Zelda by Shelley Waddington for En Voyage Perfumes 2013


Post by Val the Cookie Queen



Zelda: NOT the Legend of Zelda

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When this fragrance was brought to my attention, I already decided that it wasn´t for me. After years of computer gaming in my home I fall into the traumatized mother category. I could´t imagine anyone naming a perfume after a computer game, unless perhaps they were traumatized too? Despite hearing good things, it was not on my hit list.

Fast forward a few months to the legendary Blogger´s Meet in London. In the middle of eating a very nice plate of fish and chips I was handed a bottle of Zelda from the extremely charming Vanessa, her of Bonkers About Perfume fame. I gave myself a hefty spritz, which I promptly ignored. Nevertheless she packed me up a little sample to take home with me.

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I now have my own bottle.

A Perfume Trip

I spent several summers in the seventies and early eighties at Stonehenge and Glastonbury, in the days when they were free festivals. I remember very clearly (which is surprising) a particular psychedelic experience. We were sat on the stones of Stonhenge and as my friends and I spoke to each other the words came out of our mouths in sheets of colours. Each more vibrant than the other.

Each time I wear Zelda I have a comparable experience. I exhale, put my nose to my skin, and then inhale deeply. The notes unfold in layers like magic. First the spicy top layer, and then the thick magnolia and flowery layer, and then hidden under that you hit a smoky, musky, vanilla, sandalwoody and who knows what else accord. It stays layered on the skin. Absolute genius, and it doesn´t stop. It is deep and complex, and I wonder how Shelley Waddington came up with this. Be careful though it´s a twelve hour trip! Still there in the morning.

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Zelda Fitzgerald (1900 – 1948) “I don’t want to live. I want to love first, and live incidentally.” – Zelda Fitzgerald

Zelda was inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald, quintessential flapper and inspiration for her husband F. Scott Fitzgerald. She lived her life to the full, but hovered on the edge of madness. She was a writer in her own right. Gone are my thoughts of computer games.

Zelda by Shelley Waddington for En Voyage Perfumes 2013

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Italian Bergamot, Spices, Iranian Galbanum
Heart: Magnolia Blossom, Garden Florals
Base: Amber, Musks, Vanilla, Peru Balsam, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Oakmoss (Mousse de Chêne)

You can order from En Voyage Perfumes and they do samples too. I look forward to exploring more of the line.

Further reading: Jordan River at Australian Perfume Junkies and Smelly Thoughts

“Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the human heart can hold.” Zelda Fitzgerald


24 thoughts on “Zelda by Shelley Waddington for En Voyage Perfumes 2013

  1. Welcome to the Zelda & Shelley Waddington fan club, Val! You’re in excellent company, because we all know a truly magnificent perfume when when we find it! 🙂


  2. I used to love Zelda, the game and was seriously addicted for a while. When I first heard about Zelda, the perfume my reaction was similar to yours. But then Vanessa got me intrigued and if I’m lucky I”ll be able to try it this week when I meet her at the PLL meetup.


  3. Val I loved this! It’s so true that it is quite a trip and a long one at that. The lasting power is astonishing. It really is deep and complex and that base has so much going on. Great idea to include some of Zelda F’s wonderful quotes too.

    So nice to see some new pics from the London meet-up too.


  4. Hi Tara! My boss supplied the pictures. 🙂 It is complex, each time it reveals something new.
    Hugs. xxxxxxx


  5. Hi CQ. So glad you did this review. Very odd (in a nice way)but lately perfumes that I have been curious about have come up in blogs. This includes Zelda. Go Ask Alice by En Voyage Perfumes got my interest originally. Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant pops into my head with that one’s name. Great to know the scents are good. Time to order a bunch of samples.


  6. Hi Maya. I am gonna order Go Ask Alice at some point, or if I actually make it to the States this year maybe I can get it myself. Zelda is absolutely worth a sniff!! Yeah – Alice´s Restaurant, Jefferson Airplane ….. all trippy stuff! Bussis. xxx


    • Hey Poodle! Well, you might not care for it. BUT it might be worth trying again because it is such an incredibly made composition. It grew on me until I had to have it.


  7. How funny that your first thought was the computer game! I don’t have kids and that thought never even entered my mind. I was just curious what a perfume named after Zelda Fitzgerald would smell like. After your review, I’ve decided it must smell lovely and can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the posting!


  8. Aw, beautiful review – LOL at the computer game associations. 😉 And I agree that Zelda lasts till morning! I am actively trying to impregnate a lot of my scarves and bedding with it… Thanks to for the shout out and for bringing back lovely memories of our get together. With some more great photos too!


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