the cut off time for the draw (see above). The names have already been pulled and sent to Portia. Don’t worry, though, APJ will certainly have a new drawing coming up soon.
      Azar xx

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