I’m a fan of Opus Oils, that crazy group of Hollywood Kids with the cheeky packaging holding seriously good juice. Wild Child is their ode to Patchouli, created for The Summer of Patchouli Love 2011 event hosted by Monica Miller of Perfume Pharmer.
I happen to really love a great patchouli, though I consider it one of those notes that it’s hard to get done right. All of us of a certain age have I’m sure less than fond memories of it done wrong: g-dawful headshoppy oils that were used well into the 80’s in my Western Massachusetts hometown (they very well could still be in use, I fled as soon as the ink was dry on the diploma) And then there’s Angel..
Wild Child manages to flirt with that 60’s hippy ethos with its patch, but never full on goes into the whole “I don’t bathe. I just apply more oil” thing that I find gagging in cheap patch. Maybe it’s the coconut, maybe it’s the berries but this seems a little more Euro to me: it makes me think of T-Rex and boys and girls at the beach at Cadiz around 1972, smelling of suntan lotion, tropical drinks and tanned flesh that’s a little sweaty from dancing by the bonfire to a transistor radio. On a winter day when the temps in Los Angeles barely break 50 is a lovely little breath of summer..
Notes: From Opus Oils Website
Top Notes of Saffron, Cabreuva, Blood Cedarwood, Peach Tree Leaf, Clementine, Yellow Mandarin & Wild Orange
Middle Notes of Honey, Milk Accord, Black Currant Bud, Tuberose & Peach Accord
Base Notes of Aged Dark Patchouli, Sandalwood, Ambergris, Dark Amber, Vetiver & Vanilla
Available in several sizes and products from their website. I received my sample from them directly.
Note: I wanted to put in a video of “Bang a Gong” from YouTube but WordPress su^&S as much as Blogger, which wouldn’t even let me log in yesterday to post on PST. Damned Internets.. So the link is here. Enjoy..