Heya Perfume Posse Peeps,
Portia in the POSSE from AustralianPerfumeJunkies and “totes” excited to be here. I’m a huge fan of Niche perfumery. That’s not to say I dislike any other kind, I LOVE FRAGRANCE! There is a special place in my heart though for the Niche Perfumers who are happy to live in an alternate universe where newness, product, ingredients and artistic endeavour overshadow the need to make big bucks quickly.
Leather Krem by Liz Zorn for SOIVOHLE 2011
is an acronym
Sending Out Inspired Vibrations Of Healthy Loving Energy
Passing on the happiness and good cheer one bottle at a time
Liz Zorn of SOIVOHLE, who has biographies in both Who’s Who In America and Who’s Who of American Women, is just such a perfumer. Coming from an art background Liz brings it to the table every time.
So having met Liz let’s talk about Leather Krem.
Be prepared because the opening breath of Leather Krem by Liz Zorn is all burning sugar and road base, WHOA!! it will have your nose hairs off, yet compared to Parfum d’Empires Cuir Ottoman it’s positively bakehouse-ish. As this extreme opening fades there is a dessert underneath, creme caramel or brulee, maybe a lime brulee, fresh from the blowtorch with whipped cream beside to cut the sweetness. Through this now slightly bitter but glorious pudding we get tendrils of fresh suede from the tanner, sweet and pungent, slightly chemical but mainly animal. It’s ready to be made into something sublimely comfortable, can’t you almost smell it? This is what Jack Sparrow might smell like after he’s returned to port and cleaned up.
Photo Stolen DailyDesignInspiration
After an hour or so these accords are joined by the powdery, fatty, smoky ash remains of yesterdays wood Bar B Q. It creeps in and moves beautifully with the sweetness and leather till it almost takes over. As if Leather Krem by Liz Zorn has given its last hurrah, now it starts heading for dry down, the leather and smoke departs quietly leaving a sweet vanillic whisper of something that is not you til between 6-7 hours, then gone.
Leather Krem could be a mint condition vintage find at the back of your Grandma’s cupboard. There is a real sense of history contained within this little bottle, so good it beggars many of the modern mass market offerings and even some of the wildly expensive niche; leaving them smelling limp and impotent. It has balls yet remains sweet and delicious. For your inner virago, being the boss, a sexual adventure or conquest. Nobody will question your authority in this hellcat. And when you’ve played your trump Leather Krem, like you, can curl up and be a pussy cat. Go forth and conquer!
ThePerfumeMagazine has an extraordinary review
Leather Krem by Liz Zorn comes as a Perfume Oil or Eau de Toilette and is available from the SOIVOHLE website where they do an extremely affordable sample selection and the full bottles are reasonably priced too. 15ml EdT only $30, excellent value!
Thanks for reading my fragrant thoughts, please come on over to AustralianPerfumeJunkies and have a squiz at what madness and mayhem is going on over there, we’d love to see you.
Till next week, wishing you all great health and happiness,