Post by TinaG
Last week I caught up with Portia for tea and lunch. We spent a lovely few hours bubbling away merrily with laughter and stories. Portia has an amazing fragrance collection which we dove into in search of ‘green’ scents. I was presented with a plethora of options. I thought I would share my first impressions of these with you.
There is nothing considered or nuanced here just what jumped out and hit me first. What this style of testing allows for is a snapshot of a range of perfume in a short period of time. What I can then do is go back and explore individual frags at my leisure. Fun!!
TinaG’s Quick Sniffs with Portia
Here’s my notes, ranked from less to more green (if that can be a thing….)
Armani Prive – Vert Malachite
Where is the ‘vert’? A bit of pettigran wafts through but it’s mainly a big white floral, heavy on the jasmine and ylang ylang.
Robert Piguet – Futur
This is supposed to be enriched by ‘green’ accords, but I can’t get past the old school aldehydes in the opening. It burns off leaving jasmine & ylang ylang with some bitter orange.
Chanel – No 19
Cool green, jasmine, rose, iris, geranium. Elegant.
Jacomo – Silences
Galbanum-heavy. Not a note I easily pick up in fragrances so I spend some time with my nose on the card trying to affix it in my scent memory.
Ormond Jane – Sampaguita
Watery green. Grassy, light florals, lily & rose.
Guerlain – Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune
Grapefruit green, sharp and fresh.
The Different Company – Tokyo Bloom
Heavy pink pillar of florals in the middle of gentle plant greens.
Olfactive Studio – Panorama
Light green. Peppery notes, it is a study in various green shades.
Niki de Saint Phalle
Cool green, but full of colourful varied florals. Fun.
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz – Giverny in Bloom
Fresh cut wet plant stem green. OMG this is exactly like being inside a florists! Amazing!
Guerlain – Aqua Allegoria Teazzurra
Dry green tea note. Simple. Gentle.
1000 Flowers – Fleur No 1
I think I was coming to the end of my capacity here because I just wrote ‘green’. (I don’t think there’s 1000 flowers in there).
So, what would I go back to? I’d be interested to see how Silences developed, along with Chanel No 19. I’ve given Panorama a run through as I got a sample when it was released, and it really is layered greens.
What else should I add to my list for future sniffs on a green theme?
Tina G xx