Olympic Orchids is a perfume house that was founded by Dr Ellen Covey in 2010. Based in Seattle, the house uses Dr. Covey’s years as an orchid grower, scientist and long-time interest in perfume to create artisanal blends that “reflect the mind and soul of the perfumer, not a commodity designed for mass appeal”. I received a bunch of her scents in samples from the perfumer, and I’ve been wearing these two pretty heavily this week.
Gujarat was the first one I tried, and immediately loved. It’s a spice scent they call a “full-scale Bollywood extravaganza”, and it is. But it’s a lot smoother than the description would lead you to believe. The spices (cumin, fenugreek, turmeric, ginger and others) are very soft whispers against the sweetly balsamic woods and softly petalled florals. I don’t think it has massive sillage, and while there’s a touch of Bollywood Technicolor in the number of spices, it never becomes too literal, or too much.
Arizona is a lovely piney scent that’s meant to celebrate the “evergreen forests of the Arizona high country on a sun-warmed summer day”. It has a lovely bright spiky pine opening that’s quickly warmed by chaparral and sage while shaded by the acacia and juniper. It’s lovely and bracing while still managing to have warmth to it, like a summer stroll through the forest.
Arizona & Gujarat are available for $15 for a 5ML travel spray, $25 for a 15ML screw-cap bottle and $40 for a 30ML spray at the perfumer’s website. These days especially it’s really nice to know there are ones out there that are not only this good, but this price-point. My samples were provided by the perfumer.
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