Happy New Year dear APJ! How did you celebrate the new year? Do any of you write new year resolutions?
We survived the holidays – barely. It was a host of things that just made it terribly stressful for us all. New Year’s Eve was a complete dud as I wrongly assumed that they would be doing loads of fireworks in our village. Not quite sure if it is just not tradition here to do as many fireworks as they do on the national holiday or if it was the thick fog that set in here in the hills. Anyway – we started celebrating on the 1st to make up for the previous night.
Happy New Year and Vetiver Cœur by April Aromatics
It has been years since I have done anything resembling a resolution, but this year I decided to keep it relatively simple and to stick to one resolution. I walk a lot but I need to improve on increasing my uphill speed and strength without triggering my asthma. My resolution is to walk as much as I can including uphill climbs. At least I can get lots of good photos in this idyllic scenery.
2020 will hopefully also be a good year for perfume. It does not need to be huge numbers of beautiful fragrances, but please a handful of excellent ones to ring in the new decade.
So far I am excited to see what 2020 will bring and I can tell you about a new fragrance for April Aromatics. Yes, I know, it was technically launched at the end of 2019 but that is to my mind saying goodbye to the old and ringing in the new. Sticking to my tradition of starting the new year with something fragrant I was excited to test Tanja Bochnig’s new creation called Vetiver Cœur.
Tanja Bochnig lists the following notes on the April Aromatics website: lemon, bergamot, mandarin, pink pepper, nutmeg, coriander, orange flower absolute, clary sage, iris, rose absolute, vetiver Haiti and India, sandalwood mysore, cedarwood virginia, orris root, tobacco, carnation and tonka bean.
It has been a while since I have experienced such a gloriously realistic citrus at the start of perfume. Vetiver Cœur’s opening is almost as if I am squeezing fresh lemon juice into a glass. But the amazing part is that it lasts for quite some time. This is not a 10 second start to a perfume which then falls flat. This is a grand opening and it is bright and light and evokes summer in my mind.
The perfume literally blossoms with a floral accord which is quite delicate. I can detect the iris and the clary sage ever so softly whispering to me. Vetiver is usually a harsh note for me to take, but the vetiver oil that is used in Vetiver Cœur is incredibly smooth. The dry down is extremely well rounded and soothing with the vetiver elegantly intertwining with the sandalwood.
Never before would I have categorized vetiver as an elegant note for me to wear. Tanja Bochnig has now shown me just how delicate the right vetiver can be. I am not surprised anymore when I love one of Ms. Bochnig’s creations, but I am bowled over that I can now say that I adore a vetiver perfume and need a vat of it in my house. It is in her ability to create something of such beauty with natural materials.
Do you like vetiver in perfumes? Do you want to try Vetiver Cœur? Can you recommend another vetiver perfume that I should try?
Oodles of fragrant kisses.