Val the Cookie Queen
Afternoon from Europe APJ
I am in the middle of getting ready to go to London for the weekend, taking my daughter along to look after me, you know? Make sure her mother can cope with getting on the Tube. Stuff like that. I am meeting up with a A Bottled Rose and with The Candy Perfume Boy. I am gonna pick up a vintage N°5 Perfume that Portia sent home with Tara. I have noticed recently that it does not always get a lot of love from bloggers, but I adore it. I think the fact that I booked a ticket to England to go pick it up, says how much. BUT before I go, let me briefly introduce you to the new Geisha Botan from aroma M.
aroma M Geisha Botan by Maria McElroy 2018
Maria sent me samples of the Geisha Botan quite a while ago. I promptly lost them. To my utter surprise they actually turned up on the day that Bonkers About Perfume wrote about the scents, followed a few days later by A Bottled Rose. They were safely stashed in a make up bag that I seldom use. I have no doubt that as I put them there I made a mental note of it. That turned out well huh?
Botan is the Japanese name for peony. They are known as Pfingstrosen in German, which would translate as the Pentecost Roses. They bud around Easter time and open into the most exquisite blooms a while later. They smell divine.
Notes include: peony, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, “velvet woods”
The above photo was taken by The Silver Fox. He kindly allowed me to use it.
The EdP and the Oil are very similar, I lean towards the oil because I love to dab perfume, I find the oil sensual, and to my nose it is a richer scent.. Botan could be described as a dusky floral, with a vanilla and sandalwood centre. A sweet as in a candy. The outer layers of peony and rose, blushing pinks, melt slowly away, allowing the vanilla and sandalwood to shine through, the vanilla leaving a slightly salty trail. In combination with the “velvet woods” that Maria uses, it they keep the sweetness of the flowers at bay.
It might be interesting to note that we, as westerners recognise vanilla to be sweet, because that is how we receive it in our foods, or in migraine inducing fake vanilla bath and shower stuff. Try and allow your senses to search for something different in vanilla. It is delicious used in lamb and beef dishes for example, or a vinaigrette maybe. And if you try, you may find a more briny aspect to some vanilla.
Geisha Botan lasts for hours on me, the oil longer than the EdP. I already own the oils of Geisha Noire and Vanille Hinoki. I don’t know what the secrets to Maria´s oils are, but they are outstanding creations. As appropriate for yoga and meditation, as they are for parties and seduction.
Maria ships all over the world. The Botan EdP is 100$ and the Botan Oil is $60.