Desert Blush by Harry Fremont for Nomad Two Worlds 2014


Post by TinaG



Australia is an amazing country, and no part I find more fascinating than the Australian outback. The landscape is incredibly awe-inspiring. I have fallen in love over and over again, with the stretches of ancient dry desert plains, the rocky crags, the unusual endemic plants and animals that call this country home, and the privilege of sharing some of the dreamings of the first people of this land.

Desert Blush Nomad Two Worlds Australian_Outback WikiMediaPhoto Stolen from WikiMedia

I was very interested to hear about a fragrance line, Raw Spirit, from Nomad Two Worlds which includes some classic Australian flora notes such as boronia and Australian sandalwood in their scents.

Desert Blush by Harry Fremont for Nomad Two Worlds 2014

Desert Blush Nomad Two Worlds FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica Gives these featured accords in one line:
Australian Boronia, ylang-ylang, osmanthus, jasmine petals, violet, Australian sandalwood, musk and cedar wood

A creamy-peach blush of osmanthus strikes the first chord on opening, supported by an ultra-dry cedar and sandalwood that feels like the wood has been has been placed in the searing heat of the day, along with something astringent and banana-like which I can’t readily place. During the next half hour boronia comes through, followed by delicate hints of a sweet violet and jasmine. Boronia is an Australian native plant, typically with small flowers around 1cm in diameter. The image that this scent provides me with is of the brown-yellow flowers, a classic native variety. The scent of boronia is lemony/woody –small waxy flowers on tough wood stems. Boronia as a scent has waned in popularity from a peak the mid-80’s where it was found in fragrant household products like guest bathroom soaps – you rarely see it around these days which is why I was excited to see it listed as a note.

SONY DSCPhoto Stolen Flickr

Desert Blush is described as being inspired by the Western Australian Desert at sunset. The image that Desert Blush brings to me is one of the mulga woodlands, dry red earth with tough scrubby plants and grasses, but plenty of them. The way the scent dries down really does remind me of being outside in the outback as evening falls – the woody notes take a step back, the softer floral scents which had been baked away in the sun’s heat are allowed to breath in the slowly cooling air. Longevity in this fragrance and the Raw Spirit range is excellent – after settling, it stays on my skin for at least 8 hours and I still get hints on my skin if I’ve left it on overnight.

Desert Blush Nomad Two Worlds Sunset-Strike MichaelSeebeckPhoto Stolen MichaelSeebeck

The approach which Russell James, the founder of Nomad Two Worlds, has taken with the project’s art, photography, and products is one of cultural respect and authenticity, ensuring that Indigenous artists receive royalties for their work, and donating 10% of profits to the Nomad Two Worlds Foundation for support of artists from Indigenous and marginalised communities around the globe.

Nomad Two worlds has $35/7.5ml EdP

The fragrance line of Raw Spirit stays closely within the framework of supporting communities. Of the four fragrances I sampled all donate part of their proceeds to sustainable agricultural projects – Desert Blush and Wild Fire to Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal) projects, with Bijou Vert and Citadel supporting Haitian projects. Fragrance with a conscience. I like it.

Tina G

8 thoughts on “Desert Blush by Harry Fremont for Nomad Two Worlds 2014

  1. Hi Tina,
    Thank you for introducing this very interesting artistic and socially aware enterprise. Look forward to learning more and sampling the line.
    Well done, Jackie


    • Hi Jackie, and thanks! Yes it is an interesting enterprise, and certainly worth checking out. Glad you enjoyed the article.

      xx Tina


  2. I can’t wait to drop over and smell this TinaG.
    You make it sound really lovely and I am all over the socially aware giving.
    It looks like it might be a winner.
    Portia xx


    • Hi Portia, I would have brought the samples around earlier, but I wanted to surprise you with the review! I’ll bring them with me tomorrow for sniffs and chats & see what you think.

      xx Tina


  3. “Fragrance with a conscience. I like it.” i like it too!!

    and look, here’s the whole thing- i LOVE the act of smelling. i LOVE perfume, which is totally geared toward that action. i PREFER the way naturals smell. Combine that with the idea that using these plant materials is supporting farming, increasingly organic, benefiting people world wide?

    that’s art in ACTION. and art, in the end, is love.


    • Beautifully said, einsof – Love plays a huge part in my interest in fragrances, and to see that shown respect(not personally, but as a whole) and giving something back to people+agriculture via creative processes… it’s pretty special. You express it better than I do, but yea, agreed.

      xx Tina


  4. Knowing that the fragrance you are wearing supports something wonderful I think adds to the sensory experience of wearing that scent, making it all the more enjoyable.


    • Hi Lean S – it’s the whole package! I was also loving the focus in the Australian Outback, it was really great to find long lost boronia although it has been so long I was wondering if my scent memory was on par. Thanks for taking the time to comment! Tina xx


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