Hello Fellow Fumies,
At APJ we have a Saturday Question. Everyone gets to chime in with an answer, chat with other responders and it’s a fun event each week. Taking sides never means taking offence and everyone keeps it respectful and light, even though we can sometimes trawl the depths.
The idea is you’ll see it on the weekend or chime in through the week. Hopefully you will come back regularly and see if anyone has responded to your comment and you can reply to them. The aim is to generate real conversation and connection even though we are scattered around the globe.
Over 100 responses I will draw a Scent Sample Pack (from my collection)
- Ballets Rouges by Olympic Orchids
- Violetta di Murano oil (Italian Journey No. 4) by DSH Perfumes
- Imogen by Evocative
- Charlatan by Fort & Manlé
- Rosa sur Reuse by SIOVOHLE
Last Weeks Winner: Alen
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Saturday Question: What Are Some Indie/Artisan Perfumes You Love?
Indie and Artisan are very subjective. This week I would like us to concentrate on perfumers who do most of the blending work themselves. A hands on approach. Mostly they have simple, off the rack bottles and fairly rudimentary packaging. There are obvious exceptions like Fort & Manlé, whose packaging is stellar, but I know Rasei does all the blending.
Ballets Rouges by Olympic Orchids
Interestingly, my two favourite rose fragrances were released in 2012, Mohur and Ballets Rouges. They are both opposing takes on rose. Ballets Rouges is a dark, swampy, shadow filled rose that whispers secrets and offers clandestine assignations. For the times I feel like letting the witch out to play.
Violetta di Murano (Italian Journey No. 4) oil by DSH Perfumes
In stark contrast, Violetta di Murano offers a fragrance that gives the impression of Italian lilac glass being hit by sunlight on a winters day. Pretty and shimmering violet and mimosa given a sharp twist with blackcurrant and ivy. Dry down is a soft oakmoss and wood with smooth resins.
Imogen by Evocative Perfumes
Iris, rose and jasmine backed up by vanilla, leather and woods. So simple yet prettily effective. The roses are blood red and everything else plays chorus. Dry down stays interesting and I like the way it twists masculine. I particularly love that this is an Aussie outfit.
Charlatan by Fort & Manlé
If you haven’t tried Charlatan yet then do yourself a massive favour and get some on your skin. Woody/amber with ALL the bells and whistles. A sweet yet dry fragrance that uses chocolate, fruit and flowers to make the vanilla centric amber and woods sing. One of the best Indie offerings so far this century.
Rosa sur Reuse by SOiVOHLE
Another rose from 2012 that gets a fair amount of wear around here. Roses and Tuberose over a mossy woods base and with a load of backing players to help the roses shine. So wearable and yet utterly stately in its opulence. Sadly I don’t see it on the SOiVOHLE site anymore.