Roxana Villa is one of my favorite perfumers. She creates magical scents in her atelier high in the Malibu hills, all in small batches and all by hand. Hedera Helix is the latest I’ve tried and I love it. It’s a delicious, earthy green chypre balancing the sweetness of geranium with peach, rhododendron and violet leaves. Further along into the development it becomes darker and woodier (woods are one of the accords that Roxana is unmatched at) and since Hedera Helix is the name of one of the sacred trees of the Celtic forest, that fits. The final oakmoss (Wheee!) makes this a true chypre.
It also makes it a true delight.
It was originally created in 2007 as a special commission and I’m very glad it’s available to the rest of us. It can be ordered from her website, $205 for 7 Drams. My sample came from the perfumer.